The map window is the heart of our online map interface. Users are able to use the MapBrowser to make virtual site visits, compare changes over time and see information about a location. This article will detail the functionality of the MayBrowser. Please select your region to learn more about the MapBrowser:
|Australia||-||United States of America|
- View Mode
- Street Maps Checkbox
- Property Checkbox
- Streetview™ tool
- Zoom Tool
- Scale bar
The toolbar on the left edge of the screen provides quick access to a variety of functions. Available functions depend on your Nearmap subscription. Please see the Toolbar Overview for tool details.
TimeView (the timeline) provides you with the ability to view the PhotoMaps captured on different dates. This allows you to see changes to the environment over time.
If your cursor is over the timeline, you can use the scroll wheel on your mouse to move among dates.
(1) List of available dates. Click on the list to see which dates are available and select the date you want, to view that PhotoMap™.
(2) Date showing. This blue indicator marks the date of the PhotoMap you are viewing and it appears if the date you selected is not available. This date is determined by the date of the PhotoMap in the centre of the map for simplicity. PhotoMaps from many different dates are used to create the single view you see, so showing all the dates can get confusing especially when viewing maps at high-level. We have therefore kept this information to the bare minimum.
(3) The selected date. This green indicator is the date currently selected. Absence of a blue  marker means the PhotoMap you are looking at was captured on the date you have selected. It is possible a date has been selected although you have not clicked on any of the dates. This happens if you accessed our website via a link someone has shared with you and the date selection has already been made. Move the mouse cursor over each dot to see its date. Select any dot to view the PhotoMap for that date.
(4) Available TimeView date. The dots represent the dates for which PhotoMaps are available. The number of dates available depends on the zoom level and location you are viewing. Click on one to see PhotoMaps captured up to or at that point in time. Once selected, the dot appears as a green indicator .
(5) Blue and green date indicators. You will see both the blue  and green  indicators, if you select a date and then pan to another map location or zoom-in on the map, but there is no PhotoMap available for that date.
When this happens, instead of showing you a blank page (which is not very useful), we show you slightly older PhotoMaps instead. You can see the date that is being shown by hovering over the blue indicator  or by the text “Showing…” which is located near the scale bar in the bottom left. Note: When they are both visible, the blue  indicator is always on the left of the green  indicator.
(6) Go to latest date. Click on this to quickly get to latest available PhotoMap for the location and zoom level you are viewing.
The AutoPlay button to the right of the timeline can be used to travel through the timeline automatically. AutoPlay will loop when it gets to the end of the timeline. The images are cached on your hard drive, so as long as your browser does not have caching disabled, the image data should not need to be downloaded all over again on subsequent passes through the timeline.
TimeCompare allows you to look at the imagery for any two dates side-by-side. This works in either PhotoMaps or Terrain mode. For more information, please see our article on TimeCompare.
Click on the silhouette icon to open the account menu. This shows your currently logged in username as well as options to go to your Account page, Usage page, and Package page. You can also go to this Support site or click "Log Out" to end your browsing session. Closing the browser window will not log you out automatically unless your browser is set to delete cookies upon exit.
6. View mode
There are four view modes available:
This is the standard, fully orthorectified overhead aerial map.
MultiView (Only for AU customers)
MultiView allows you to view the PhotoMap from multiple angles, when available. In general, north and south angles are of higher quality than east and west, for technical reasons.
This map type lets you view the terrain. It can be very helpful to switch Street Maps or Properties on while viewing the terrain map to make navigating the map easier.
When checked, this will display street maps over the PhotoMaps or Terrain layer.
8. Properties checkbox
9. StreetView™ tool
This is Google's StreetView™ tool and behaves in the same manner as in Google Maps. There is an orange man icon above the zoom toolbar in the upper left. When you click and drag the orange man icon, streets that StreetView is available for will appear in blue on the map. Drop the man on a blue highlighted street and you will be taken into StreetView mode. You can zoom in and out, pan around, double-click to jump to a different location, or click the arrows that appear to move up and down streets. Measurements cannot be taken in this mode. To leave StreetView, click the "Close" button in the upper right of the screen.
10. Zoom tool
Allows you to control the map zoom level. Click on the + / - buttons to increase or decrease the zoom level. You can also click and drag the slider. If your mouse has a scroll wheel, position the mouse over the map and use the scroll wheel to adjust the zoom level. Alternatively, use the plus and minus keys on your keyboard. (Hint: you can also double click to centre the map and zoom into that location.)
This link takes you to legal information.
12. Scale bar
The scale bar will automatically respond to the zoom level you are at. If you click it, it will switch between meters and feet, which changes the scale bar length slightly. Note that the same unit length may appear at different zoom levels, but the scale bar size will be different. Do not use the scale bar to measure objects because of the reasons outlined in this article; use the Measure tools instead.
United States of America
You can acccess all these tools from the Toolbar on the left of your screen.
Use the Search tool to
Use the Date dropdown to view historical imagery from available capture dates.
Use the View tools to
- View PhotoMaps, and overlay them with street information and property boundaries
- View Roadmaps, traffic, transit and bicycling information
- Compare changes to a site over time with SplitView
Use the Measurement tools to
- Measure the distance between two points
- Measure the length of a path with multiple points
- Measure area bounded by a polygon or circle
Use the Design tools to
- Create a site plan and position objects like water tanks and cranes for an indication of scale
- Design a solar panel array and calculate its potential energy output
Use the Data tools to
- Upload compatible KML and KMZ files
- View a range of public demographic data
Use the Pin tool to
- Find the date and time at which imagery was captured at a particular point on the map
- Find the elevation of a point on the map
- Find the latitude and longitude coordinates of a point on the map
- Create a direct link to a location to share with another Nearmap user
Use the Export tools to