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Undo New Google Maps Interface - morfizm

Apr. 13th, 2014 06:57 pm Undo New Google Maps Interface

FYI. For those who aren't (yet) big fans of the google maps changes, there's an easy way to switch back to the classic mode.

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Date:April 14th, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
I fear, that option isn't going to be available for long. Just as it happened with other features many times.
Date:April 14th, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
I hope the new UI will be in a much better shape by the time Google disables the old UI.
Date:April 14th, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)
why would anyone use the old one?

except for people who like to see the world through tank's embrasure, which the old UI resembles - using less than half of screen real estate for map and obscuring the rest?
Date:April 14th, 2014 02:55 am (UTC)
Hmm, somehow I feel that the old UI gives me more screen estate than the new one. At least when I close the left pane. I tend to try to make myself into using the new one but still find it somewhat clunky.
Date:April 14th, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
субъективное восприятие вещь странная.

но вот картинки выше - на той что сверху показана большая площадь в том же маштабе.
а снизу Диме даже пришлось сделать окно шире, чтобы хоть что-то влезло.

у нового интерфейса есть много мелких недоделок, и приходится немного привыкать,
но в целом он уже сейчас гораздо лучше старого.

Edited at 2014-04-14 03:04 am (UTC)
Date:April 14th, 2014 03:42 am (UTC)
Я обычно прячу pane слева, и в таком варианте мое восприятие говорит мне, что места больше в старом варианте. Еще раньше на новых картах не работал двойной щелчок правой кнопкой мыши для zoom out. Сейчас, похоже, работает, так что можно еще раз попробовать новый. В целом, я все же dogfooding люблю, есть возможность повлиять на приоритеты.
Date:April 14th, 2014 03:17 am (UTC)
AFAIK there are a few features which are not yet implemented in the new UI, or are not as discoverable (e.g., "plan route w.r.t. traffic at a certain time" is well-hidden in the new UI).
I don't remember what they are, but last time I saw someone mention them, I could understand why someone who needs them would want to use the old UI :)
Date:April 14th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
Agree, the missing features might be the reason to use old map, just not the UI.
Like topographic map was added only recently, I used to switch to old one for that.
Date:April 14th, 2014 03:45 am (UTC)
Saving screen real estate is a good thing *if* you don't hurt usability and features. If you do, then... well, no. Think of extreme case: remove all features and make all of the UI 1 pixel :) Or, maybe even 0 pixels :) You would've achieved ultimate savings.

Currently, the new google maps UI, in my opinion, sucks on multiple axes:

1. Even if there was parity on features, it's definitely a serious learning curve, with *very questionable* value proposition on all platforms except small-screen mobile. Basically, it makes it better for mobile users, while hurting everyone else just because they have to learn new UI.

2. One of the keys of usability is predictable layout. User must not have to actively look at screen and find new locations of common elements. Once he learns where an element is, he just clicks there without thinking. New UI constantly rearranges things which puts constant cognitive pressure even for those who are familiar with the UI.

3. Multiple destination route UX is very inconvenient. The old UI had "Add destinaton". The new UI sometimes shows "+" to add a 3rd destination, sometimes doesn't, it also doesn't show directions in place - you should click and open a different view.

4. Common things like printing are very hard to find and require multiple clicks.

5. I totally couldn't find my favorite hybrid view.

I think these kind of radical changes should be rolled out after a serious usability study, which includes desktop users (at least in the same proportion as they are represented with real users). I don't know whether it was done or not, but something was definitely wrong if such a raw product made it to production as a suggested default choice.

"why would anyone use the old one?"

If you seriously want answers to your question (not just my opinion, but answers from random users), you should read the forums. There are plenty of complaints around.

Edited at 2014-04-14 03:51 am (UTC)
Date:April 14th, 2014 05:30 am (UTC)
Эм, потому что новый интерфейс - дурацкий? Я не представляю, о каком выигрыше в пространстве вы говорите, с учетом того, что выражающее меню, которое у меня никак не сворачивается, закрывает левую половину экрана.
Date:April 14th, 2014 05:30 am (UTC)
Date:April 14th, 2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
I use classic maps as well.