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This guide describes the features of the New MapBrowser, and includes the following sections:

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Page Layout

The new MapBrowser page includes the following elements:

1) Menu

The menu allows quick access to:

  • Roads Overlay - when the Roads Overlay is selected, this displays street maps over the vertical imagery.
  • Split View - easily compare imagery for a location across two different surveys.
  • Locate Me - You can now see your location on our Nearmap imagery.
  • Get support, access our product documentation, and give feedback.
  • Switch to MapBrowser Classic - at the same location and zoom level.
  • Access your account page.
  • Sign out of Nearmap.

2) Search Box

Use the Search box to

3) Toolbar

The toolbar on the top edge of the screen provides quick access to the following tools:

  • Location tool - use this tool to find information for a location on the map. Please refer to the Location Tool guide.
  • Text tool - use this tool to add text annotations to imagery in MapBrowser. Please refer to the Text Annotations section on this page. 
  • Measurement tools for vertical imagery - use these tools to measure the length of an object or path using the line tool. Measure the area of an object or space, or find the radius. Please refer to the Measurement Tools for Vertical Imagery guide.
  • Measurement tools for oblique imagery - use these tools to measure 3D lines and 3D areas tool. Please refer to the Measurement Tools for Oblique Imagery guide.
  • Height and Width tools - use these tools to measure the height of a building or object from our Oblique imagery, and measure the distance along the ground in Oblique photos. Please refer to the Height and Width Tools guide.
  • Projects tool - use this tool to create, open, and manage projects. Please refer to the Projects Tool guide.
  • Export tool - use this tool to save an image from MapBrowser or export an image to be used in other applications. Please refer to the Export guide.

Available functions depend on your Nearmap subscription.

4) View Mode

Above the compass you have a drop-down list that allows you to easily switch your base layer imagery.

Vertical - This is the standard, fully orthorectified overhead aerial map.

Panorama - Panorama imagery offers a 45-degree angle view of a location, when available.  You can view Panorama imagery for each cardinal direction of the location using the compass tool. 

Terrain - 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.

Oblique -  Oblique imagery provides a 45 degree angle view of a location. Oblique imagery differs from Panorama in that you view individual photos of an area, rather than a continuous, blended vertical imagery. 

Roads - The Roads shows a view of the street maps only, with no aerial imagery visible.

5) Compass

When in panorama view mode, click on any of the cardinal directions on the compass to quickly switch to a North, South, East or West Panorama for the current location.

6) Locate Me

The Locate Me feature shows your location on our Nearmap imagery, which is great for visualising where you are in the field in relation to historical imagery. The feature tracks your location on the map as you move. 


  • For Locate Me to work, users will need to allow access to use their location - clicking ‘Don’t Allow’ will prevent the feature from being enabled. You can change this permission at any time using your web browser settings.
  • If you have chosen to use the Locate Me feature, we may record the approximate location of where you accessed this feature. We do not track or record your location as you move.
  • Please refer to Nearmap’s Privacy Policy for more details on the the collection and use of personal information.

7) Split View

The split view allows you to easily compare imagery for a location across two different surveys.

8) Date Selection

Using the MapBrowser date selection tool, you can view any available historical captures of your area of interest. 

Read more in the Date Selection Tool guide.

9) Scale Bar

You can use the scale bar on all imagery base layers.

  • The scale bar will automatically change based on your zoom level.
  • The scale is displayed automatically in meters for Australian users, and feet for US users.
  • When you use Export Screenshot the scale bar will be included in the saved image. 

Additional Features

Simplified Layout

The new MapBrowser layout has been designed with a clean and simple user interface which lets you make the most of Nearmap’s imagery.

Optimized for all Devices

The new MapBrowser has been designed with a responsive layout, which means it will work on all types of devices and screen sizes  desktop, laptop, mobile and tablet.
On smaller screens, such as mobile, some features are accessed via the side menu in order to save space.

Rotating the Map View

To rotate imagery, hold down the alt’ key while dragging the mouse. On touch screen devices, simply spin’ the map using your thumb and forefingers.
Clicking on the centre of the compass will reset the image back to North.  

Continuous Zoom

You can zoom in easily using your mouse or trackpad on your computer, or using pinch & zoom on a touch screen device.

You can also use the '+' and '-' on your keyboard and numpad to zoom in and out:

  • Zoom in: Shift and '+' on the keyboard, or just '+' on the numpad
  • Zoom out: '-' on both the keyboard and numpad

Continuous zoom makes the zooming experience smooth. You’ll notice the difference to the discrete zoom levels in MapBrowser Classic.  

Sharing a Location

It is easy to share a location with other MapBrowser users by copying the URL from your browser. Read more about it in the Sharing Map Location guide.

Text Annotations

The Text tool in the toolbar at the top of the screen allows you to add text annotations to imagery in MapBrowser.

Click the Text tool, and enter the text you want to add to the image:

You can use text annotations with all imagery layers, i.e. Vertical, Panorama, Oblique, and Roads. Also Terrain for AU customers. 

Changing base layers will persist the text annotation between layers, however when moving between Vertical to Panorama or Oblique, the placement of the annotation will be be slightly off due to the change in perspective. 
Annotations currently cannot be ‘saved’, but this is a feature that will be available in the future.  

Google Street View

To view a location from the new MapBrowser in Google Street View, right click on the location you want to see and select the Google Street View option.

Read more about viewing a location in Google Street View.

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