This guide described the different elements on the MapBrowser page for Australian users:
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 refer to the Toolbar Guide for details.
Use the Search box to
TimeView (the timeline) provides you with the ability to view the Nearmap imagery 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 between dates.
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 refer to the Comparing Two Dates section.
Click on the silhouette icon to open the menu. This shows your username as well as options to go to your Account page, Usage page, and Package page.
You can also go to the documentation site, or go to the New MapBrowser, 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.
There are four available view modes:
This is the standard, fully orthorectified overhead aerial map.
Panorama imagery offers a 45-degree angle view of a location, when available. Similar to our Vertical imagery, you can continuously pan around an area of interest and zoom in for more detail.
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.
The Roadmap shows a view of the street maps only, with no aerial imagery visible.
When the Street Maps checkbox is selected, this displays street maps over the Vertical or Terrain layer.
When the Properties checkbox is selected, this will overlay property boundaries on the maps. If you have access to the Property Boundaries and Cadastre Boundaries in the Layers tool, those will be more up-to-date.
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.
The 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. You can also double click to center the map and zoom into that location.
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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 document; use the Measure tools instead.