Originally Posted by bomberjet
Not sure if anyone else is testing the new Google Maps right now, or if it has been fully released. But since I started testing a couple weeks back it has improved quite a bit.
The 45 degree view is integrated into the overall view. So when your zoomed in and still looking from overhead, you can actually see the towers, etc standing there. It's not on a flat plane. So when you're panning through the map you'll see the heights of buildings, etc. really cool. The building move past you.
I was checking out the Westin lot downtown and I panned over to the TD tower and it was like "boom here I am in your face". Super cool. When you pan from one side of the building to the other, you actually see those faces. So it's like you're actually in a helicopter flying over the building.
Maybe I am impressed too easily, but this is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen on the internet. It's one thing to integrate a few 3D models for major buildings downtown in large cities like New York or Toronto like they have done in the older versions of Google Earth/Maps, but it's another thing to have a full 3D model for every single building in an entire city the size of Winnipeg in Google Maps. This feature is truly amazing and extremely fun to use. I am blown away by it.