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    When did Google Maps become so faint?

    I have noticed for a while now if I print a google map the streets are almost invisible if you print a large scale map (4 or 5 city blocks).Seem to remember there use to be much more contrast on the maps. The Business names stand out and the street names are visible but the streets not so much.
    Am I doing something wrong or is google saving ink?

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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    You print google maps? Is that not the worst of both worlds

    Sorry, could not resist, in light of previous polite debates on ipads vs paper books!

    I have not printed from google maps in a long time... sorry I can't contribute to the conversation beyond a snide remark!
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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    I am old school and like to mark up maps. Paper maps when you can read them do not suffer with low battery either.

    I obviously have not printed out a map in a while either. Going t a car show and wanted a large scale local map.

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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    I still carry around my Rand-McNally road atlas from 1988. It is also what I used to win the virtual rally twice.
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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    I too kept my old Atlas. The new one sucks - too small.

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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    I was very pleasantly surprise when I made my annual visit to my State Farm agent and they had a large atlas again. I laid out many Healey trips using a large atlas. Never could get use to the little ones.

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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    I am rather fond of the old fashioned large road atlases. I wish they were still as easy to find as they used to be.
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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    Used Google Maps to locate an address of a new client a couple weeks ago, hit 'print' just to have a physical map. It was pointing to a wrong location. Got me to the right complex, right street, just not the right building. And yeah, it was nearly impossible to see the streets, as they were light gray to nonexistent.
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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    Seems they'd be smart enough to have a "print view" that has better contrast.
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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    Large atlas is avaiable but have to order online. I did see them at Barns and Noble.
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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryK View Post
    Large atlas is available but have to order online. I did see them at Barns and Noble.
    That is what I did... Amazon. Great road trip piece - I rarely/never use it to navigate, but use it all the time to tell me where I am. (Does that make sense? Google Maps on the iphone is way more efficient at routing and avoiding traffic, but it won't tell me I am in the middle of XX national forest, or near the YY river, or other items of interest.)
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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    Maps on your phone/GPS are like looking through a keyhole to check out a room.

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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidApp View Post
    Maps on your phone/GPS are like looking through a keyhole to check out a room.

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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidApp View Post
    Maps on your phone/GPS are like looking through a keyhole to check out a room.

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    Fully agree... google maps on the phone is really for getting directions. A paper road atlas is for looking at and studying.

    But I'd say google maps are like "listening" to the room through the keyhole... IMO the main advantage of google maps is the verbal instructions. I don't want to squint at the screen while driving - just like I don't want to study a map while driving.

    (No experience in the keyhole listening )
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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    I have been told that placing an empty glass on the door helps with sound transmission through the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Popeye View Post
    Fully agree... google maps on the phone is really for getting directions. A paper road atlas is for looking at and studying.

    But I'd say google maps are like "listening" to the room through the keyhole... IMO the main advantage of google maps is the verbal instructions. I don't want to squint at the screen while driving - just like I don't want to study a map while driving.

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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    Quote Originally Posted by David
    I have been told that placing an empty glass on the door helps with sound transmission through the door.


    An empty paper cup works much better... jus' sayin'.
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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    I hate having that annoying voice telling me what to do. I much prefer looking a place up on paper maps and plotting my own routes.
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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    Quote Originally Posted by waltesefalcon View Post
    I hate having that annoying voice telling me what to do. I much prefer looking a place up on paper maps and plotting my own routes.
    I do like my Garmin GPS unit - but sometimes the voice does get annoying, especially if I'm trying to have a conversation as I'm driving. Thankfully, I can mute it with the touch of a button. It is mostly accurate, but every now and then it gets me off track - not often though.
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    Re: When did Google Maps become so faint?

    Quote Originally Posted by waltesefalcon View Post
    I hate having that annoying voice telling me what to do. I much prefer looking a place up on paper maps and plotting my own routes.
    Printed maps don’t give you real-time traffic so you can re-route if needed.
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