Join Christopher Breen for an in-depth discussion in this video Learn about location with Maps, part of Mac OS X Mavericks New Features.
As with Lion and Mountain Lion before it, Mavericks incorporates Applications originally designed for Apple's mobile operating system iOS. One such application new with Mavericks is Maps, let's take a peek at it now. So go down to the Dock and I click on Maps. And here's my maps view. Now the first time that you launch this, the map will ask you to grant permission for this application to use location data. This is something that you want to turn on, because it makes it easier for, one, determine where you are but also create directions and I'll talk about doing that a little bit later.
By default you see this standard view, this is your regular old map in a graphical representation, but you have two other views. One of them is hybrid and this is a satellite view with labels or a regular satellite view which has no labels. If you choose either satellite or hybrid, you'll see the globe and you'll see where it's daylight at that particular time of day. So in my case, I'm recording in California and it's daytime however, in Europe, it's night. I've just shown you one way to move around that map and that is to click and drag.
But there are other ways to do it, you can use the next keyboard. So here is the Right Arrow key. Here's the Down Arrow key, Left Arrow key and the Up Arrow key, Left, Down. You can also zoom in and out on the map, you can use the plus and minus buttons at the bottom of the screen to do that. If you have a mouse with a tracking surface or trackball or scroll wheel, you can scroll in and out. And if you have a track-pad on your Mac you can use two fingers to swipe and that will move you around the map or you can use the stretch and the pinch gestures to zoom in and out.
If you'd like to visit your current location, just click on the blue Location button in the top left corner of the Maps App. Now from here you can, of course, drag to other locations, but that's kind of a slow way to do it. There are better ways and that's to use the Search field, into the Search field you can type a number of things, you can type an address. So let's go to 100 Broadway which I've already entered once before. And here's 100 Broadway in four different places around the New York area. If you're in the US, you can also enter a zip code.
And you can also enter well-known locations. Let's go to the Golden Gate Bridge and we'll get a little better look by zooming in on it. Get rid of the label for now. Now I can look at this from an overhead view, but that's not very interesting. It's more interesting to invoke the 3D view now I can see it at an interesting angle. But I'd like to see it at a more interesting angle to do that, you have your compass button. You can change one angle of perspective by dragging it up and down. You can also rotate around the view by clicking and dragging right or left.
And if you want to go back to that over head view just click on the 3-D button again. Now let's Zoom out Move into down-town San Francisco, and let's see if there's any coffee available there. That rain of pins tells us that there's an awful lot of coffee available near down-town San Francisco. So not only do you see the pins on the map itself, but you also see their locations in the right side of the window, and when you hover over one of those locations you see its associated pin bounce to let you know basically where it is.
Now you notice this information flag hanging off this selected pin. This gives you the name of the location, and if there are any Yelp reviews to this location, you see the rating plus the number of reviews. You can get more information about it by clicking on the Info button. Do this and you see three panes. First in the Info pane, you see such information as the phone number, the website if they have one, a street address, and then entries at the bottom for adding a bookmark, adding this location to your contacts, getting directions, and reporting a problem.
This isn't a problem with a place of business for example if you get a bad cup of coffee, you don't want to click report a problem rather, I'll show you what it's for. This is so that Apple can get more accurate information about this location. So you might send them a little note saying, by the way, this has closed you should remove this or, the information is incorrect so, it has a different phone number for example, you would enter that there. The pin is in an incorrect location, all you have to do is drag it to the correct one. And, if your problem isn't listed, click in the Comments field and tell Apple what the problem is, here's another location.
You could also click on reviews, and you can learn what other Yelp users think about it. And, if you'd like, you can write a review of your own by clicking write a review. And you can also see images taken by Yelp users. One of the most helpful buttons in these windows is Get Directions. So click on Get Directions and by default, you'll see in the start field your current location. The end will be the location in the info window that you just clicked. Normally Apple will provide you with three different routes, the default one is in blue.
But you can change that simply by clicking on one of the other routes. The default option is to give you driving directions but if you like, you can get walking directions, so in this case, it turns out it would take me one day and two hours to get to this location from where I am right now, I think I'd prefer to drive. And under this area are the turn by turn directions. There are other ways to get directions. And to do that, just click on the Directions button. Again, by default, you'll start with your current location, but you can choose a different location if you'd like and just type in your ending location.
This can be an address in the US, it can be a zip-code or it can be a famous location. So I'd like to go to the Grand Canyon, because I've never been and it tells me how long it will take me, in this case, I get just two routes. Let's see what they have to say about the Grand Canyon, no reviews, but I hear it's pretty good. There's one other thing I want to point out here and that's the Share menu. If you'd like to share this location with somebody, you can see you have a number of options. You can share via email, messages, AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, or you can add it to your contacts, or you can add a Book-mark, I'm going to add a Book-mark.
Speaking of bookmarks, let's take a look, when I click on bookmarks, I see a number of options. Recents, bookmarks I've added and then also contacts. Any contacts that have an address associated with them will appear in black rather than in gray. If I click on that contact, I can then select an address. And then as with any location, I can click on the info button and I can do things like get directions, add a bookmark and so forth. Now while we're in Chicago I want to look at a few other things, So I'm going to turn off 3D view I'm going into the standard view and then I'm going to zoom in in standard view.
Now, you notice as I do so that there are an awful lot of locations here, for things like restaurants and shopping so in this case, while I'm visiting Elmore I may wish to go to the Art Institute of Chicago. One other thing I can do here is turn on Traffic. When I do that, I can see what traffic conditions are like around that area. In this case, a dotted red line indicates that it's stop-and-go, so there's a lot of congestion. Dotted yellow lines means that it's slow, but it's not stopped. And then as I zoom out, I can get a broader view of what's going on in regards to traffic.
Let's get directions here and we'll do it for this purpose. Because this application is on your computer rather than a mobile device, there will likely be occasions when you want to print your directions in some way. And you can do that by going to the File menu and choosing Export as PDF. When you do this, you can then take that file and put it on something like an iPad and you can go through your directions that way. Or if you're more of an old fashioned type, go ahead and choose print and make a paper copy on your printer. Let's go over to the desert for a minute. Death Valley seems like a good place to go.
Now let's suppose that I happen to have a lot of treasure that would like to bury somewhere. I don't have a specific location for that treasure, but I'd like to create one. I can easily do that. I go to the view menu and I choose Drop Pin. Then, I can pick up that Pin and drag it where I like and then drop it and this happens to be the location of my secret buried treasure. Please don’t go there because I’m going to need it for my retirement. So now I'll click on the info button and here is my drop pin.
Now I can only have only one drop pin at a time, so what I want to do is add this as a bookmark. I'll go up to my bookmarks, bookmarks, here's my dropped pin and it'll take me to that location. Let's go back again, because that isn't very helpful in terms of what the thing's called. So, I click on Edit wow I can change the name and I'll click on Done andnd click outside. Now I can remove that Pin, but the pointer to my treasure hasn't moved again back to Bookmarks. Here's buried treasure and there's the Pin and my what a scenic location.
Let's zoom out to get a better view of the country and with that I'll say that these are the main features of Maverick's new Map Application.