3D Maps Replace Atlases

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As with many sectors of the printing industry, atlas books are seeing a sharp decline in popularity. While there are some people that prefer to have print maps, the majority of these booklets and fold out maps have been replaced by the new technology of 3D maps that has appeared in various forms. Like magazines and even novels, the switch to online and electronic models is in full effect with atlas books as many consumers realize that there are many advantages to using the technology that is simply not possible with the print maps.

The biggest difference is seen in the popularity of the standard driving road map. Although they were initially expensive, GPS devices have gone way down in price, making them an affordable option for most consumers. The new generations of these GPS devices not only give the user a physical representation of a road map, but also provide driving directions that alert the driver to upcoming turns that must be made to reach the final destination. Many of the GPS devices that feature 3D maps also have entries for restaurants, hotels, and other businesses. By using the listings on these devices, a person can easily enter their preferred destination and receive precise driving directions instead of only having a general idea from the normal print maps.

Leading the way into the technology age of 3D maps, the google earth program provides an even more detailed form of the technology for home users. With the Google Earth program, a person can zoom in on a single point on the Earth and see satellite images that depict the landscape as well as buildings. In some locations, the resolution of the 3D maps has gotten so detailed that it is possible to see the three dimensional view of buildings from a street perspective. In addition, Google Earth has incorporated photos that have been uploaded by users to provide an even more realistic 3D maps experience.