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Google Maps now supports Safari Internet
Just a quick note from the Google Blog: Google Maps now supports Safari and Opera. Kudos to the Google team to getting it to work cross-browser so quickly!

[robg adds: Normally we don't run news items, but Google Maps have proven very popular, and Safari is used by something like 80% of all the readers here, so I figured it was worth sharing.]
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Google Maps now supports Safari
Authored by: apikoros on Feb 28, '05 09:20:32AM

No, it doesn't, at least not in OS 10.3.8, as of 7:18 AM MST.



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Works for me
Authored by: vertigo on Feb 28, '05 09:25:13AM

Same set-up as parent post, 9:20 AM EST

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Works for me
Authored by: bedouin on Feb 28, '05 12:27:57PM

Just got some driving directions using it; no problems in Safari. However, I wonder which is better at giving the best route, MapQuest or Google. MapQuest got me there with 90 miles, Google something like 120.



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Works for me, but not all the time
Authored by: gshenaut on Feb 28, '05 01:22:37PM

Google maps is definitely flaky, so do more than the usual reality checks. In one address I looked up there, it obstinately gave me a similar sounding address in a nearby town ("Xyz Road" instead of "Xyz Woods Drive"). Yahoo had no trouble with it.

Greg Shenaut



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Google Maps now supports Safari
Authored by: archangel on Feb 28, '05 09:44:18AM

Worked for Me too (OSX 10.3.) on a 2.0DP G5, but it was EXTREMELY choppy and didnt have the fluid redraw or point-to-point "Directions" connection either: took way too long to redraw.
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Still wouldnt use it with Safari. I'll stick to using Google maps with 'Fox 'till this gets cleaned up.



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Google Maps now supports Safari
Authored by: alajuela on Feb 28, '05 09:55:58AM

Seems to work pretty well for me in Safari [X 10.3.8]. I noticed that the startup screen looks different between Firefox 1.01 and Safari, but the graphics look just great.



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Google Maps now supports Safari
Authored by: Thomas_U on Feb 28, '05 11:41:35AM

Great! So much faster and more usable than mapquest and yahoo-maps!

I am just waiting now for european maps to be integrated.



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Modifying Applescripts
Authored by: natecook on Feb 28, '05 01:05:40PM
If you want to make the scripts from previous days (like these) work in Safari instead of Firefox (or whatev), replace:

	tell application "firefox"
		OpenURL googleMaps & addressURL
		activate
	end tell
with:

	tell application "Safari"
		open location googleMaps & addressURL
		activate
	end tell
Hurray! I love Google Maps!

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Modifying Applescripts
Authored by: totallyGreg on Feb 28, '05 02:30:39PM

Now that google maps work with Safari there is no need to specify a particular web browser. The call should be genericized to bring up your default web browser.

Unfortunately I do not remember how to do this. I believe it was tell application "System Events" or something like that but going through it's dictionary didn't reveal any URL handling capabilities.

Can anyone clarify this?

greg



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Modifying Applescripts
Authored by: totallyGreg on Feb 28, '05 03:30:56PM

I was able to get it to work using

tell application "Dock"
open Location <URL>
end



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Modifying Applescripts
Authored by: Puzo on Feb 28, '05 03:44:10PM
Yeah. Seems openURL seems is not compiling for Safari or anything other than Firefox.... By the way, the following part
		tell application "System Events"
			open location googleMaps & addressURL
			activate
		end tell
works as well.

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Modifying Applescripts
Authored by: darrick on Mar 01, '05 06:06:55AM
i had to use

tell application "Safari" 
     activate -- before open location
     open location googleMaps & params -- after activate
end tell


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Modifying Applescripts
Authored by: hedgeland on Mar 09, '05 07:41:08PM

Thank you for posting this! I was trying to change the script myself, but I didn't have the patience to figure out why it wouldn't compile by just replacing "firefox" with "safari".

I used your script block, works great!



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Modifying Applescripts for Tiger
Authored by: lonepalm on May 05, '05 07:12:31PM

Any plans to update your Applescript for Google maps from the address book for Tiger ?

Mike



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Next obvious question-Addressbook.app integration
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on Feb 28, '05 03:29:46PM

in addressbook.app, the 'map' function uses mapquest. anyone figured out how to change it to maps.google?

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Dragging the map doesn't work :-(
Authored by: staypuft on Feb 28, '05 03:45:59PM

Google Maps in Safari is missing the feature I like most. In FireFox I can click, hold, and drag the map around. In Safari I have to use the little move buttons and they often move the map more than I want it to. Hopefully this feature works in Safari soon.



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Dragging the map doesn't work :-(
Authored by: natecook on Feb 28, '05 03:57:19PM

That's strange -- dragging works great for me in Safari. Are you using a non-default mouse driver, or any unusual plugins?



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Dragging the map doesn't work :-(
Authored by: tc_nyc on Feb 28, '05 04:31:02PM

I, too, cannot drag the map in Safari. It works fine in Firefox.

-- 10.3.8 with all current updates, no mouse/trackpad drivers loaded, typical suite of Internet plugins (real, wmv, divx)



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Dragging the map doesn't work :-(
Authored by: staypuft on Feb 28, '05 04:36:46PM

I use Privoxy to filter web content and I use iScroll2 to add two finger scrolling functionality to my trackpad. To check if either was a problem, I uninstalled iScroll2 and turned off Privoxy. I still can not drag the google maps in Safari, I can only scroll with their buttons.

Dragging the maps works fine in FireFox with Privoxy on and iScroll2 installed.

I'm using Safari 1.2.4 on OS X 10.3.8 on a PowerBook if that helps.



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Google Maps now supports Safari
Authored by: dleifm on Feb 28, '05 04:00:31PM

I've got to say, yay!

Now... who's got a nice applescript to integrate Google Maps into Address Book? (The Firefox one that I found recently works great, but I'm partial to Safari.)

/not much of a scripter



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Google Maps now supports Safari
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on Feb 28, '05 04:26:30PM

this works great:

property googleMaps : "http://maps.google.com/maps?q="

using terms from application "Address Book"

on action property
return "address"
end action property

on action title for p with v
return "Google Map Of"
end action title

on should enable action for p with v
return true
end should enable action

on perform action for p with v
set params to ""
if street of v is not missing value then set params to params & street of v & " "
if city of v is not missing value then set params to params & city of v & " "
if state of v is not missing value then set params to params & state of v & " "
if zip of v is not missing value then set params to params & zip of v & " "
try
tell application "Safari"
make new document at end of documents
set URL of document 1 to googleMaps & params
activate
end tell
on error
display dialog "This script works with Safari only!"
end try
end perform action

end using terms from

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Google Maps now supports Safari
Authored by: hembeck on Mar 01, '05 11:35:40AM

It's a same applescript plugin do not work with OS 10.2.X Address Book. Time marches on if one doesn't upgrade to the latest and greatest.

-Fernando

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Google Maps now supports Safari
Authored by: Loh-Q on Feb 28, '05 04:11:08PM

Nada for Canada or outside the USA... Is there?
Bobbi
aka Lohquetis aka Loh-Q

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Google Maps now supports Safari
Authored by: john love on Mar 01, '05 09:13:04AM

I must be doing something wrong because it does not work for OSX 10.3.8:

I save the script as ~/Library/Address Book Plug-Ins/Address Book Driving Directions.scpt. In Address Book (3.1.2) I did not see this script appear under the Scripts Menu.

Then I saved the .scpt inside Address Book's Script Folder ( ) ~/Library/Scripts/Address Book Scripts/ and then it successfully appeared under the Scripts Menu ... but it still didn't work.

I then compiled it as a Application (.app) and placed it in the Address Book Plug-Ins folder and still no success.

I do have a "Me" card located in a Group, and both the Group and "Me" card are named with my name

John Love
 



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Google Maps now supports Safari
Authored by: kitm on Mar 01, '05 01:01:55PM

Much better looking than MapQuest but seems to be as inaccurate. To get to my house - a straight forward matter- Google takes me thru a national forest with no road and accross a creek with no bridge!!



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Google Maps now supports Safari
Authored by: raider on Mar 01, '05 03:01:34PM

Remember folks, Google Maps is very early beta. Also, the accuracy of routes or locations is probably a 3rd party issue, as if I remember correctly they get their map data from an outside source... But I can't find the article that I read that in, so it could be entirely incorrect.



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Google Maps now supports Safari
Authored by: rb3 on Mar 01, '05 03:48:59PM

This might be of some interest to those curious about Google's maps:

http://www.directionsmag.com/article.php?article_id=760&trv=1

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Google Maps now supports Safari
Authored by: rb3 on Mar 01, '05 04:16:02PM

This is a better link that the last I offered:

http://jgwebber.blogspot.com/2005/02/mapping-google.html

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Printing NG
Authored by: ChuckR on Mar 02, '05 09:23:57PM

Try printing a simple route map, a la AAA TripTik. Safari, both in hardcopy print and in print Preview, shows an opaque white rectangle, obscuring the map, defined by the start and end points of the route, and only shows the blue route "highlighter"over the white. Trying it with Firefox, the map shows, but not the blue route line. G4 MDD 10.3.8, repeat results on other machines and by other users.



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