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December 30th, 2003

Why does MapQuest suck now?

There are a lot of map sites to choose from. For a while now, choosy people in this household (both me and my wife) have chosen MapQuest for one good reason: you could create a map with multiple addresses on it.

Yet, when mapping out multiple addresses yesterday we discovered that the greatest feature ever was gone. Worse, there’s no reason given; all references to Trip Planners and the like are removed from the site with useless text left in its wake.

The dilemma now is that there seems to be no online map system that lets you map multiple addresses easily. Rand McNally offers a “road trip” feature that will get the job done, but I don’t want to pretend I’m taking a road trip to various locations in the Denver area. That’s dumb.

So, does anyone know of a map system that allows multiple addresses on the same map? Or will I have to do something very 1993 and use a Real AtlasTM?

Posted in Technology

FROM: Im Just A Bill
DATE: Tuesday December 30, 2003 -- 12:32:31 pm
This is why i was thinking of investing in Microsoft Maps & Streets or something similar, we used to have it at my old work and you could draw out your route and it would calculate everything for you, also would download construction info.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday December 30, 2003 -- 1:03:10 pm
Online mapping services have, indeed, gotten worse. Over the holiday, a relative's SO was telling me that they followed Mapquest directions and got lost in the exact same way they did two years earlier. Apparently, the exact same errors still existed in Mapquest's directions.

For simple directions, they're sufficient, but for anything beyond that, I think you have to buy it.

FROM: nicklama
DATE: Friday January 2, 2004 -- 3:35:14 pm
MAPSONUS.COM allows for intermediate destinations (ie. multiple addresses). You can also have the web site decide the best route for you (jugle you intermediate destinations to make the wisest route).

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