Measuring distance, space using Google Maps for live storytelling

measure4I suddenly got the idea of re-coating a garage roof while at Yorktowne Roofing & Siding Inc., but I hadn’t taken any measurements for square footage of coverage so I used this free handy Android app called Maps Measure.

Maps Measure is a free measuring tool using Google Maps API that measures distance and square footage.

It also runs well in the most recent versions of Android in that it will display the full screen floating transparently beneath all the app and system buttons to give you maximum working space. If you are familiar with Google Maps, Maps Measure is a simple, added value layer.

Pinch to zoom or use the +/- keys to zoom and just push the map around where you want it. Like with Google Maps you can zoom right down into your house and switch between satellite and maps view.

The trash can doubles as a back history button. Tap it to remove your previous plots.

For journalists, it’s a handy measure of distance and square footage while working on a live story.

Answer questions like:

  • How far from the building did that accident happen?
  • How large is that quarry?
  • How many miles is it around that pond?
  • What is the mileage between two Interstate exits?
  • How far is it across the Susquehanna River from Where I am standing.

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About Paul Kuehnel


Paul Kuehnel
has worked for the York Daily Record/Sunday News since 1984.

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