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Add a compass overlay to the map

If I'm standing at the location I need to know how to orient myself and the map...

Chris Bentley , 09.03.2011, 03:41
Idea status: under consideration

Comments

Ideaman, 08.10.2012, 07:45
Google Maps is always positioned on the north.
Bruce, 03.12.2013, 18:12
Except magnetic north is not true north.
Fred, 26.03.2016, 22:59
Add ability to draw lines and display compass direction of lines. I'd like to be able to orient a new house to let the morning sun shine into breakfast areas.
mathue, 15.10.2016, 22:12
I would love to see this implemented. Why? Video work actually, I can know exactly where the sun will rise and set. If I'm composing a time lapse shot it's very useful to know where the sun will be to know where to start and where the footage will likely end.
Will, 02.01.2017, 21:51
Folks, it's a map! Typically you look at the world around you and use points you can see around you to orient yourself relative to the map. You'll see the map "come to life".
Excellent work Vladimir Agafonkin, thank you.
Todd, 12.04.2017, 04:28
Here's why it's needed. My friends moved here from 1,000 miles south. Their kitchen window faces mostly east, but she is in the woods. It would be nice to give her this app so she knows on X date, the sun will rise at X degrees.
Peter, 11.09.2017, 16:48
Surely for a computer to establish the direction of true north it uses GPS so the problems with compasses and nearby magnetic items has been superseded. I would like the option for the map on the app to orientate itself to true north. This is because I would like to know accurately the direction of the sunrise and sunsets as I stand in my garden (solar panels are the reason).

There are no instructions issued with the app so some characteristics are confusing. Why are there sometimes two compass dials on the screen each pointing in different directions. How do I get the my location position move if I touch the screen. Sometimes when I touch the bottom left compass a black screen with a floating ball in a circle appears, why?

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