Google Maps Is Driving Me Crazy Why is it so hard to create and save maps now?

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I’m back from a road trip and feeling refreshed! But also irritated because Google Maps makes it so dang hard to create and save maps these days, and to access old ones I created a few years ago. Ugh! So as part of my process of figuring it out, I figured I’d make a blog post of it. Hell maybe you guys can help me.

Old Google Maps was cool

Starting maybe 10 years ago I created and saved a whole bunch of maps which had great features. I loved using them for things like, tracking road trips and calculating mileage; tracking the mileage of my neighborhood runs/walks; marking businesses or places you want to visit; etc. Here is one, with places in New York I wanted to visit; must have been 2008 or so:

Here’s one showing a driving route between Albuquerque and Cincinnati, OH.

Here’s one with the shooting locations for a music video our band made. It was really useful as we could share the map with everyone involved with the video and get them to very specific locations with much less effort and room for error as giving verbal directions.

Then Google-plus came along and fucked everything up.

But then, Google Maps changed

Now all my old maps are hard to access, especially on my phone. Which blows! I want to create maps using my laptop, then save the maps, and have them easily accessible on my phone using Google Maps app. Note to self: I should check the version of Google Maps on my iPhone as maybe it’s out of date. In any case, I have not been able to easily load my saved maps on my iPhone; I can access them, but I need to use Safari to go to maps.google.com to do so. I’d much prefer it to be handled through the app that that comes with the iOS.

I’m also having trouble creating and saving maps using their current interface. There seems to be no way to save maps now; you can either print them or get a link to share or embed. There’s no way that I can find to save maps and name them, as I did years ago on pre-Google-plus Google. The best I can do, far as I can figure, is keep the share and/or embed link to access the map.

The other thing is that I can’t add more than 10 total destinations (i.e. the final destination, plus 9 sub-destinations). Kinda lame you can’t have an unlimited number of destinations, as before.

So the best I can come up with right now for mapping out the road trip we just did is here, in this embedded map:

Note we are not stuck in Hannibal, Missouri, but I can’t add more than 10 total destinations so I guess I’ll have to create another one from Hannibal to Albuquerque. There must be a better way, right? Please help me in the comments.

Thanks in advance! It’s great to be home!

About Peri Pakroo

Peri Pakroo is the founder, Publisher and Editor of Pyragraph. Outside her work with Pyragraph, Peri is a business author and coach, specializing in creative and smart strategies for self-employment and small business. She has started, participated in, and consulted with businesses and nonprofits for more than 20 years. Her focus is on helping people build structure for their passions to find success on their own terms. Her blog is at www.peripakroo.com.

Peri received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1995, and a year later began editing and writing for Nolo, specializing in business and intellectual property issues. She is the author of several top-selling Nolo titles on small business and nonprofit start-ups including The Small Business Start-Up Kit, The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit and Starting & Building a Nonprofit

Peri accidentally started her first band The Moist Towelettes at the age of 40 with her husband Turtle O’Toole. Since then she has played in a number of bands including Bellemah and her own downer-country project, Peri & the FAQs.

In 2012, Peri saw the need for a resource featuring the voices of a wide range of creative workers and the many different career paths they take. She founded Pyragraph to fill this need. Here’s the Pyragraph start-up story.

8 Comments

  1. Justin Thor Simenson on July 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    You can save maps, I do it all the time.

    Google maps changed to Map Engine then again to My Maps. https://support.google.com/mymaps/answer/3024396?hl=en

    It is true that you can’t access them on the iOS app though. That is shitty. They have a My Maps android app but no iPhone app.

    Apple really needs to get their stand alone maps to this point, especially now that there is a desktop application of it.

    I love creating routes for road trips through paved and dirt roads. But for now I export them out of My Maps to a KML, then import it on another app on my phone called PDFmaps ( I also use Motion X GPS). But that is not an easy process. I do that because these trips dont always have cell service and I use my phone as a gps basically.

  2. padraic on July 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Peoria? That’s where I grew up! You went to One World too! Love that place!

    • Peri Pakroo on July 24, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      SO AWESOME. It’s my dream restaurant! I posted about it a couple weeks back on Facebook and one of my friends knew the guy who originally started it. What a small world! Do you know Yasmeen Najmi? She’s from Peoria too.

      • Padraic on July 29, 2015 at 11:10 am

        Yeah, it’s a pretty great place. Kind of like an oasis in the middle of Illinois. I don’t know Yasmeen.

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