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      25.04.2010 02:05
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      the one with the original idea but has been bettered since

      Multimap is now at least partly owned by Microsoft as far as I know. The main product is online mapping. They also do point to point route finding. The problem is though that it is simply a way of getting a very specialised paper map on a narrow band of the country. In the past I have found it quite difficult to understand the instructions that come as part of the map printout and then once I do get lost getting back on the route is much harder since the actual map graphic isn't very useful.

      The site does have some uses however. It makes it money from showing your where businesses are. Companies can use their technology on there websites to give details of where they are located. This is where the bulk of the business lies and it does it very well.

      A new product is the idea that you can search for the closest cafe/bar/park etc to where you are with directions. This is something which is becoming very popular now. I am not sure that it does it any better than for example the range of iPhone applications which exist for free including Google Maps which comes with it. Multimap has been around a lot longer than Google Maps but I think it is not as easy to use or as flexible as Google's product is.

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      12.03.2010 16:51
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      A useful compliment to traditional maps

      Multimap is a website with a pretty self explanatory title - it is an online road map website.

      Multimap vs. traditional map!

      Advantages:
      - On multimap you can search to and from specific postcodes
      - The website can calculate for you either the shortest route or the quickest route
      - You can print out a list of written instructions
      - More up to date than maps
      - You can get an ariel (photographic) view of an area
      - Covers more countries than just England (although I'm not sure how many and which ones).
      - Tells you the exact mileage from one place to another (useful if you need to claim back petrol costs).
      - You can zoom in on a map for greater detail.

      Disadvantages:
      - If you manage to get lost and only have with you your printed instructions from multimap then they may well be not very useful! If you've strayed from the route they have set out then you have nothing to base your current location on to find your way back on the right track.
      - Can be wrong! I got directions from multimap when I needed to go to a job interview - it told me to turn down a road that didn't exist and I ended up using common sense and guess work to get there instead.
      - Not always that accurate. Obviously postcodes tend to cover more than one property and this is not multimaps fault but when you put in a postcode it could indicate that the destination is slightly different to it's actual location, of course this can be rectified if you know and enter the full address. For example when I do a search from my postcode it suggests that my house is actually located around the corner in another road from where it actually is.

      The website itself:

      The website is designed quite simply and effectively, making it easy to use. When you arrive at the home page you will see a blue box to the left where you can enter an address to find a map, if however you are looking for directions to somewhere, these are also easy to find as there is a tap along the top of the page entitled 'get directions'. If you click on this you get another page with a box asking you to enter where you want to go to and from (with drop down lists enabling you to change the country). Upon entering this information and clicking 'find' you will get a speedy response from the website giving you a list of written directions, estimated travel time and length of journey in miles. You can also make adjustments such as quickest/shortest route and walking or driving. Further to this there is a print button so you don't have to write everything down!

      A further feature of the website is 'find a business' (also located as a tap at the top of the page) where you can enter a company and the area and it will find it for you. I rarely use this feature myself but I can see how it would be very useful for some people.

      Conclusion:
      A very useful website which in my opinion compliments traditional maps, but does not replace them (so keep one in your car just in case).
      Multimap has existed for a number of years now and I'm sure that it will continue to improve as time goes on.
      I would advise using multimap if you're unsure of a destination and are lacking a sat nav (like myself).

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        22.12.2009 21:34
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        Hopefully will continue to evolve

        Multimap is a hugely valuable site that has come quite a way since its inception. When it began, it was no less a brainchild idea, though, an interactive map that's updated frequently with new geographical information. It allowed you to enter two post codes into its search and then get directions on how to get from A to B, as well as detailing the length of the journey. Since then, though, it has evolved considerable, now having options for both driving and walking, as well as allowing you to pick between the shortest and "fastest" journeys.

        The maps themselves are very well drawn and allow a lot of zoomable detail, as well as allowing you to crop sections out for a closer look. My only real complaint is that, quite understandably, it has a lack of accuracy if you're trying to locate a particular building on a large street. For instance, I go to London a lot and like to visit places in the hectic maelstrom that is that place, so if I put the post code of, say, a pub into Multimap, it'll bring me to the street, but given how some streets in London can extend for 10-20 minutes, this isn't really accurate enough. Still, it's just another stage of evolution that the site could make, and to be honest, even if it doesn't, it's still miles ahead of those pesky paper-based maps anyway!

        The site does, however, have a nice "business finder", that makes finding your nearest Starbucks or McDonald's a doddle, although my comment remains that in more populated areas it needs to be a bit more accurate. Still, it's an authoritiative service and there's no other one I'd dare use.

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        15.10.2009 22:17
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        MultiMap.com is a maps and direction advice website owned by Microsoft. First launched in 1995, it has since risen to nationwide popularity with Alexa traffic research ranking the website as the 99th most accessed site in the United Kingdom.

        MultiMap offers users maps based on specified addresses, cities and/or postcodes. Users first access MultiMap.com and input a post code to receive an overhead map of the area requested. Maps are presented in a generic white on grey background with black text. I find this format to be somewhat difficult to read, especially in areas where I am not familiar with the surroundings. To simplify reading, users may zoom into the point of search and this does expand the streets into a more visually pleasing display. Each map also comes with an aerial view which presents a graphical overhead view of the area. Buildings are generally visible but are not always clear as to their use. Houses and corner shops blend in together, so one must guess as to someone's location based on an address and post code as results are not always mapped with pinpoint accuracy. The street requested will be in the centre of the display but this may not be the exact building requested.

        The website also offers driving directions. Similar to the map function, users may input two separate addresses, cities and/or postcodes and receive the route which is estimated to be quickest and most convenient to drive through. The display is similar the grey on black format seen in the maps but also includes a blue marking along the streets to designate where one should travel. The visual map is also accented by text directions with estimated mileage for each step of the journey.

        Both maps and driving directions are quick to load. Independent testing suggests short driving directions, my house to my local corner shop, require a 5.2 second load time when using a broadband connection. As the website is ad supported, it's possible that the few banner ads which require loading add to this time. When the banner ads are removed from loading the wait decreases significantly. Regardless of the load times, I have always found MultiMap to offer a speedy and functional experience when seeking maps.

        MultiMap.com is a website which I would happily recommend to those seeking either a general map of a specific area or driving directions. I have had no negative experiences with the site and have always found the information to be accurate.

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          24.08.2009 15:25
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          Excellent and much better than Google, Microsoft

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            05.03.2009 20:38
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            Great user friendly site!

            There are quite a few map sites available on the internet as this has become one of the most popular tools which are used regularly by many people all around the world every day and I think Multimap offers one of the best services from these providers. IT offers a quick to load, up to date and user friendly site which I love.

            Since I have been an internet user I have used map sites in order to find directions to new place I visit. Although this has become less frequent due to me acquiring a sat nav I still like to print off a paper copy in case the sat nav decides to mal function!

            Multimap is great as it always has up to date information and is easy to use. It has loads of different features which include a Bird's Eye view and the function of finding local business around your area. This is a site which has been around for many years and they keep on making it better and better every year so I can't wait to see what new innovations they come up with!

            A great easy to use map site which definitely gets my vote!

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            26.02.2009 11:37
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            Brilliant map site !!

            One of the best map sites - in my opinion. A lot of people I know use streetmap for their location finding needs. However I have always found multimap to have the best maps of the best quality and the most accurate.
            On the opening page you will see a map of the UK on the left a search box and tabs at the top.

            In the search box you can add the address, town or postcode to find your map. This then comes up on the right hand side of the page. From here you can zoom in and zoom out. You can also change the map view to an aerial view which will show you an aerial picture of your map and a 'Birdseye' view which will show you again an aerial picture, but you will be able to distinguish heights of things, so if there is a hill you will be able to tell it is a hill rather than just a patch of green.

            Below the search box are tick boxes. They will show you on the map the following:
            Wikipedia - Will show you areas where there is a wiki entry, hover over it and you will be able to preview the listing.
            Tick any of the following boxes and it will show you on the map the following
            Railway, cash points, tube stations, parking, petrol stations, tourist information, traffic information, healthcare, post office, schools & colleges, shopping and Wi-Fi hotspots.

            Underneath these tick boxes are hotels (to show you local hotels) and toptable restaurants (restaurants in association with www.toptable.co.uk).
            Further down you have a search history, so your previous postcodes, or searches you have done will be in there for easy access.
            When you have chosen your map location at the bottom of the screen you will see the local weather (predicted forecast) and the nearest transport (stations and airports). There is also the latitude and longitude of your location.

            The tabs at the top of the page give you more options, you can get directions from one place to another. This will give you walking and driving distances and also shows your carbon footprint depending on what vehicle you will be driving in. Which is fantastic for all those who are environmentally conscious at the moment.
            The other tab to be aware of is the 'Find a Business' tab. This will search (within the area you have already chosen) for a business or type of business which it will then plot on a map for you. The final tab is to search the web, this directs you to www.live.com as a search engine, although I never use this as I'm a Google girl!

            All in all this is a pretty comprehensive website, which has got better with time. Initially it only had maps, but has gained some valuable assets, bringing on directions and finding a business will make this website invaluable. Also being able to plot on a map where your nearest cash point is has made my day! This website is established enough not to have any any annoying foibles and does exactly what it says it will do. Highly recommended !

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              18.06.2001 03:10
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              I have recently found one of the most useful tools imaginable on the Internet (aside from dooyoo of course). The site in question is www.multimap.com. Ok I hear you say, not the most stimulating of sites, BUT wait hang on there a minute, can ANYONE reading this HONESTLY say they have never been lost? Unsure of where they are going?? No I didn’t think so! As some of you will know I work as part of the district nursing team which involves travelling to people’s houses. The team I work for covers a huge area, and often I am at a loss as to where I need to be. Enter multimap.com – a site I rely on and refer to, as do many of my colleagues, who phone me to find out where places are. The site provides street maps and travel directions for the UK, Ok so any street map will tell you that – BUT enter the postcode of the place you seek, and it will show you the map, with the specific area pinpointed! Try it with your own postcode if you like. You then have option to pan North, South, East or west also to zoom in further if possible, or zoom out to see the wider map. You can also enter your starting postcode, and destination postcode and the site will calculate quickest and shortest route for you. These routes are extremely accurate and include one way streets! The site does state that the maps/directions are only to be used as a guide though – but I have found them to be 100% every time. You don’t even have to know the postcode of your destination, just the street name and town. If you enter for example ‘high street, derby’ the returned search will bring up 30+ destinations, it will give you ALL the addresses on High street Derby, including in some instances the house name, simply click the one you want and hey presto, you have a pinpointed location, right on your screen! Other features on Multimap.com include: World maps – click on the area of the world you are intere
              sted in, or search for a particular place, region or country. Once you have the map of the area, zoom in and you can find any street in the world! Ariel Photos – these are limited at the moment to major cities in Great Britain. Clicking on one of the cities you are given the Ariel photo of it (surprisingly!). This is not a feature that I ever use, but I am sure it would be interesting and useful to some people out there. The zoom feature is pretty good, as you are able to see good detail – including cars! Although it fell short of actually reading the numberplates! The site also gives and interactive London tube map – again not something I have had cause to use, but could come in handy should I be planning a trip to London at any time. Local information is supplied too, click on the place you are looking for i.e. pub, restaurant, golf club, music venue even houses for sale, and where you would like the site to search i.e. Ilkeston. It will bring up a list of houses for sale in that area! (I wish I had known about this when we were looking for a house!) The feature I use the most is the first mentioned street finder. It is especially handy at finding places on new estates and places in the middle of nowhere especially farms and the like. All in all a very handy little tool for anyone and everyone, that is simple easy to use and best of all its FREE!!!

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                21.04.2001 01:34
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                Imagine the situation. On the following Monday you have that important interview out of town and you know how to get to the town but you have no idea how to get to the actual place of the interview. You know the address and post code but that it is all. It looks like a trip to the local bookshop is called for in the hope that they have a street map of the area that you want but they don’t have one. Fear not, all is not lost because if you are reading this you have access to the Internet and therefore access to www.multimap.co.uk. You are greeted with a pleasant looking home page welcoming you and offering you travel directions to wherever you want to go on mainland Great Britain including the Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Anglesey and the inner Scottish islands. This is the place where all your road travel arrangements can be solved not just by showing you the route to take but taking you right to the door of your destination, by providing streets maps of the required area and beyond. In the centre of the screen is a small map of Great Britain and wherever you click on this map it will take you to that area. But the simplest way is by typing in the postcode of the place that you seek in the box below will do exactly the same. If you don’t know the postcode then the address will do just fine. But it’s not enough to just type in the street the town must be named as well. The streets map that comes up will be roughly 2km by 1km and clicking on the map you can zoom in or you can pan in all directions using the arrows provided. The area governed by the postcode will be ringed in red so that you know the location even if the initial map doesn’t label the street because it is too small to have its name printed in. Naturally you can print out your map and it is free to the user. There is much more to this site than detailed above and the best way for the reader to find out is to go and discover for
                him/herself just what is on offer. Your road travel problems are on the way to being solved.

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                  09.04.2001 20:49
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                  I first came across MultiMap.com through the use of Lycos. They must have some sort of partnetship with Lycos where the Lycos website used part of the MultiMap site and you were able to look at street maps on the Lycos website. Since then I have used this website whenever I want to find a place that I want to go. ~~The Services~~ The services that MultiMap.com offers, without sound too thick hopefully, are all to do with displaying maps for you. There are many different types of maps you can view, here is a short list of the major types of maps and services available for you to look at. ~ Street Maps and Travel Directions for the UK and Europe. ~ Detailed Maps of the Wolrd. ~ Aerial Photos of London and other UK Cities. ~ An Interactive London Tube Map. ~ Local Information to complement their UK and European Maps. ~ Links with Webcams. ~~The Website~~ The homepage for MultiMap.com is pretty standard, it basically sets out what services the website offers and has a couple of adverts. This is all layed out very well and a good use of colours has been made, these are not too bright and not too dull (just the right colour to make a good impression!). To access the services of the website you use the option bar, which is located at the top of the homepage. This has the following options; Home, Maps & Directories, About Us, Business Services, Free Maps and Links, Media Zone, Developers' Zone and Help. Maps & Directories - When you click on this link you get a search page appear with fours tabs, these are; Map, Directions, Local Info and World Map. On the Map Tab you can search for Building Names, Street, Town or PostCode. When you search if the place you are looking for is found it will be displayed. This map at the moment is not very detailed but can be zoomed into street level. When you click on the Directions Tab you get a route planner. You can input where you are starting, where you are go
                  ing, if you want to go via anywhere, when you want to start and you can either get the "Quickest" or the "Shortest" route. Before you can get your directions you have to verify the place you are travel to and from, just to make sure this is correct. When the route has been planned for you, you get a review of the journey, much like the one you get using AutoRoute (this is very detailed). When you click on the Local Info Tab you can search on Placename, PostCode and Grid Reference within the UK for information. The website gives you a map and you can find information on Hotels, Pubs, Restaurants, Sports Centres and much more… When you click on the World Maps Tab you can search for Major Cities, Regions and Counties. This is much the same as the local maps but they don't go into so much detail. The rest of the links are all to do with their business side of the site. The public side is the free use of this site for route planning, finding information on cities and providing maps of cities. The business side of the website focuses on selling products like store finders for use both on the web and on WAP phones. Although some parts of the website are slow most of it is very quick and very efficient. The only slow part that I found was the route planner, but I should think this would involve a lot of processing and it is no wonder it takes quite a long time. ~~The Underground Map~~ This map is basically the same as the other normal maps apart from the fact that it is of the underground. You can zoom in to see the map in more detail, which you will need to do, as you can't see much at the scale it is originally at. I can see this as being quite useful as you can plan your journey in advance, you just need to know where each of the stations appear in London. ~~The Aerial Photos~~ This for me is the most interesting part of the website. You can view what different areas look like from
                  a couple of miles up, cool! The only problem with this is that there are not many aerial photos, there are only about 30 and some of these are about six years old. ~~Overall~~ This is a very useful website, which should be used by anyone wanting to have access to a map of the UK. I have used the route planner and although it doesn't printout very well and I wouldn't use it at home as it would be way too slow it was quite accurate. The website has been well designed and overall is quite fast, especially considering how much detail must go into the maps on the website.

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                    23.02.2001 01:02
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                    Multimap.com This is an excellent map site and one that I was so impressed with when it was introduced to me. It’s excellently laid out and is very detailed. It covers all UK and Europe so you should be able to find what you are looking for. I was quite shocked when you are able to find your own street name and address first time round, all you have to do is type the street name or postcode, and your address is located. The map is in colour and you will recognise the street name. The scale of 1:5000, means it will be able to pick even the smallest of streets. You then can plan your journey to the airport or even to another street. This is an excellent journey planner and one that seems up to the task. You view aerial photographs of major cities, like London, and they are quite treat to have a look at. I’m sure it would have come in handy if I was still doing Geography at school. You can also obtain detailed maps of the world, which is fairly interesting. Like the one for America, the detail is excellent. However, the best thing is an interactive London tube map and the fact you can links to web cams across the UK. For anyone with WAP mobiles you can have the data downloaded to your phone so the next time your getting lost, use this site. The site is fast and it’s amazing how quickly the maps open, so there’s no hanging around. The site is so easy to follow that even though it offers so many features, it’s still very easy to use. I have used this site to plan a journey, and I got there slightly quicker than I would normally would have down. You can print the maps out and use them as you’re A-Z atlas. There’s not much you can complain about this site, it’s easy to use and very helpful. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who travels a lot and gets lost quite lot. Because this site will help……..it really will.

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                      25.01.2001 23:06
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                      This must be the best online map service! Do you want to drive to Trafford Centre, but can not find the way there! Now you can with this great Free Service! It can show you the amount of miles you have to drive! the different routes! local information! different scales of the map! Wheather forecasts! the lists goes on and on! This is truly a great service which can save you lots of money of the ATLAS! You can print the routes etc that you want and take it on your drive!

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                        There is an extensive and detailed database of maps covering the UK and Europe. With scales of up to 1:5000, so you can easily find the place you are looking for. Just type in the name of the location, address, or postcode and the search engine will quickly pin point all the locations with that particular name. Or if you want just click on the image of the uk and find your place that way. It has a lot of information on the place you search for, and has links to other websites such as upmystreet.co.uk which gives detailed info on a location to within the street. The world maps (esp. North America) are quite detailed as well so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding any location in the world. There are ariel photographs of the more populated regions such as the major cities and they say that this is being extended all the time. Also available is a London Underground interactive map and links to web cams around the country. I found that there was travel directions which although aren't perfect should get you there (well almost.) It is well laid out and has an intuitive interface so that the average person could use it effectively. The site is fast and even the detailed maps don't take that long to load. The information is fantastic and completely does away with the need for a world atlas. It is a definite must for anyone needing to find any location.

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                        30.11.2000 17:49
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                        Have you ever wanted to show a map on your website and gone through the process of copying and pasting a map onto your webpage? Well, this is OK unless the area of the map changes, for example if a new road is built, when you map suddenly becomes out of date. Multimap offers you one of the best ways to link a map directly to your website and you then know that somebody else has the task of keeping the map up to date. You can add a link on your webpage to display a map for any area of your choice in the UK. You do need to know the postcode for the area of the map you want to display and then you can use a URL as the Hyperlink to display the map. For this example I have used the postcode of a certain DooYoo company, the URL is all in lowercase, except the postcode which is in uppercase, with no spaces. http://uk.multimap.com/p/browse.cgi?pc=W44PH Now we know where they are! Why not try the URL for your own postcode? A red circle is shown on the map to show the location of the specific postcode. For a number of areas you can also click on a link to show an aerial photograph of the area (you can do this for the DooYoo map area). You can zoom in and out on the map from 1:10,000 to 1:4,000,000 and you can view adjacent areas by using the four direction arrows. There is a link to the weather forecast for the area and a tab at the top of the map that you can click on to see a selection of local information. The local information is in five categories and these are: Hotels. Restaurants. Local Enterprises. Local Information Sites. Residential Properties. Before finding this site if I was visiting an area I did not know, then the first thing I normally did when arriving at the town would be to find a newsagents and buy a local street plan. This I no longer need to do as I can find all the maps I want from this website and print them out. Overall I find this a really us
                        eful website for both printing maps for places that I am going to visit, or for adding links to a webpage.

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                          06.11.2000 15:34
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                          I found this Web site from search engine metacrawler.com. It is a cool Web site indeed to help you travel around United Kingdom. It can help you to find the location you required accurately, fast, and never miss it. Additionally, it can helps you to plan the journey from one place to your destination. There is one thing that I like most of this Web site is... it is not only returning the map of the location you ask for, you can view the aerial photo of the location. Simply say, you can see the photo of your house from the top if you enter the right address. Sounds fun indeed.

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