I'm seeing the nice animated building wireframes in NYC, but no 45 degree view here. However the colisseum in Rome is a really good showcase example for that (you need to be in satellite view to see it). Looks great!
Making the news rounds this morning is that Google has an experimental WebGL interface to the normal google maps. I have said that WebGL will make a big dent in maps and this is the first of them I expect.
So whats this all about ? If you have Firefox 6 or more and have turned on WebGL or have Chrome 14+ or Safari then you can do WebGL. In google there is a box appearing today saying "Want to try something new ?". If you hit that and go to the try WebGL then it might allow you to do so. Once enabled then you get some extra features.
a) Its faster with smoother scrolling and updates.
b) Its supposed to do the street view in web gl instead of flash
also from quite recently google maps have done a 45 degree city view.
c) In sat view and in certain locations that have been covered and when you are zoomed in enough, you can get sat view with 45 degree ISO style buildings. You can change the view direction to the cardinals and if on maps instead of satellite then you get the 3D buildings like in Google Earth.
So try it if you can. Im not seeing a huge difference but then I am on XP where it says you need Vista or 7, linux or some Mac OS's. And maybe my FF is not the dev 8 stream instead of 6. Heck I am not sure what I am supposed to see since mine is pretty fast anyways. But see what you get and post if you do get some differences.
Im seeing the 45 deg views too but then I see them in classic mode as well. From the screenie of it running WebGL tho I can see that the posted pic seems to have a view direction which is not limited to the cardinal points. At least in classic mode you can view from any of the 4 compass directions but not in between. I was guessing that the views are 3D models with textures and that in classic mode they are pre-rendered and streamed out like the map but maybe in WebGL they are sent as vector models and textures for it, more like google earth. Dunno.
In my classic mode I still have a zoom slider with no notches on it so that I can zoom to any amount and it will scale up to a varying amount. It used to be fixed zoom to a set of about 15 levels. Now with WebGL they are saying it has better transitions but mine is very much clunky (same as classic) so I think I am not getting the full experience even tho I get the tick box saying I am in WebGL mode. Dunno, anyway as Firefox gets more WebGL aware then I am sure it will get these features.
Nokia maps in WebGL. I like the 3D-ness of it. If your in New York then downtown Manhattan is a fun place to fly around. Prob because few people know about it at this point its quite nippy.