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Zoom to mouse location in Streets and Trips?
gpxfiles77
Hello,

Could somebody please tell me how to zoom to wherever the mouse pointer happens to be located on the map by just using the scroll? Currently it zooms to the center of the map I think, I hate that. I am pretty sure Streets and Trips used to do this, Google Maps currently does it. The other zoom options in Streets and Trips are not intuitive and a pain in the ...

I appreciate any help, thanks
tcassidy
Draw a box around the area you want to magnify with the right mouse button held. Click in it using the left mouse button.

Terry
gpxfiles77
Thanks for your reply. I already know about that one, I think its cumbersome. It would be so nice to just zoom in quick with the scroll and have the zoom centered on wherever the mouse pointer is located, then zoom out by scrolling back, pan and zoom in quick somewhere else at the mouse pointer. Why in the world Streets and Trips doesn't do that I have no idea
SnakeDoctor
Here's what works on my system (Streets & Trips 2010): I double-click the spot I want to zoom to. The map zooms in one level and centers on the spot I double-clicked. I can then use the scroll wheel to zoom in/out.
gpxfiles77
That is an improved method over what I have been doing. It still sucks, but better.
Thanks
jaykup
This is what frustrates me about Microsoft products, they never get the little things right. This program has so many nice advanced features, but the overall feel and navigation is cumbersome at best.

I take it no one has found a hidden option to enable "Zoom to mouse cursor" instead of "Zoom to center"?

Microsoft should take notes from Google!
SpadesFlush
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Originally Posted by jaykup
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I take it no one has found a hidden option to enable "Zoom to mouse cursor" instead of "Zoom to center"?

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As SnakeDoctor says above, double-click to cursor location. It zooms one level and centers at the same time.
Larry
Any of you S&T power-users know how many different ways there are to zoom in/out in Streets & Trips? I'll post them all here unless someone beats me to it.
SpadesFlush
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Originally Posted by Larry
Any of you S&T power-users know how many different ways there are to zoom in/out in Streets & Trips? I'll post them all here unless someone beats me to it.
Don't forget S&T Keys' on-screen buttons.

How does one zoom and center on maps.google.com? Double-click. Sounds familiar...
taoyue
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Originally Posted by SpadesFlush
How does one zoom and center on maps.google.com? Double-click. Sounds familiar...
Yeah, but Google Maps also allows you to scroll-wheel-zoom on the current mouse location. Which is exactly what gpxfiles77 has been asking for. And it isn't even just Google Maps. Microsoft's very own Bing Maps also allows you to do the same thing. And not just in the AJAX client, but also in the rich Silverlight beta client as well.

Here's what I wrote two years ago on this subject (boldface original, emphasis new). My opinion has not changed.

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http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/2738-review-microsoft-mappoint-2009-a
The single greatest improvement in usability is the integrated pan/select cursor. Left-drag to pan, right-drag to select... This feature doesn't quite make up for the lack of scrollwheel-zoom-on-cursor-location, but narrows the gap in usability. This one change should get written down in the UI design handbooks to show how a tiny change can make for great improvements in user happiness. I'm happy. Hope to see more fit-and-finish work in future versions.
There may be 75 other ways to zoom in, but if you don't have this particular one, then people are going to notice. And they're going to keep thinking:

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Originally Posted by jaykup
This is what frustrates me about Microsoft products, they never get the little things right.
If this zoom method hasn't already been added to the forthcoming Streets & Trips 2011, then may I suggest to Larry that he open up Product Studio right now and enter it for Mappoint/S&T 2012 as a Priority-1 bug. Copy-paste this thread.
SpadesFlush
The more ways of zooming, the merrier.
SpadesFlush
P. S. I don't normally use a mouse with a scroll wheel and most laptops (I think) don't have them. But it is fine if other users would like that feature; go for it!
jaykup
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Originally Posted by Larry
Any of you S&T power-users know how many different ways there are to zoom in/out in Streets & Trips? I'll post them all here unless someone beats me to it.
Then just add one more

Think about this example:

Someone wants to plan a route of "fun" roads, so they are going to be constantly zooming in and out looking at all different types of roads. Simply place the cursor near the area you want to zoom in, and use the scroll wheel to get a better view. Then zoom back out and zoom in on another area in a few seconds. Very fluid, very fast, very nice to use (try it on google maps). If you have to zoom in far using the double click method, you would have to re-center several times on your zoom, which can be frustrating. If it went to the cursor, you could "adjust" every zoom frame. You would move the cursor as you were zooming in to get a perfect spot.
Ken in Regina
I love being able to zoom in and out with the scroll wheel, like in Google Earth/Maps. Streets&Trips 2010 is close but no cigar. There seems no logical sense to where it zooms to as you zoom in. You have to constantly pan the map to drag the point you want to zoom to back onto the screen, as jaykup described.

Garmin has finally gotten around to adding the zooming with scroll wheel feature to Mapsource in the latest release and they got it right. Wherever you have the mouse cursor, that point stays right there under the mouse cursor as you zoom in and out!!

2 x to Garmin!!

...ken...
tcassidy
Funny, I had no interest in that approach with MapSource whatsoever. Whatever floats your boat I guess.

Terry
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