I can't get the address search to work anymore. It just shows my current location and won't go to the addresses I type in. Any tips?
Can't duplicate your problem. If you are entering an address, be sure to include the street number, street name, followed by a "comma" than City followed by a "comma" between the State. You can also enter a zip code or City/State and pan to your location.
I too am not able to get the search function to work. I have tried street address, zip code, even the lat/long coordinates and I can't get the viewer to leave the Phoenix, AZ area my viewer opens with.
What browser are you using? Also, is it the latest version?
I've tried it on the latest versions of Chrome and IE. I was able to get it to work once but haven't been able to get it to work again since. I put the address in every possible correct way and there is no response when I click search or hit enter.
I've had the same problem. Internet explorer and Safari.
Thank you for the information. I have been trying replicate this issue with no luck. I've tried IE, Chrome, Mozilla and multiple versions of each with results showing every time. I've attempted this as a registered user, subscriber and logged out all giving me a result when I search. Is this a situation where you are getting no results with any search, even a generic search like city, state? Any additional info would be helpful. Did you share your location or not? Are you blocking cookies, running antivirus, adblock, pop-up blockers? I'm concerned this may be specific to certain environments. Many users are having success, so the more information we have to diagnose the issue would be helpful. Feel free to email any information to the contact us email link, if you don't wish to post details on the forum. The only attempt that resulted in nothing happened was when I intentionally misspelled the city name.
Same problem here. Internet Explorer 11.
Doesn't matter what I type in the search bar, nothing happens when you click search icon or press enter.
Same issue with the address search not returning any results. Doesn't even appear to be executing the search. I am able to zoom in/out of the map and navigate to the area I'm interested in.
I've tried using IE 11 and Google Chrome 56 on a PC running 64bit Windows 7. On my Mac running 64bit MacOS 10.10 with Safari 9 and Chrome 56.
Also, the compare function doesn't work properly. Choosing the compare function brings up the second map dates/types on the other side of the screen but the map won't change.
Also, most browsers are incorporating some form of pop-up blockers as well as a growing number of users are running ad blockers. Requiring users to find and suspend these features is not very user-friendly.
It appears that many of the "bells-and-whistles" of the new site are just too sensitive to having users working within the optimum environment and not built to be cross-platform, cross-software compatible. Perhaps the developer could add flexibility for things that the average user has installed and uses on a daily basis.
It appears to be browser specific which we have been unable to replicate. Is it possible, to turn-off the ad or pop-up blockers to see if this resolves the issue? Most of us don’t like the ads that appear on websites. If it wasn’t for these ads, it’s unlikely the websites you are visiting would exist. It’s the ads and the number of impressions and click thru’s that generate revenue for website owners, publishers, developers, ad networks and the ad exchanges.
I have turned off all ad or pop up blockers, deleted all history, cookies, temp files, etc. Still does not work on my IE11. You can type the address but nothing will let you search. Works fine on iPhone if you can stand trying to zoom in and out to use the microscopic controls and re-center the map every time you change something.
Brett... I understand what you're saying about ads and revenue but most sites that believe they have premium content (like this site) will often move to a subscription model. This only works if you have something no one else does. Several of the old school news sites like the New York Times have moved to subscriptions and they're not finding it very profitable as users just go to another news site that offers equivalent stories for free.
Developers can code sites to work with pop-up and ad blockers. Just need to work out the bugs.
Mapsurfer, we have not even started running ads on the free viewer, yet It was too funny to get complaints for the imaginary ads on the new website. As far as the search function it seems to be a very isolated problem. We have spent countless hours trying to replicate the problem. It seems like it might be a private domain issue. We need to know if people on viewing the website at home or at the office in which the network is blocking certain functions.
We reviewed the problem again this morning and made a small change. There were two events being monitored, one where the search button is clicked and another when the return button is pressed. There may have been some confusion by some browsers as to which event should get fired. Now, instead of each even calling the geocode routine, they each submit the form which calls the geocode routine.
If this does not fix the issue as a temporary solution... if you have the 'map' layer selected, you are able to zoom out beyond the limits we have imposed on our aerial and topo layers. Therefore, if you are unable to search on a location, go to the 'map' layer and zoom out and then zoom in to your location. Until we are sure the search is working, we will leave this 'feature' active.
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We were finally able to replicate this issue today. We're looking into it. Someone finally sent an address that was resulting in no response. Informative responses and constructive criticism are much more helpful for us to solve issues.
Thanks for those sending the error report! We have made a small change and have since been unable to reproduce the error (Version 0.0.39). For those that have this issue, please go back to the viewer (https://www.historicaerials.com/viewer) and refresh your cache by holding the Ctrl and Shift buttons down, then press the R key. After the page refreshes, try to enter an address into the search bar and see if the viewer moves to that location. Then let us know of your result. We appreciate your help and patience!
Seems to be working now, even the comparison tools are working. Glad you all were able to find the problem on your end and come up with a fix. Appreciate the work.
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It appears that you have exhausted your credits for this month. That's ok, we'll spot you a few until your monthly subscription turns over. To get more credits before then, you might want to consider bumping your subscription to the next level. Otherwise, just wait until when you'll receive a new allotment for the month. If you still aren't satisfied, we would be happy to discuss your situation. Just call us during business hours at (xxx) xxx-xxxx.
Unfortunately you have spent your quota of credits for the month. To get more credits before then, you might want to consider bumping your subscription to the next level. Otherwise, just wait until when you'll receive a new allotment for the month. If you still aren't satisfied, we would be happy to discuss your situation. Just call us during business hours at (480) 967-6752.
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We admit it, websites can be confusing. Especially sites as unique as Historic Aerials. If you haven't worked any mapping websites, operation might not be obvious to you. To help you scale this short (we hope) learning curve, we have compiled this list of common tasks. We also encourage you to explore. Move the mouse around and try clicking on things. Don't worry, you won't break anything.
Note that this is an interactive guide. You can keep it on the screen while you try our suggestions. To move this guide to the side of the screen, just click and drag the heading of the popup window to wherever you want it.
Let's get started!
Chances are, you aren't interested in the area we present to you by default. If you chose not to block your location, the default area will be your current location, or more specifically, the location of your Internet provider. Otherwise, you will be dropped off in Tempe, Arizona where our headquarters is located.
To move the map, drag it by clicking and holding down the left mouse button (or only mouse button if on a Mac.) With the mouse button pressed over the map, move the mouse and the map will pan. Go ahead and try it now.
That's all well and good you say, but the world is a big place. Panning to Fargo, North Dakota from Yuma, Arizona might take awhile. There's an easier way... see that text box in the upper left of the viewer with the text 'geo coordinates or street address'? Click on that text box and type Fargo, North Dakota, then click the 'go' button to the right, or press the [Enter] key. Your map should now display with a center location in Fargo, North Dakota.
The text search box works for street addresses, cities, and even landmarks. Try searching for Mount Rushmore.
On the upper left side of the viewer content area are the zoom controls, indicated by the plus (+) and minus (-) sign. To zoom in, click on the plus, to zoom out, click on the minus.
Maps are used for orientation, and we don't deviate from their utility. However, you likely came here to view some historic aerial imagery, not to view maps, right?
To view the aerial view of the current map location, you need to select an aerial year to display. Click on the aerials button in the top left of the viewer. You should see a list of years pop out to the right. These are the years of aerial coverage that we currently have for the area indicated by center point of the map. To select a year, just click on the year you want to see. The current year will now display under the aerials button and within a couple seconds, the imagery for that year will replace the map.
To select another year, click on the aerials button again and select a different year. Note that you can pan around, or zoom like we did with the map.
Ready for this? You already know how to view topographic maps. That's right, it works just like the aerial selection. Just click on the topos button and select the year you wish to view.
Like the aerials and topos selectors, the atlases will let you view additional historical representations of the viewing area. We have geo-referenced digitized versions of historic maps and property boundary documents. This is also where you can select the map layer if you so desire. Note that our atlas selection is rather scarce as we are currently working on this arduous task.
You may have noticed that only one 'layer' (whether that be an aerial, topo, or atlas) can be displayed at one time. To provide you with the ability to compare two different years (or layers,) you can use one of the compare utilities. To activate, click on the compare button.
You'll see four icons:
turn compare off
view specific area in circle
compare two layers side by side
set transparency between layers
Try clicking on the slider. Click on the compare button followed by the side-by-side option. On the right side of the screen a selector will appear similar to the left side. When you are comparing two layers, think right and left side.
The map is the default layer for both sides. Go ahead and select an aerial year on the right side that is different from the left. The slider on top of the viewing area allows you to move the demarcation line between the two layers.
To turn the compare tool off, click on the compare button on the left, and click on the X icon. Poof! The right layer and associated selectors disappear.
Unfortunately, photography from the sky doesn't come with labels. In other words, counties, cities and roads are rarely obvious. To help you identify these man-made labels, we provide overlays. You have the option to view major roads, all roads, counties, and cities. Just click on the overlay button and select which overlays you want to view. To turn overlays off, click on the X icon at the top of the compare tools.
Often times distance isn't obvious when you're looking at some particular layer. The measure tool lets you measure real distance between points, and even calculate the area of a polygon.
Click on the measure button on the left. A flyout dialog appears on the lower left of the viewer. Click on the icon left of the option to Create a new measurement. Further instruction will prompt you to add points on the layer by clicking. When you are finished adding points, click the finish option. Another dialog will appear with your measurement. You can leave the object on the screen or remove it by clicking on the delete option on the result dialog.
Like the other buttons on the left, clicking the measure button will toggle the measurement dialog on or off.
Ordering Digital Imagery and Prints
Looking at historical photos is certainly interesting, but what if you want a snapshot of an area unencumbered by watermarks? You can purchase imagery in the form of digital images (jpeg, png, or GeoTiff). Or you can purchase a printout of a selected area.
See that text at the top of your viewer area that reads, 'purchase image and/or print'? An arrow to the left of that text points to yet another button. If you have selected a layer other than 'map' you can click that button to make a selection within the viewable space.
After you click that button with the square, you'll see the center area of the viewer remain lighter while the outside area becomes darker. This lighter area is the selected area you want to purchase. To change the size of the selected square, click and drag on one of the four corner handles indicated by a small white square.
After you have positioned the viewer and selected the area you want, click on the 'Purchase Selection button now displayed at the top of the viewer. If you are a registered user, your selection will be added to your shopping cart where you can select your purchase options.
Did you get a 'Guest Order' page? That's because you aren't logged in as a registered user. That's okay, we'll save your work and direct you to the registration page. Registration is easy, and free!
Hopefully you're feeling like a pro by now, effortlessly navigating our historic aerial imagery from coast to coast. As you continue using Historic Aerials we hope that confidence grows. Our only advice is to try stuff. By now hopefully you've discovered that action buttons have hints by just hovering your mouse over it. You may also notice advantages of a mouse wheel in changing the zoom level. These, along with other tips will become apparent as you use our product. When in doubt, give it a click, and see what happens!