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Introduction
The purpose of MapJack is to provide good looking pictures from cities all over the world, to get an immersive feeling of actually being there. To make the experience of walking down a street easier, MapJack feature three main functions. MapJack's browser window can be resized, and the borders between the three functions can be dragged with the mouse cursor to customize the screen space.
Blue dots indicate where pictures are available in a city. The blue dots are displayed in the map and in the picture itself, making it easy to just click on the blue dot you want to jump to. MapJack's mascot "Jack" who lives ontop of the map, then jumps to the selected dot showing the current location and what direction you are facing. You see what Jack sees.

The picture display
MapJack displays pictures in a way that is known as seamless interactive panoramas. You can interact with the picture in many ways using your mouse pointer and keyboard. You can also change the way the picture is displayed using the tools pane. Read more about this below.
Main display
Blue symbols in the main display are active symbols and can be clicked by the mouse pointer perform an action. The purpose of grey symbols is to give information.
You can change the current view by using your mouse pointer to drag the picture in any direction. If your mouse has a scroll wheel, it can be used to zoom in and out of the picture.
Blue dots
Blue dots show where pictures are available. Click on any blue dot to jump there. The blue dot with an arrow is the target for the Forward button and the Forward key on the keyboard. You can move the arrow between the different blue dots by turning the view. This is an easy way of turning in intersections.
Menu button
Click the menu button to access the tools pane.
Forward button
Clicking this button will move you forward to the blue dot that has an arrow inside of it.
Back button
The back button will backtrack to the places you visited earlier.
Zoom in
Click this button to zoom in to get a closer view of objects.
Zoom out
Click this button to zoom out to get an overview of the location.
Location bar
The location bar shows the approximate street address of the current location. It changes address as you turn left and right, to give you the correct address for both sides of the street. Clicking on the location button will change the mode to be either street address, link to the current location or latitude/longitude data.
Compass
The compass shows what direction is North, South, East and West.
Loading wheel
The loading wheel turns as long as the computer is downloading pictures or other files from the internet.
Keyboard navigation
Before you start using the keyboard, click somewhere in the picture to select it. Later, if you click outside the picture, you need to re-select the pictur' again to use the keyboard. Observe that the up and down arrow keys have different functions depending on the current zoom.
Tools
You access the tools pane by clicking on the star shaped menu button in the lower left corner.
The tools pane is used for adjusting the way pictures are displayed. It also features tips on a few topics. Browse through the tips by clicking on the buttons below the tip.
Sharpness
Inreasing sharpness makes the picture clearer. Decreasing sharpness makes the picture load faster.
At minimum sharpness low resolution pictures will be used, making the display look blurred, especially if you have a large screen. This could be a good setting if you have a slow internet connection, since the pictures load faster.
At maximum sharpness, the pictures are clear and crisp, but will use up more of your internet connection. Default setting for sharpness is 50%, giving a good balance between clearness and loading speed.
Quality
Increasing quality removes distortion from the picture. Decreasing quality makes the picture more responsive.
At minimum quality the computer uses inaccurate but fast calculations to draw the picture on the screen. Shapes get distorted, as can be seen for the sidewalk and building above.
At maximum quality the picture appears nearly perfect, but turning and zooming might feel slow if your computer is an old model. Default quality is at 50% giving reasonable quality and responsiveness.
Projection
Increasing projection improves picture quality. Decreasing projection makes the picture look more like reality.
At minimum projection the display is rectilinear, which means that all straight lines in reality will show as straight'lines in the display. In this mode the picture needs to be stretched excessively, making objects near the corners deformed and blurred (see the car above). Blur can be removed by increasing sharpness, see the above section.
At maximum projection the display is cylindrical, the correct mode if it would be postered on the inside of a round room. But on a flat computer screen, lines are bent heavily, making the picture look unreal. However it increases the overall sharpness of the picture, increases the field of view, and removes the "warping" effect when turning left and right.
Brightness
Use the brightness slider to increase visibility of dark or bright areas of a picture.
Preload pictures
Select this checkbox if you want the computer to automatically download nearby pictures, so that moving around will be a more seamless experience. This would also use up more of your internet connection.
Show visual aids
Select this checkbox to show the compass, the loading wheel, the address information and the move and zoom buttons on screen.
Show blue dots
If this checkbox is selected, the blue dots that help you move around will be shown in the picture and on the map.
Show grid
Select this checkbox to show the grid that is used for texture mapping the picture.

The map
The map gives you an overview of the current location, and an easy way of jumping to locations.
Use the map to click where you want to go to. Use your mouse pointer to drag the map in any direction
Map mode
The map mode buttons at the top right let you switch between a satellite view and a traditional map, or a hybrid combination of the two.
Jack
Jack is your alter ego, walking around town. The panorama picture shows what Jack can currently see. The beam coming out from under Jack is an indication of what direction Jack is looking, and how wide he can see. You can drag the beam with your mouse pointer to make Jack turn.
Blue dots
Blue dots show where pictures are available. Click on a blue dot to jump there.
Pan buttons
Use the pan buttons to move the map to reveal nearby areas. The center button takes you back to where Jack is standing.
Zoom slider
The zoom slider lets you control how close to the ground you view the map. Zooming out gives a good overview. If you zoom out far enough you will see markers on the map showing each city that has MapJack coverage.
Mini map
The mini map helps you understand where in a city you are. The blue outline shows the current area of the bigger map. You can drag the blue outline to move around the map.

City navigation
Use the drop down list to jump between different cities. For each city, you can browse points of interests, sorted into different categories, such as "Hot spots" and "Hotels". Click on an item to go there. Click on the [info] link to show more information about a place.
MapJack's search tool helps you find local businesses and street addresses. The search focuses on your current location, so it will return search results close to where Jack is standing.
To find a specific type of business, simply type in "dining", "pizza", "electronics", "music" or any topic you are interested in, and then click the "Go" button.
To find a street address just enter it, in a general form like "lombard st", or specific form like "1094 lombard st, san francisco, ca". To find an intersection use this example: "filbert st and jones st".

Adobe Flash plugin
To view MapJack panoramas your computer needs to have the Adobe Flash viewer installed. It is free of charge. Please visit http://www.adobe.com/go/gntray_dl_getflashplayer

Privacy and legal issues
MapJack panoramas are all captured on public property with the intention to show a city and its features. If you feel that a picture contains unproper exposure, please use our Contact Form to tell us about it.