Maps may still be available in gasoline stations, but today every smartphone and tablet comes with built-in maps apps. Even the Mac has Apple’s own Maps app. Where’s the Google Maps app for the Mac? Oh, right. There isn’t one. So, use this instead.
Maps In The Menubar
There’s nothing wrong with using Google Maps on the Mac other than it remains stuck inside a web browser window. It’s 2014 and the era of standalone apps, Google. What’s up with that?
Well, there’s a solution to Google’s oversight and it’s pretty good (if you don’t mind spending a few dollars for ease of use). It’s called MenuTab for Google Maps.
From the app’s name alone you know exactly what you’re getting. Think Apple Maps for Mac, but it’s Google Maps and it’s available with a click to the Menubar.
Click and you get Maps in a standard Mac app window.
MenuTab for Google Maps comes with plenty of useful features, too. That includes satellite view, adjustable window resizing, Google Street View, directions along with route calculations.
More or less what you see in MenuTab for Google Maps is what you’d see in Google Maps in Safari.
Wait. There’s more!
MenuTab for Google Maps replicates functionality from Google Maps, but also features an adjustable window, displays your current location, and can even use the compact Google Maps view on Mac’s with limited screen real estate.
There’s a built-in keyboard shortcut which brings Maps to the screen. That’s my favorite feature. As a Menubar app that means you can access Maps from within any Mac application. It’s not a free utility but it’s priced right.