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iPhoto ’11: The Macintosh iLife Guide to using iPhoto with OS X Lion and iCloud by Jim Heid, Michael E. Cohen, Dennis R. Cohen

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Map Options: Terrain or Satellite?

When you’re viewing a Google map in iPhoto—whether in the Manage My Places dialog or in map view—you can choose between terrain view, satellite view, or a hybrid of both.

Many times, the choice is one of personal preference. Choose terrain if you like viewing maps that look like folding road maps (kids: ask your parents). For an added coolness factor, go satellite.

But there are some circumstances that recommend one view over the other.

Terrain: for addresses. When you want to add or refine a place with a street address, a terrain map is often easier to read.

Satellite: for close-ups. You can zoom in for a much closer look by using satellite view. That’s particularly handy when you want to precisely position ...

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