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  • #35566
    manicolaus
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    Pro is loading a version of Google maps that is about two years old.
    Google Maps (outside of WP) correctly loads the current version of the G map.
    I’ve got a Google Maps API key and entered it, obviously (since Pro won’t run without it)
    Changed the Google Maps API option in Settings to 3.26, no change.
    I’ve also entered the API key in the options of my theme (ColorMag Pro).
    Still get an obsolete, interesting but outdated, Google map served up in Pro.
    Can’t figure it out.

    #35592
    Perry
    Moderator

    Hi there,

    Can you confirm which version of WP Google Maps Pro you are running? I believe this was updated in a recent patch – if that’s not the case then we’ll look into this immediately.

    In the mean time this shouldn’t cause any problems, that version is deprecated however it’s stable and the advisory warning you see in your console won’t have any negative effects.

    Kind regards
    – Perry

    #35619
    manicolaus
    Member

    I just updated to 6.4.10 of Maps and am running 6.19 of Pro Add-on.

    I’m not sure this is the fault of the plugin. I checked two other WP map plugins and they give me the same result. My suspicion is that the API key that Google issues free of charge for embedding in third party apps only entitles the user to their old map versions. Possibly you can get a current map if you pay for a higher level API key. Just a hypothesis.

    #35634
    Perry
    Moderator

    Hi there,

    Google doesn’t charge on a per-version basis, all users can access the latest versions of the map.

    The only charges that are applied is when you get a premium account and exceed the free quota of requests (eg loading the map, geocoding addresses). Other than that the service is completely free.

    I hope that helps?

    Kind regards
    – Perry

    #35648
    manicolaus
    Member

    Glad to hear it. But then why do I get a version of Google Maps that’s three years old, when I use this and other WP Gmap plugins? And a current version when I use Chrome or other browsers?

    #35659
    Perry
    Moderator

    Hi Martin,

    That sounds very strange, the version which is loaded is dictated by the ?v=3.xx parameter passed to the URL when loading the API. This is specified server side and so the browser used shouldn’t make any difference. Can you please link me to a page that exhibits this?

    Kind regards
    – Perry

    #35689
    manicolaus
    Member

    Here is the page on my wp blog: http://chavezpark.org/park-map-3/
    Zoom to the flame icon near the center; the gps coords are 37.873113, -122.31783000000001
    What you see is the flare station as it was in the fall of 2015. I’ve followed this facility in some detail and know that a new piece of equipment about the size of a bus was delivered there and set down alongside the old facility in May 2016. The brown condition of the vegetation shows that the image was taken in the fall, before the rainy season that commenced in October. At the first rain the park turns green and remains green through May or June. Conclusion: the Google map image was taken no later than the fall of 2015. The Google legend on the bottom of the map claiming a 2018 date is just wrong.
    Now go to the same coordinates using a browser outside a WP app and you’ll see the new flare station, that was installed in August ’16.
    The story of the flare station is here: http://chavezpark.org/the-landfill-gas-flare-station/

    #35701
    Perry
    Moderator

    Hi Martin

    I would imagine that they serve up the most recent satellite imagery on their own website, but older tiles through the Javascript API (the API through which our plugin and all other plugins interact with Google maps)

    Unfortunately because Google has exclusive control of this, this is out of our hands and there is no way to change it.

    All I can suggest is contacting them directly to request that it’s updated, or waiting for them to update the Javascript API tiles.

    Sorry I can’t be more forthcoming on that!

    Kind regards
    – Perry

    #35723
    manicolaus
    Member

    Makes sense.
    Any idea who I could contact at Google to request an update to the javascript API?
    Thanks.
    — Martin

    #35759
    Perry
    Moderator

    Hi Martin

    You could try the following

    https://support.google.com/maps/answer/3094088?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

    Does that help?

    Kind regards
    – Perry

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