Ask MetaFilter is a question and answer site that covers nearly any question on earth, where members help each other solve problems. Ask MetaFilter is where thousands of life’s little questions are answered. That would be totally sweet. Our neighborhood is not yet in any map service, so I downloaded the image, traced it in Illustrator, and added in our street. This isn’t too hard to do but it takes a few hours, depending on how good you are with the pen tool. Do you mean extract the vector on-the-fly, as part of some Web application, or just turn one or two images into vectors so that you can mess with it at home? If the latter, you could probably use Illustrator CS2’s Live Trace feature (which is pretty cool) to pull out paths from the image pretty easily. Sorry about the vague question–what I’d like to do is export the map that Google renders on-screen as a vector file, say postscript/eps. Probably this would lead to massive copyright violations, so I’m guessing no… I would highly recommend the products of Cartesia Software. They are at www.mapresources.com and have beautiful vector maps which are downloadable by the series or by the specific map. Cartesia’s maps are beautiful, and would be perfect–except that they haven’t produced a map of ther region I need at a high enough level of detail (northwest Ohio, street level). why do you want the vector image? if it’s just for higher res, you won’t get it, those are jpgs as it is, therefore at a fixed resolution (gifs if it’s not the satellite views, still fixed though). by saving these images as EPS and printing a larger version it’s still just as if you enlarged the JPG and printed that . Shp data can be read by with TatukGIS Viewer you can print to a PDF and then from Adobe Acrobat you can export it to a eps or ps…. =) Sounds hard, but it’s not. With mapmaker you can export as an emf and dxf which both (theoretically) can be read by Illustrator. Ask MetaFilter is a question and answer site that covers nearly any question on earth, where members help each other solve problems. Ask MetaFilter is where thousands of life’s little questions are answered. Source.