Pay for Google Street View?

Like many of you, you might be using the Google API in your Geocortex apps so you have access to the Google Street View tool.  Well, for us it stopped working recently:

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We found out that Google changed their API terms of use this summer.  They have stopped supporting keyless usage.  That means you cannot access Google Street View through your apps without a billing account and an API key.  Keyless calls to the Maps JavaScript API and Street View API will return low-resolution images watermarked with “for development purposes only.”  You do not have to worry about this if you use the Google Maps website and Street View there.  This is only through API interfaces.

So how much is this going to cost us?  If you go for the “free” $200/month credit plan, for “Dynamic Street View” you get up to 14,000 panoramas, after that up to 100,000 calls for $14.00 per 1000 calls and 100,001-500,000 calls for $11.20 per 1000 calls.  Anything more than that, you need to call Google Sales.  Here is the pricing for Maps, Routes, and Places.

I am wondering if any of you are in the same boat?  Please post a comment on what you are doing!  -mike

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