Google Mapper is a lightweight library that enables you to download images of any size from Google Maps. For instance, check this large and beautiful image I extracted using GoogleMapper. In addition to the download feature Google Mapper also permits you to transform geocoordinates into euclidian (x and y) coordinates and vice-versa.
Download. (last update on 8 Nov. 2011)More details in: http://googlemapper.pt.vu/