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More enhancements to pmShare

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 1:51 pm on Thursday, April 19, 2007

We’ve just added a category selection when you add items to pmShare.  This is used primarily to show different icons in GE for the different types of items that are added.  If you add your local McDonald’s, it shows their logo.  If you add a baseball stadium, it shows a baseball icon.

With this in place, it’ll make it easier to quickly tell what you’re looking at simply by looking at the icons.  As the database grows, this information could be very useful to someone moving to a new area or looking to go on vacation.

I know some of you are thinking that this could make the network link a big mess – and you’re right!  Left untouched, the small places like McDonald’s would overwhelm the cool places like baseball stadiums, mountains, zoos, etc.

That’s why we’ve just added a SmartView feature to the network link.  The network link will still show you 50 locations inside of your viewing window, but it will make the more important ones a priority. Places like baseball stadiums, zoos, theme parks and mountains are top prority; schools, churches and major retail outlets are second priority; places like McDonald’s and Kroger are bottom priority.

This means that when you’re zoomed out, you’ll only see the important things.  As you zoom in closer on an area, smaller details will start to pop-up.

Let us know what you think about these new additions.

Our three main network links have all been given minor makeovers

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 8:18 am on Thursday, April 19, 2007

In particular:

– Our newest files network link now shows each location represented by the avatar of the user that submitted it, rather than just the GEH logo.

– Our most popular files network link also shows the location represented by the avatar of the user that submitted it. In addition, it now uses our new algorithm to determine which files are the most popular, rather than just listing those with the highest number of total downloads.

– Our main network link now shows the avatars, too. Also, instead of just showing 50 random placemarks within your viewing window, it will show the 50 placemarks nearest to the center of your viewing window.

Hopefully these changes will make these files more useful for you. 🙂


Short video tutorial on how to use pmShare

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 7:39 am on Thursday, April 19, 2007

I’ve just created a short video that shows how pmShare works. Let me know what you think.

Announcing GEH pmShare – the easiest way to share your favorite places

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 1:48 pm on Sunday, April 15, 2007

We’re pleased to announce the launch of pmShare, designed to be a very easy for you to share places with your friends and with the world.

Once you download a couple of KML files that are built specifically for your account, you can add items from within Google Earth and they’ll immediately be visible to everyone else. You can even send a link directly to a friend, which is a great way to share locations without having to worry about uploading, downloading or any of that stuff.

As more people add more items, it will become increasingly useful. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of gems are right in my neighborhood – maybe a great restaurant that I hadn’t tried, or a celebrity that lives two streets over.

This feature is not meant to replace our main file archive. These items won’t have screenshots, and you can’t save image overlays, 3D models, or multiple placemarks at once. This is simply intended as a way to quickly share a wide variety of locations.

Anyhow, check it out! If you have any questions or problems, just let us know in our Site Issues forum and we’ll be happy to help you.

GEH auf Deutsch launched!

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 12:38 pm on Sunday, April 15, 2007

Following after our Spanish translation, our German translation has just been launched.

Check it out –

Significant improvment to our “most popular files” page

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 1:01 pm on Thursday, April 12, 2007

While it’s still not perfect, we’ve made some improvements to our “most popular files” page. It used to be simply a list of our files, ranked by how many times they’ve been downloaded. The obvious downside is that once a file gets up there, it’s not likely to ever come down (since the total number of downloads will keep increasing).

The new page is similar, in that they’re ranked by number of downloads. However, the count used for that page is reset each month so that newer files have a chance to reach the top. We know it’s not an ideal solution, but it’s a step in the right direction. We have plans to improve it even further, but figured we’d go ahead and put this first step in place.

We’ve gone ahead and launched our new ranking algorithm.  It takes into account various data from the past few days, including when the file has been downloaded most, whether it was a member or non-member that downloaded it each time, etc.  This is reflected in the “Popularity Rating” listed next to each item on the page.  Over the next few days it should become more and more accurate.

Go check it out!


GEH en Espanol launched

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 3:19 pm on Wednesday, April 4, 2007

We are pleased to announce the launch of GEH en Espanol, the Spanish language version of our site.  It uses the same database of files as our main site, but translated into Spanish.  The complete collection of files (18,000+) has not yet been translated, but it’s well on its way.

Other languages will be coming within the next few weeks.


New Google Earth Imagery

Filed under: Site News — by at 1:54 pm on Sunday, April 1, 2007

Google has updated the imagery for Google Earth Below is a list of the changes. 

 New high resolution:

  • Canada: Downtown Vancouver, BC
  • England: Northamptonshire, Nottingshire, Berkeshire, Peakdistrict, Birmingham, Greater Manchester, Avon, Gloucestershire, Linconshire
  • France: Rennes, Poitiers
  • US: Omaha, NE; Missoula, MT; Amherst, MA; Keowee, SC; Catawba Wateree, NC/SC; Rolla, MO; Nashville (“Burbia”), TN; Gaston County, NC; Anne Arundel County, Metro Water District of Southern California; State of Arkansas

Updated Imagery:

  • Spain: Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, El Hierro, La Gomera, Tenerife, and Las Palmas (Canary Islands) Spain
  • US: Austin, TX; San Bernardino, CA; State of Connecticut, Greater Los Angeles Area, CA
  • Australia: Sydney Harbour Area 


  • Danish plane replicants removed (read more)
  • Andes, Machu Picchu terrain repaired

Thanks to the Gearthblog