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1,000 games of football

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 2:51 pm on Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Since we launched Google Earth Football a few weeks ago, over 1,000 games have been played!  So far, Spider is leading the pack with a 17-10 record, with a few players (including myself) closing in on him.  Can you catch him?

Some forum additions — the lounge and a spy

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 12:38 pm on Monday, June 25, 2007

We’ve made a few additions to our forum. We rearranged a few things to help clean it up and then added The Lounge – a place talk about anything except Google Earth.

Also, we added a nifty ajax spy to the forums. You’ve probably seen a similar page on other sites – it’s simply a running list of the newest posts in there. It’s kinda neat during the busy parts of the day.

If you have any other suggestions for the forums (or the site in general), please let us know.

Update: In the future, the spy can be accessed via the “quick links” menu at the top of the forums.

Introducing Google Earth Football

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 8:56 am on Monday, June 11, 2007

We’re pleased to launch Google Earth Football, a creative way to play football from inside Google Earth.

Google Earth Football

It works a lot like the football games on early PCs – choose a play (“run”, “short pass”, “punt”, etc) and then wait for the results. However, using Google Earth made it a lot more interesting, with ball placement on a real field, screen overlays for various data and things like that.

I’m pretty sure this is the first app for Google Earth to take custom user feedback directly from within Google Earth without using the COM API or the built-in web browser. The other game we made (GEwar, a while back) relied heavily on the browser. This game runs 100% within Google Earth. If you know of other apps that do this, please let me know.

Anyhow, check it out. The game tracks tons of stats and we’ve built a leaderboard so you can see how you compare to other users. If you find any bugs or anything, please let us know in our new football forum. If you’re a Digg user, you can Digg our story.


Check out the Digital Earth Blog

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 7:49 pm on Sunday, June 3, 2007

Here’s a new blog to check out – the Digital Earth Blog.

Basically, I came back from Where 2.0 and the Google Developer Day excited about a lot of different products — Google Maps and Microsoft Virtual Earth being two that I’ve gained a lot of respect for.  Of course, Google Earth is still my first love, but I thought I’d probably be wanting to talk a lot about a variety of products.  This didn’t really seem like the place for that.

So, I started the Digital Earth Blog, covering all software related to digital mapping.  For now, the focus is on the three mentioned above but it’ll certainly cover more over time.

This blog will continue to exist and really shouldn’t change much.  It’ll continue report any major site changes or big releases for Google Earth.  Since I’ll be trying to cover a variety of software on the new blog, don’t be looking for deep daily updates on any specific platform.  If you are wanting very in-depth Google Earth coverage, be sure to subscribe to Frank Taylor’s Google Earth Blog, though I’m guessing most of you are already following it.



June 2nd: New imagery available

Filed under: Site News — by at 11:38 am on Saturday, June 2, 2007

Some more areas have been filled with better resolution images:

  • Alabama (USA)
  • Antarctica
  • Egypt
  • Great Britain
  • Greenland
  • Iran
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Spain
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Sudan
  • Toronto (CAN)

Full details can be found on Google Earth Blog here.