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EarthSwoop: Another great way to use the Google Earth plugin

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 5:30 am on Tuesday, June 24, 2008

As I revealed on the Digital Earth Blog last night, EarthSwoop has launched.  What is it?  EarthSwoop is a tool you can use to easily create collections of locations around the globe.  Some examples:

It’s very easy to create a collection, and the result is a nice interface with lots of tools to enhance your data.  Here is a short video that shows you how to create a collection, or you can get a little more info over on the Digital Earth Blog.

Here is an example of an embedded collection, the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums:

Powered by EarthSwoop | More info about this collection

Google Earth plug-in updated to support Firefox 3

Filed under: Site News — by at 4:08 pm on Sunday, June 22, 2008

As reported by the Digital Earth Blog and Google Earth Blog, the Google Earth plug-in now works in Firefox 3!  This was a silent update, as you don’t even need to update your plug-in — it simply works.  Presumably some code on the backend has been updated.

Updating browser plug-ins can be a pain, and I was worried that we’d be seeing a lot of them from Google as they get the plug-in fixed up.  However, this will be quite nice if they can do most of the updating remotely and not require users to update the plugin themselves.

It’s still a Windows-only program, but they’re making progress.  Now you Firefox 3 users can play with ShareIt, or embed our other files, or play games such as Monster Milktruck.

An even easier way to share Google Earth content

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 8:32 am on Friday, June 20, 2008

We’ve already showed you how you can embed any of our files and collections on your own site, but what if you just want to show someone your house, school, or some other location in Google Earth?

Up until now, you had to:

  • Open up Google Earth
  • Find your location
  • Create a placemark
  • Title the placemark
  • Save the placemark to your PC
  • E-mail to a friend

While those steps are worthwhile if you have a complex creation to share, they’re kind of overwhelming for just sharing a single location.  Welcome, ShareIt!

Using the Google Earth plug-in, ShareIt makes it very simple to share locations with your friends, and/or embed them on your own site.

  • Give your location a title
  • Find it in Google Earth (using the plug-in)
  • Submit!

The script will automatically create a new page for the item, a KML for Google Earth, and embed code for your own site, so you can do whatever you want with it.  You don’t even need to log-in to create an item — just do it!

I’m going to the Georgia Aquarium tomorrow, so here’s a quick look at that amazing building:

Try it out for yourself and let us know what you think.

Note: The plug-in doesn’t current work with Firefox 3, but according to the comments on this post at Google Earth Blog, we should see an update for it any day now.

More plug-in goodness

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 7:51 pm on Monday, June 16, 2008

We’ve just added support for the Google Earth plug-in to another area of our site — the collections.

Now, when viewing a collection you will see a link that says “View this entire collection using the Google Earth plug-in”.  This will bring up a page with the plug-in on the left and the collected files on the right.  Click a thumbnail to fire it in the main window.  It makes browsing collections much easier!  Here is an example using the NASCAR collection.

But we’ve taken it a step further.  If you see a collection that you like, you can grab the embed code and embed it on your site!  The script will build a smaller, more lightweight version of the collection designed to run on your site.  Here is the NASCAR collection using the embed code:

Since we’ve already built support for you to view our entire collection of 20,000+ placemarks using the plug-in, it only makes sense that we give you the power to embed those, too.  If you view ANY of our files on their Google Earth Plug-in page (like this page for the Hoover Dam), there is some embed code on there now, too!  Here is the Hoover dam using the embed code:

If you have any questions or problems, please let us know.

Major StreetView update today

Filed under: Site News — by at 3:08 pm on Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Google has just released a TON of new imagery for StreetView — 37 new areas, 10 new parks and recreation areas, and expanded coverage in 15 cities.  It’s quite staggering.

If you find something cool in all of that new imagery, don’t forget to submit it to our ever-growing StreetView gallery.

More information about this release can be found on the Digital Earth Blog or the Google LatLong Blog.