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New Google Earth Plug-in released, with access to GEH files

Filed under: Site News — by at 7:55 pm on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Earlier today, Google released a plug-in that allows you to view Google Earth content right in your browser!  It’s quite slick, though it has a few drawbacks — Windows-only, and no support for Firefox 3 yet.  Still, it’s pretty neat.  More info about the plug-in can be found on the LatLong Blog, Ogle Earth, GEB or DEB.

I’ve spent most of the day writing code to support it on our site.  I’m pleased to say that’s done!  For some reason, the plug-in won’t handle about 10% of our files, but I’m working on those.  To go along with that, I’ve made it easier for you to view our content in different applications (including the plug-in).

Look at the right side of this screenshot.  You’ll notice five icons next to each item.  Those allow you to view each item in Google Earth, Google Maps, Virtual Earth, Yahoo Maps, or the Google Earth Plug-in.  The first four options have been available for a while, but you used to have to drill down to the file detail page to get to it.  Now it’s much easier to view the content across a variety of services.

If you have any questions or suggestions on how we can streamline further, please let me know.  Thanks!

More fun in the forums

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 7:51 pm on Sunday, May 18, 2008

To go along with all of the new features from a few weeks ago, we’ve just added an arcade to the forums.

I’ve installed a handful of fun games, so check them out and see if you can top the leaderboard.

If you have any game suggestions or problems, please use our Site Issues and Questions forumHave fun!

A bunch of new features in the forum

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 10:07 pm on Tuesday, April 29, 2008

We’ve just upgraded our forums to vBulletin 3.7.0, which adds a ton of new features!  Some in particular:

  • Some social networking kinds of features, such as friends and groups.
  • You can create photo galleries, either for yourself or as part of a group.
  • Your profile pages are much better looking and more informative.  Here is SpiderX22’s profile for an example.  In addition to the new vBulletin features and layout, your profile page also shows how many files you’ve uploaded, how many StreetView locations you’ve added, and your current progress in GEMMO.  You can also leave messages for users directly on their profile page.

There are a ton of other small bug fixes and enhancements, but those are the major changes.  If you have any problems, please let me know.  Have fun!

StreetView section of GEH now open

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 10:27 pm on Thursday, April 17, 2008

With the release of the StreetView API a few weeks ago, followed by the addition of StreetView to Google Earth a few days ago, I figured it was time for us to open up a section on the site that was dedicated to showcasing fun StreetView content.

Voila! –

I’ve tried to make it as easy to use as possible.  If you are looking at a cool StreetView location in Google Maps, just grab the URL from inside of the “Link to this page” link and add it to our site.  The server takes it from there.

Your submissions will show up immediately.  You can vote on existing submissions (a single up/down vote) to help sort out the good from the bad.

I had hoped to be able to dynamically generate KML files for each submission that would fly you into the same view in StreetView in Google Earth, but that doesn’t appear to be possible.  I’ve done the next best thing, which is to dynamically generate a KML for each StreetView location which will fly you to that place in Google Earth — it’s up to you to enter the StreetView bubble and look around.

Play with it, add stuff, break it, etc.  It may be a bit buggy, so please let me know if you see any weirdness.  I wasn’t sure what categories to start with, so please suggest some more categories here.

Have fun!

News round-up for Google Earth 4.3

Filed under: Site News — by at 2:37 pm on Wednesday, April 16, 2008

As you certainly know by now, Google Earth version 4.3 has been released.  It has a bunch of great new features and already has generated a lot of reviews, screenshots and videos.  Here are some of the best we’ve seen so far:

Download it! — First up, you need to download this latest version.  Get it straight from Google, or use our download page.

Google LatLong: Introducing Google Earth 4.3 — The official announcement from Google, with a list of new features.

Google Earth Blog: Video Demo of Google Earth 4.3 — A great tour of the new features, created by Frank Taylor.

Google Earth Tour — Another video tour, this time directly from Google.

Digital Earth Blog: Google Earth 4.3 thoughts, screenshots and a video — A brief review of the new features found in 4.3

Mashable: Google Earth 4.3 Released — An overview from Mashable.

Google Earth Blog: New Navigation Gadgets in Google Earth 4.3 — A video from Google about the new nav gadgets, along with a list of keyboard and mouse shortcuts.

Digital Earth Blog: Google Earth vs. Virtual Earth in Denver — A quick look at how the two products match up visually.

That should give you all the information you need for Google Earth 4.3.  If you know of any unique item that I’ve missed, feel free to tell us in the comments.  Have fun!

Google Earth version 4.3 coming today

Filed under: Site News — by at 6:01 am on Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A new version of Google Earth is due out sometime later today.  It will include a revamped navigation system, new 3D building engine, a layer for StreetView and much more.  In addition, the Mac version will finally get Flash support, meaning Mac users can now play GEMMO and use GEboards.  It sounds like it will be a great release!

Full details can be found on the Digital Earth Blog.

Large Google Earth imagery update

Filed under: Site News — by at 7:07 pm on Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Google has updated Google Earth with a bunch of new imagery. According to the Google LatLong blog, it covers more than 86 countries!

Google Earth Blog reveals some of the locations as Havana, Cuba and Mount Fuji Japan, and the Digital Earth Blog is trying to work through the entire list. Go check it out for yourself, and contribute to the answers at DEB.

More cities added to GEMMO

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 7:55 pm on Thursday, March 27, 2008

GEMMO - Astana, KazakhstanWe’ve added a few more cities to GEMMO, bringing the total to 25. The total area around those cities currently have 16,216 enemies waiting to fight!

There are over 600 people playing the game. Be sure to check out the leaderboard and see how high on the list you can climb.

If you have have any questions, problems or suggestions, you can use our GEMMO forum. Have fun!

Digg it!

Google launches Sky for browsers

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 5:34 pm on Thursday, March 13, 2008

Google SkyGoogle has just launched Sky Online.  It’s just like Google Maps, but for outer space, using the same data as “Sky Mode” in Google Earth.  Very cool!

Details on the Digital Earth BlogDigg their entry!

Google Earth MMO is now open for public beta

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 2:02 pm on Sunday, March 2, 2008

GEMMO ScreenshotIt’s time for you to play! We’ve moved the game into public beta, so go download your copy of GEMMO and give it a shot.

Let us know what you think in our GEMMO forum, as the game is certainly not complete. Our first job will be to stamp out any bugs that come up, then add more enemies/cities/weapons/spells, then start working on new features. Your input is very helpful, so feel free to speak up.

Before you play, you might want to read our brief “How to Play” thread. It should give you a good idea of how to get things done in the game. Have fun!

Update: Digg It!

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