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Upgraded forums and “Top Submitters” in StreetView

Filed under: Site News — by at 11:00 am on Sunday, January 24, 2010

A couple of nice updates to the site:

vBulletin 4.0 — We’ve upgraded our forums to vBulletin 4.0, giving you more features and better security.

Top StreetView Submitters — We’ve had a “top submitters” list on our main site for a while, but some of you had asked for a similar list in our StreetView section.  Here you go!

If you ever have a problem with the site, or an idea for a new feature, please let us know in our “Site Issues and Questions” forum.  Thanks!

New 3D cities: some new, some ancient

Filed under: Site News — by at 5:27 pm on Friday, November 14, 2008

Google has brought out a handful of new 3D cities in the past few days.  Today saw the release of Seattle and Pittsburgh, both of which now have hundreds of full-color buildings and look excellent.  Here is a shot from Pittsburgh.


A few days ago, Google unveiled a new layer for Google Earth that has over 5700 hundred buildings from ancient Rome rebuilt in 3D.  It’s a slow-loading collection, but it is amazing.  Here is a short video introducing the new layer:

Google Earth comes to the iPhone and StreetView goes to Spain

Filed under: Site News — by at 6:00 pm on Monday, October 27, 2008

A couple of cool new things today:

Google Earth is now available as a free app for the iPhone.  Not only is it free, but it’s good!  It looks very similar to the normal Google Earth program, includes 3D terrain, Wikipedia/Panoramio icons and a few other goodies.  No 3D buildings, but that’s not a problem for now.  The interface is phenomenal, with superb gesture controls and even a bit of accelerometer support.  My wish for version 2 is that they offer some kind of KML support so we can push our own files out to it.

Google Maps StreetView is now in Spain.  They’ve added StreetView to four Spanish cities — Madrid, SevillaValencia and Barcelona. As you find cool sights in those areas, be sure to post them to our StreetView section, which now has nearly 2500 locations in it!

Version 2.2 of the iPhone firmware should be out in a few weeks and promises to have StreetView support, so that will be kind of a mesh of these two items.  Hopefully the interface on that is as good as it is in the new Google Earth application.

France gets a lot more StreetView imagery

Filed under: Site News — by at 6:23 pm on Tuesday, October 14, 2008

As reported by Google Maps Mania and the Digital Earth Blog, Google Maps StreetView has just gotten a lot more imagery in France.  In particular, they now have:

  • Lille
  • Lyon
  • Marseille
  • Nice
  • Paris
  • Toulouse

If you find any cool stuff out there, be sure to submit it to our StreetView database.

Some big updates to Google Earth

Filed under: Site News — by at 6:29 pm on Friday, September 5, 2008

It appears there are some major imagery updates that have just been released for Google Earth.  Google Earth Blog has a growing list, which includes locations from all over the world (US, Switzerland, Turkey, Italy, etc).

It seems to be quite a huge update!  Keep your eyes on Google Earth Blog or Digital Earth Blog as more locations are found.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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