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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

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.

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!

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!

10 Million Downloads!

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 5:03 pm on Saturday, February 16, 2008

The 10 Millionth file has been downloaded from our site! To accurately determine the winner of our contest, we noted that the download occurred at at exactly 4:41pm EST today, February 16th. Our winners:

  • 1st – tpstigers, with a guess of 4:30pm, February 17 (off by 23 hours, 49 minutes)
  • 2nd – barakuda, with a guess of 5:17pm, February 17 (off by 24 hours, 36 minutes)
  • 3rd – gekow, with a guess of 4:27pm, February 18 (off by 47 hours, 14 minutes)
  • 4th – moko, with a guess of 5:1pm, February 18 (off by 48 hours, 34 minutes)
  • 5th – egypt4, with aguess of 3:00pm, February 14 (off by 49 hours, 41 minutes)

tpstigers and barakuda will both be receiving brand new SpaceNavigators from our friends at 3DConnexion, along with some fun prizes supplied by Google. gekow, moko and egypt4 will all be receiving some of the Google goodies.

Thanks to all that entered, and thanks to all of you for your support of the site over the last 2-1/2 years!


Update: Digg it!

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