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New tool for you to use: Easy LatLon

This is a pretty simple one.  I often find myself quickly needing to get the latitude/longitude for a particular point, and there’s not a simple way to get it.  There’s some easy ways, but none that are just simple and quick.  That’s what this fills.

Fire up Easy LatLon and browse around using the Google Earth Plug-in.  You can use the search box to find a location at the top by name or by address.  Every time the camera stops moving, the lat/lon on the left side of the page are updated.

Suppose you wanted to know the location of Yankee Stadium.  Go to Easy LatLon, type in “Yankee Stadium” at the top, and the results are there on the side.  Copy/paste them to whatever you need.

Like I said, it’s very simple.  I hope it’s helpful for you from time to time.

https://www.gearthhacks.com/easylatlon/

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

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!