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SketchUp 3D Warehouse URL issues

Back in 2012 Google sold SketchUp, the excellent 3D modeling tool that was used to make most of the older 3D models found in Google Earth. In October 2013, Google stopped importing models from the SketchUp 3D Warehouse, and now solely rely on automatic generation methods for 3D imagery. Earlier this year the 3D Warehouse […]

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Aerial imagery from drones

Back in 2007 we took a look at the concept of capturing aerial imagery from drones. Since then a lot of progress has been made in drone and camera technology. Now it is no longer the technology that is an issue, but rather regulations surrounding the flying of drones. For example, we told you last […]

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The Ground Truth project

We told you earlier in the week how the Google Maps data is not always 100% accurate. Google does, however, put in an extraordinary amount effort into making it the best it can be. Google originally depended largely on external data providers for its maps information. But that changed in 2008 when project Ground Truth […]

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Remembering 9/11 with Google Earth

We have talked about the anniversary of 9/11 a number of times in the past, including 2006, 2010, 2011 (a three part series 1 2 3), 2012 and 2013. We also followed the progress of the new World Trade Center buildings in May 2010 and May 2012. The 3D imagery in New York is still […]

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Google Earth in Google Earth

We have in the past looked at artwork in Google Earth, such as the worlds largest finger print and face art or sculptures in the Sahara by D.A.ST. Arteam. Some artists have even created roof top murals with the specific intention of having them viewed in Google Earth. We recently came across this article which […]

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Fun with KML areas

Last week we released a KML showing the cities covered by the new type of 3D that Google has been producing. We thought it would be interesting to see how much area has been covered. Tokyo, Japan, has the largest single area of 3D in Google Earth Google Earth, does not have any built in […]

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Could a conman get false information into Google Maps or Google Earth?

We recently got a query by a reader asking whether or not it is possible for a conman to put a fake address into Google Earth. The short answer is yes. Google gets its information from a large number of sources. The Earth is a very big place, so the amount of data involved is […]

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Destiny ? Google Street View in a game world

With our recent story on the possible demise of the Google Earth plugin – at least in the Chrome browser – it begs the question, what is currently possible with the Google Maps API? Paul van Dinther of PlanetInAction.com, whose many great Google Earth Plugin creations we have featured over the years, is developing a […]

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Google Earth automatically generated 3D areas

Thanks to GEB reader ‘ehog’ for letting us know that Gy?r, Hungary got the new 3D mesh recently. Google first announced their method of generating 3D via stereophotogrammetry from aerial imagery in June 2012. As part of the announcement Google said that they expected this new technology to cover ?communities of over 300 million people? […]

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64-bit Chrome drops support for Google Earth Plugin

We told you in July about the Chrome team’s announcement last year that they planned to remove NPAPI support from Chrome by the end of 2014. This includes the Google Earth plugin that uses NPAPI. Last week, on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, Google released a 64-bit version of Chrome which does not support 32-bit NPAPI […]

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