Globe Glider – Integrated Maps within Google Earth

[UPDATE May 2007: Read about the new version of Globe Glider and see a video of it in action.]

Globe Glider Google Maps in Google EarthEvery once in a while, someone does something truly groundbreaking with Google Earth. Globe Glider is an awesome new application which integrates web mapping within Google Earth. The application is used within Google Earth as a network link. When you install the application, you must have IE 6 installed (sorry Mac users), and you must enable scripting for it to work. You also need the most recent version of GE. This is all explained in the simple three-step installation instructions at globeglider.net.

Globe Glider allows you to:

  • See an interactive Google Maps within GE, the map can be zoomed using the scroll-wheel on your mouse just like GE
  • Search for locations, click on links to nearby cities, or click on the map or GE for a new location
  • When you move to a new location, the map and GE re-align themselves
  • Globe Glider lets you get more information on a new location from several sources: Answers.com, GeoURL, a custom Guide, or Hotels
  • You can save Favorite locations
  • You can also create overlay maps for the current view using either Topo maps, or Google Maps

The author…


The author, called ‘BernhardMuc’, posted an announcement at the Google Earth Community, but I first heard about this at OgleEarth. This is the type of integration with Google Maps I expect we will be seeing in the future from Google themselves. In the meantime, make Globe Glider a part of My Places in your Google Earth.
[This story picked up and mentioned at GoogleMapsMania.]

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



Comments

  1. this sucks it is way to hard to use

  2. Can you be more specific? What problem are you having? Did you turn on the preference to use the internal browser? It seems very easy to me and others…

  3. you guys are flippen awesme keep up the good work !!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Actually, I just integrated GE with Google Maps directly inside a web page. *GE* directly inside a web page.
    It’s a website for a circumnavigation and leaves markers in the map (w/rezoom and pan) from everyplace the embedded GE ActiveX control (requires seperate install and wraps the GE COM object) stops on the journey and draws polylines between them. They’re also draggable.
    http://www.svtahlequah.com/TahlequahRoutes.html#TopView
    Just press the [Start Demo] button.
    :-)

  5. Actually, I just integrated GE with Google Maps directly inside a web page. *GE* directly inside a web page.
    It’s a website for a circumnavigation and leaves markers in the map (w/rezoom and pan) from everyplace the embedded GE ActiveX control (requires seperate install and wraps the GE COM object) stops on the journey and draws polylines between them. They’re also draggable.
    http://www.svtahlequah.com/TahlequahRoutes.html#TopView
    Just press the [Start Demo] button.
    :-)

  6. you need to actually have the maps of the earth inlees theres no point in calling it that

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