Aerials Express has made a press release announcing a new service allowing you to see more recent aerial photography for a significant portion of the populated US. The new service being introduced is called ViewGL (Beta). “ViewGL feeds Aerials Express’ premium aerial content directly into the Google Earth platform…” But, they have also released examples as Google Earth network links you can try for six areas in the US: Atlanta , Chicago , Las Vegas , Milwaukee , Northern California , and Phoenix . After you pause over the selected area for a second it will begin loading an image for that view. Zoom down close to see better detail. [NOTE: there are confirmed problems with the GE Mac Version.] If you live in one of these areas, you will probably want to go there now and check out your home area to see if there are more recent aerial photos. [NOTE: available only for about 30 days. See below.]. You can also see in GE the coverage areas of the US for photos from Aerials Express.
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“Google Earth has had a very positive impact on our business,” states Bill Landis, CEO of Aerials Express. The press release indicates that ViewGL is targeted for “giving professionals access to the latest high resolution imagery available.” I imagine people in the real estate industry, property tax verification, and other government sectors will find this immediately interesting. However, I wonder if they are missing an even bigger opportunity. Why not offer this service to consumers who are hungry for more recent photos of their houses and communities?
[Edit 12:30 22-May-06: I spoke to Bill Landis. Bill says ViewGL access will cost $495 for regional access, and $1995 for access to the entire US, for a single-user license. The licensed access will be for a limited period of time, but you can take screenshots or print from Google Earth the areas you are interested. You will need Google Earth Plus or Pro if you want to print at higher resolution. Bill also said that the free access to the six example regions will only be provided for the next 30 days. In addition, Bill says they are considering ways to provide photography to a broader audience.]