Google Updates Layers – New Featured Content for Google Earth – August 28th

New Layers in Google EarthLast night Google published and announced an update to the Google Earth Community (GEC) layers. These layers show blue “i” icons in Google Earth which show placemarks posted in the forums when turned on in the Layers pane on the lower left of GE. For those of you who posted in appropriate forums (some of the forums are not included in the layer) before August 18th, your placemarks should appear now. You may have to zoom down lower heights to see more of the placemarks. Since it’s been a few months since the last update to this layer there are probably tens of thousands of new placemarks now available. Fortunately, the layer has sub-layers broken down by category (based somewhat on the forums at the GEC). This can help you eliminate unwanted placemarks.
In addition, Google has added a new layer called the “Featured Content” layer. Right now this includes the following: Turn Here, Jane Goodall’s Gombe Chimpanzee Blog, and Discovery Channel’s National Parks Tour (links point to earlier stories about these collections at GEB). My guess is that Google will rotate featured content from the GE Showcase web page through this new layer.
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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. I don’t have a “Featured Content” option in my Layers list. I’m using version v4.0.2722, do I have to update GE in order for featured content to appear or am I not doing something I need to do to update the layers that are available to me?
    thanks.

  2. I, too, don’t have a “featured content” layer. v 4.2.something

  3. Also missing featured content.
    Using: 4.2.0205.5730

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