SpaceNavigator Contest – Mickey at Google Earth Hacks has announced a contest in anticipation of the 10 millionth download of GE content from the site. The contest is to guess the date/time when the 10 millionth download will occur. The two closest guessers will when a SpaceNavigator! Check out the announcement for details.
Excel to KML – Bill Clark, who nearly two years ago developed some great real estate tools with Google Earth for Earthpoint, has recently released a handy web utility for uploading simple spreadsheets to have them converted into KML files. Try out the Excel to KML utility here. The web page contains all the instructions you need to get it going.
Google Geo Talk – Google has announced a couple of interesting upcoming geo-related functions. 1) they will be hosting the “WhereCamp” on May 17th, 18th in conjunction with Where 2.0 2008. 2) They are starting a Google Geo Developer Series of lectures with the first being on Feb. 20th in Mountain View with a lecture on creating KML. See details on the series at this web page. The message hints that there will be other lectures in the coming months in different Google locations so we won’t all have to travel to California to see everything. Last year there was a big Google Developer Day held simultaneously in many Google offices around the world (and with live web casts and post-lecture videos). In 2006, there was the first Google Geo Developer Day which was a big success.
Street View Update – In my post yesterday about different ways we could view Street View in Google Earth, someone pointed out I forgot to mention PhotoOverlay as probably the best method for viewing Street View in Google Earth (if it were available). Barry Hunter came up with an example KML showing the same dinosaur case I used. I updated the post yesterday about this as well.
Links: SpaceNavigator Contest, Excel to KML, Google Geo Talk, Crysis
February 5, 2008