3D Cities Expanded – Google has announced they are expanding their Cities in 3D program to several European countries including the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands. The program encourages cities to provide Google with 3D data in a variety of formats, and Google will then convert the data so it can be presented in the Google Earth 3D Buildings layer.
Backpacker – BACKPACKER Magazine has released their first ever digitally generated cover photo (see press release). They went to Google and asked them to create the shot using Google Earth. They emphasized how Google’s 3D terrain and detailed imagery provdes “stellar detail” of beautiful places on our planet. BACKPACKER is in the process of promoting a new online service called iHike and apparently wanted to emphasize their new technological prowess by doing a techie cover page. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a high resolution scan of the cover.
Touring Mode – Keir Clarke illustrated the new Disney World in 3D models by using the new Google Earth plugin in a post at GoogleMapsMania. He created placemarks for popular rides and sights at Disney World , and let’s you use the plugin to quickly fly to the different locations all from the comfort of your browser.