Just some GE-related news observations in this roundup. No, Google Earth content – see the next post for some content.
Google Chrome – Mickey at DigitalEarthBlog discovered that the new Google Chrome browser does not support the Google Earth API plugin. But, he gets word from Google that it doesn’t support it yet, but will soon.
Spot Image – Spot Image, which already provides broad swaths of medium resolution satellite imagery in Google Earth for several countries, has announced in a press release that they have become a Google Earth Enterprise Partner. Apparently the plan is to allow customers to visualize their imagery datasets with Google Earth Enterprise which lets them create imagery datasets in custom Google Earth databases. Spot Image intends to market these services primarily to Government, Oil & Gas, insurance and the real estate industries.
Gulf Impact – A couple of years ago, Brian Timoney of the Timoney Group created a web site which illustrated the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on oil production while going through the Gulf of Mexico. The tool used GIS techniques to produce KML visualizations for Google Earth. See the GEB story here. Brian has now completely revamped the Gulf Impact site and is instead using Virtual Earth for his visualizations instead of Google Earth. I would think he would want to support KML and offer options to view the results in multiple mapping platforms (including VE, Google Maps, Earth API plugin, and Google Earth). But, maybe there are reasons why he stuck with one platform.