One of the less obvious, yet very powerful, new features in Google Earth 5 is the ability to support most HTML within placemarks. Virgil Zetterlind of EarthNC.com has posted on his Maplify blog a useful new function for Google Earth by capitalizing on the ability to add forms to a placemark. You can use Virgil’s new YouTube search tool to add a video search query to Google Earth. It will let you dynamically search for that query according to your current view. Once you enter a query, select “Get Google Earth File“. Once it loads (you must use Google Earth 5), go to a location where you want to view those videos. Each time you move to a new location it will show you new videos for that location. You can view the videos in the placemarks it presents. More importantly, you can open the “Maplify YouTube Query Control” placemark and enter a new query to immediately begin a new search within Google Earth. This is an excellent demonstration of how the new capabilities for Google Earth 5 will lead to some powerful new applications!
By the way, I’m currently in St. Augustine, Florida sailing my way back up to North Carolina. We had a great sail from Miami to here (expect GPS track and pictures in a few days). Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll be motoring up the coast the rest of the way due to winds and other weather factors.