The differences between Google Earth and Google Maps

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Google Earth and Google Maps used to be very different products, but over the past few years they've become much more similar. This is largely due to the addition of new features to Google Maps, such … [Read more...]

The technology behind Google’s “Santa Tracker”

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Back in 1955, CONAD (handing it off to NORAD a few years later) began "tracking" Santa on Christmas Eve night for children to call in and get his current location. Starting in 2004, that information … [Read more...]

Tips to make Google Earth appear more realistic

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Over the years, the realism of Google Earth has improved quite a lot and there are things you can do to make it more realistic. 3D Imagery The first one is pretty easy; simply by enabling the 3D … [Read more...]

How the Google Earth cache works

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The cache system in Google Earth is something you rarely think about, but it's vitally important to how you use the product. By caching the imagery (and roads, buildings, etc), Google Earth is able … [Read more...]

How to become a Google Imagery Partner

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We get emails from time to time from users that would like to submit their own imagery to Google Earth. As Frank mentioned a few weeks ago, Google has a program called the "Imagery Partner Program" … [Read more...]

About Google Earth Imagery

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A lot of people wonder about Google Earth imagery. Why is the image of my house so old? Why can't I get a picture of my car accident from a month ago? Why doesn't Google get newer pictures? This … [Read more...]

The best of Google Earth for March, 2014

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We saw some amazing new Google Earth-related stories in March, and here are some of my favorites. We took a look at the latest release of SketchUp and the new version of the 3D Warehouse. George … [Read more...]

Using the Google Earth Overlay tool

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A few months ago we took a look at some of Eric Stitt's work on genealogy on his blog, and he continues to produce very useful tips. His latest post goes into detail about Overlays, which can be … [Read more...]

How to fix errors in Google Earth

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We continue to receive many emails each week asking how to correct map errors in Google Earth (address in the wrong location, point of interest is missing, etc), so I thought it'd be worth revisiting … [Read more...]

Take a virtual field trip with Google Earth

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While many of us explore the wonders of Google Earth every day, we don't always think of our use as "field trips" to various places. However, the idea of using Google Earth as a way to take a virtual … [Read more...]