Drawing straight lines with KML

While writing the 3D imagery post we came across this oddity: If you draw a path in Google Earth, the line segments follow geodesics, which are parts of great circles. If you draw a polygon, the sides … [Read more...]

Will Google update imagery upon request?

Google get their imagery from a wide variety of sources, and due to there being so many factors involved, it is impossible to predict when and where they will do updates. We have covered this a number … [Read more...]

Could a conman get false information into Google Maps or Google Earth?

We recently got a query by a reader asking whether or not it is possible for a conman to put a fake address into Google Earth. The short answer is yes. Google gets its information from a large number … [Read more...]

Heading back to school with Google Earth

Many people are gearing up the end of summer break and the start of school. In fact, our daughters will be heading out for their first day of school in a few hours, as will thousands of others from … [Read more...]

Using Google Earth for crime analysis

We've talked about crime on here quite a lot over the years, many of which we discussed in this post last year. Scott Dickson at Bair Analytics recently wrote a post that talks about some of the ways … [Read more...]

The differences between Google Earth and Google Maps

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”

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

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

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

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...]