Tour maker with the Google Earth API

With the end of life of the Google Earth API approaching, Paul van Dinther of has decided to release a tool he created for his own use that uses the Google Earth plugin for making … [Read more...]

Google Earth API – one more month to live

In December last year Google announced the deprecation of the Google Earth API (also known as the Google Earth Plug-in). It is set to stop working one month from now on December 12th, 2015. The … [Read more...]

Maintaining our map of 3D areas

Yesterday we had a look at the progress made by Google in releasing 3D imagery for Google Earth. For this we used this KML map that we maintain that shows the areas covered by 3D imagery. This has … [Read more...]

Google Earth 3D Imagery progress report

[Update: It turns out the September figures are wrong (thank you Frank) due to errors in the KML not being handled well by the Area calculator we used. Here is the updated chart. ] It has been a … [Read more...]

Google floods southern California

In July we noticed that Google had got the altitude wrong for the 3D imagery of the city of Crotone, Italy and it looked like it was under water. They have since fixed it. However, we have just … [Read more...]

Moldova Landsat imagery restored

In September we noted that Moldova had some unusual imagery provided by Cnes/SPOT Image when viewed from high altitudes. GEB reader S.H. let us know in the comments that the imagery was introduced on … [Read more...]

Some sights we missed

On Monday we had a look at recent imagery in Google Earth. We used the Google Earth plugin to find new imagery. However, either our algorithm is not perfect, or Google has added some more imagery … [Read more...]

Different coordinate systems in Google Earth

A GEB reader recently asked us how to use UTM coordinates in Google Earth and we thought it might be a good idea to explore it a bit. If you go to Tools->Options->3D View and look in the 'Show … [Read more...]

The ‘Clouds’ layer in Google Earth

A GEB reader recently remarked that the Google Earth Clouds layer (a sub layer of the Weather layer) appears to have fewer clouds than it should when compared to the 'Radar' layer that often shows … [Read more...]

Recent imagery updates review

Google has added quite a lot of imagery to Google Earth recently, especially in Australia and East Asia. We have been using the Google Earth plugin to find new imagery. However, we have been having … [Read more...]