News Roundup – RoboGeo, PhotoModeler, Trippermap, EditGrid

I’ve been busy with holidays and back-to-school activities. So, I haven’t been keeping up with lots of more narrow-focused news items. Here’s a roundup:

  • RoboGEO, an excellent tool for geotagging photos automatically from GPS tracks, is now up to Version 4.4. This latest version supports the new Flickr API which lets applications directly export to the Flickr geotagging databse. RoboGEO is a $35 software tool and has some of the most innovative features out there. I especially like RoboGEO’s Google Earth support.
  • Photomodeler 6 now supports Google Earth 4 – this software specializes in creating 3D models from photographs. It’s only natural they would now support GE 4 which allows models to have phototextures. Here’s a simple example of a retail store .
  • FlickrMap is now called Trippermap – Mark Zemen is the author of Trippermap and this is still one of the better sets of tools for photo geotagging and mapping (see GEB review). His premium service ($9.75/year) lets you easily publish geotagged photos in a map on your web site, and also has his own geotagging tool which uses Google Earth. Trippermap now also supports the FlickAPI so you can also publish your photos in Flickr with your geotags.
  • EditGrid is a web-based spreadsheet tool which allows multiple people to edit the same spreadsheet. It has received a lot of attention recently for its innovative features. In particular, a number of Google Earth applications developers have been playing with it. EditGrid now has direct support to Google Earth files. This means you can create spreadsheets that generate placemarks, and now even can generate paths as well. Valery Hrusunov, one of the most active supporters of GE applications, has posted some good documentation on the new path feature of EditGrid at the Google Earth Community.
  • Alan Glennon, who writes Geography 2.0 – a blog about virtual globes technology, wrote recently about a little project he has been working on to allow someone to send an E-mail with a placemark which can be picked up automatically in a network link. He sees this as a way to rapidly disseminate geotagged information about disasters as one example.
  • Magic Instinct Software continues to update its GE-related collection of ocean/marine related data. Make sure you scroll to the bottom for all kinds of useful links.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. PhotoModeler looks great, shame they didn’t make a slightly more complex example model than a plain rectangular box 🙁

  2. Hi, I am Cliff from EditGrid. Just come to let you know that our charting function have already launched!

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