News Roundup: Google Maps Image Overlays, San Jose GIS, Where 2.0 CFP

  • Google Maps Supports More KML – Google announced yesterday at the Google Maps API that they are now supporting more KML features in Google Maps. In particular, they now support image overlays. This means you can show things like the famous Maxim cover of Eva Longoria in Google Maps as well as in Google Earth. Not only that, but Google now has a “View in Google Maps” option when you are looking at posts at the Google Earth Community! Check out this post I did last year for a high resolution photo of Hurricane Wilma. It works in Google Maps (make sure you zoom way out) or in GE. A couple of features I’d like to see added: Ability to turn off a placemark/overlay, and ability to change transparency. But, you can always go to Google Earth and do that.
  • San Jose’s GIS organization has put together a city plan presentation using Google Earth. They even have modeled many of their buildings in 3D. Right now, they are only releasing a video (not the GE files). Here’s a link to the high resolution video (56 Mbyte WMV file). Thanks to Greg from SJ GIS.
  • Next year’s Where 2.0 has released its Call For Papers. Proposals are due by January 5th. The conference will be held May 29-30, 2007 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA (same place as last year).

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. At last!! I’ve been planning to write a Firefox extension to do just that – convert links to KML files from GEB to prefix them with “”.
    Now that you’ve done it I’ll have to find another excuse to learn FF extensions…

  2. Arthur Davidson Ficke says:

    Google Maps doesn’t seem to recognize the “rotation” element of the “LatLongBox”. Rotated images always appear in Google Maps as if the “rotation” were set to “0”. Is this a known limitation or is it a bug?

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