Links: Google Maps Zoom, GE Pro Classes, 10 Features of GE, Arc2Earth V2, Spot Image Layer

  • Google Maps Zoom – Google has increased the levels of zoom in Google Maps so you can zoom in further on high resolutions areas. You can still go further with Google Earth, but the level of zoom in Maps is now about as far as you can go before things get blurry. See LatLong.

  • GE Pro Classes – Google has announced the availability of a training class for learning how to get more out of Google Earth Pro. Read more from the SketchUp blog. While your attending a GE Pro class, you can also consider one for SketchUp. I also recommend these SketchUp tutorials on DVD.

  • 10 Features of GE – Mickey takes a stab at describing the 10 best new features of Google Earth since it was released. I find myself mostly agreeing, but I have a harder time choosing the best 10.

  • Arc2Earth V2 Released – Brian Flood has announced on his blog the release of Version 2 of Arc2Earth. Brian has been developing and selling Arc2Earth as a suite of tools for converting and publishing GIS information for Google Earth. His latest version adds an impressive list of new importing and exporting capabilities.

  • Spot Image Layer – Last week when the new YouTube layer was added, Google also added a new layer at the bottom called “Spot Image“. This layer shows the locations where the French company Spot Image has taken satellite imagery during the last year. The layer only shows the location, not the imagery, but provides a link where you can go buy the imagery. Spot Image imagery is available between 2.5 and 20 meters resolution. Not the high resolution most people come to expect, but still very useful for business, science and agriculture. I’m just wondering why it is a default layer in Google Earth since it doesn’t really provide much to GE users – this content would have been better served as a file you could download off the“>Spot Image web site. via OgleEarth.

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.

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