Links: Waldo, Mouse Tricks, Route Builder, touchEarth, Uganda Googles

  • Waldo – Josh Wilson, a GEB reader, creates a 3DWarehouse model of a building in Germany and decides to add a little “Where’s Waldo?” easter egg. You’ll probably wish you had a SpaceNavigator before you find it. I’ll post a screenshot later after I give you a chance to look. Download his building here , or view it in the 3DWarehouse here. Here’s a screenshot of Waldo in the model:

  • Mouse Tricks – James Stafford has developed yet another cool KML at his Barnabu blog. This time he creates UK and Ireland Flight Maps, which uses a cool technique when your mouse floats over a selected city the paths show up to other destination cities. This uses a special tag in KML called the <StyleMap>. He points to a write-up by Jason Birch for more info.

  • Route Builder3D Route Builder for Windows Version 1.0 has been released by Nick Kopp. This application lets you perform fine control with routes and paths (from GPSes) inside Google Earth. You can adjust altitudes and route points and much more. OgleEarth has an initial review, and I plan to give it a whirl soon. Here’s a brief video showing some of its features.

  • touchEarth – Google Summer of Code Blog posts about the efforts of Pawel Solyga to create an open source multi-touch API for touch screens. To highlight his efforts he of course creates a little app called touchEarth to test it with Google Earth (see video). He uses the Google Earth COM API to interface. I’m a little disappointed because in the video he only shows basic zoom and pan. No interfacing with the layers or placemarks which are the next logical interface. But, if its open source, I’m sure it won’t take long for someone to implement an entire interface like what Jeff Han has done for Perceptive Pixel.

  • Uganda Googles – Stefan Geens writes the story about how politicians in Uganda are looking to Google to help solve their problems with regards to geo-political boundary issues. Stefan has some pretty amusing observations about the whole situation. Somehow I don’t think Google will actually help them the way they are expecting.

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. some cool little things there. not getting into looking for wally in the whole world though, could get addictive. thanks

  2. Wheres waly on google earth would be good to play on a long flight though lol

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