Miami Post – Links: Mapper Tool, GE Game, KML Wishlist

I’m in Miami for a couple of nice days of warm weather – and to attend the Miami Boat Show. On a Google Earth note, I met up yesterday with Virgil of at his booth where he is selling his really nice vector and raster nautical charts data for use with Google Earth. He even has a package with a GPS for real time chart plotting, and some tools for showing weather data with GE as well. So, if you’re a boater you should check it out.
Here’s a few Google Earth links of interest:

  • Mapper Tool – The Spreadsheet Mapper 2.0 is a tool Google developed to help people develop KML in a easier fashion. This tool is available as part of the handy tutorials on creating Google Earth content from Google Earth Outreach.

  • GE Game – A new war game is available which uses Google Earth. You practice doing bombing runs where the view of Google Earth’s satellite and aerial photos serves as the “intel” of supposedly real-time information. The game is called Covert Warfare, and is by a Spanish outfit called Clandestine Works. Definitely worth a look. via OgleEarth. Here’s a video showing how it looks:

  • KML Wishlist – The KML user forums supported by Google include a forum post which contains a wishlist of new features for KML. Any member of the forum can edit the list and add their support for current wishes, and/or add new items.

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. Please note that your map on Pulau Busing, Singapore is out-dated. There are additions of jetties and tanks in 2007 not included in current map.
    Please update…

  2. Excuse me can someone make a controllable ship on GE just like the flight simulator but not on air instead at sea

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