Links: Viewfinder, KML in the North, GE Pro Address Trick, Boy Finds Home

  • ViewFinder – A project at the University of Southern California (USC) has been published which describes research into ways to improve the way photos can be placed in Google Earth. Last August Google added a new photo capability that lets you place photos as they are taken (completely in 3D including zoom, height, angle, etc.). Once a photo is aligned, you can compare it to the 3D data in Google Earth. They put together a great video showing what this looks like in Google Earth You can read the results of their project at the site. Lucky for them, the New York Times wrote about it, and yesterday Boing Boing as well. Here’s the video:

  • KML in the North – John Bailey wrote me to say they are having a Google Earth presentation in Fairbanks on April 23rd. They even have one of the GE team members up to give a talk.

  • GE Pro Address Trick – I didn’t know it could do that!

  • Boy Finds Home – The Times of India writes about a young man who was displaced from his home as a young boy, but searches Google Earth to rediscover where he lived.

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. Reverse geocoding has been an important Google Earth Pro feature since day one. It was also an important Keyhole feature pre-Google. Perhaps the one downside to an easy-to-use UI is that people don’t read the documentation. 😉

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