Google Earth Plugin in a Blog Post

In just a few hours since the new Google Earth plug API was released, Virgil Zetterlind of EarthNC has managed to quickly modify an application he had previously developed to generate an embeddable Google Maps to one that will produce an embeddable Google Earth plug-in. Here’s the application if you want to try it. So, here’s an example (if you’re on Windows) showing the collection of dinosaurs on Earth loaded into the Google Earth plug-in:

Try exploring the collection as if you were using Google Earth. Virgil’s application lets you take either a Google My Maps map, or a KML file, and generate an embeddable view of it in the Google Earth plugin. So, you could show 3D visualizations of KML content in your blog posts for example. Hmm…. Anyway, very cool example of how the new API can be used to do powerful new things! Nice job Virgil – man you’re fast!
[UPDATE: Earlier I tried the Blue Marble add-on, but it seemed to cause some problems. So, I replaced it with the dinosaur collection.]

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. This is totally outragous!
    Another Chuck Yeager Thumbs Up for the Google Teams

  2. Virgil Zetterlind deserves Thumbs Up as well, great tool for simple minded people like myself. Looking forward to updates when animations become available with the api.

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