Links: 3D Cities Expanded, Backpacker, Touring Mode

  • 3D Cities Expanded – Google has announced they are expanding their Cities in 3D program to several European countries including the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands. The program encourages cities to provide Google with 3D data in a variety of formats, and Google will then convert the data so it can be presented in the Google Earth 3D Buildings layer.

  • Backpacker Cover Uses Google EarthBackpacker – BACKPACKER Magazine has released their first ever digitally generated cover photo (see press release). They went to Google and asked them to create the shot using Google Earth. They emphasized how Google’s 3D terrain and detailed imagery provdes “stellar detail” of beautiful places on our planet. BACKPACKER is in the process of promoting a new online service called iHike and apparently wanted to emphasize their new technological prowess by doing a techie cover page. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a high resolution scan of the cover.

  • Touring Mode – Keir Clarke illustrated the new Disney World in 3D models by using the new Google Earth plugin in a post at GoogleMapsMania. He created placemarks for popular rides and sights at Disney World , and let’s you use the plugin to quickly fly to the different locations all from the comfort of your browser.

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. GE may not have much success with 3D cities in the UK. On 8 August 2007 GE blog reported* that a major project by CASA of University College London to publish a 3D model of London was “dead in the water” because the UK government mapping agency, Ordnance Survey (OS), refused to licence Google to use the OS data on which the model was based.
    May be things will be different with this new initiative, but OS is as obdurate as ever despite mounting criticism from members of the UK Parliament among many others in the GI community.

  2. jonathan says:

    new city in google map:)

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