Links: Google Chrome, Spot Image, Gulf Impact

Just some GE-related news observations in this roundup. No, Google Earth content – see the next post for some content.

  • Google Chrome – Mickey at DigitalEarthBlog discovered that the new Google Chrome browser does not support the Google Earth API plugin. But, he gets word from Google that it doesn’t support it yet, but will soon.

  • Spot ImageSpot Image, which already provides broad swaths of medium resolution satellite imagery in Google Earth for several countries, has announced in a press release that they have become a Google Earth Enterprise Partner. Apparently the plan is to allow customers to visualize their imagery datasets with Google Earth Enterprise which lets them create imagery datasets in custom Google Earth databases. Spot Image intends to market these services primarily to Government, Oil & Gas, insurance and the real estate industries.

  • Gulf Impact – A couple of years ago, Brian Timoney of the Timoney Group created a web site which illustrated the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on oil production while going through the Gulf of Mexico. The tool used GIS techniques to produce KML visualizations for Google Earth. See the GEB story here. Brian has now completely revamped the Gulf Impact site and is instead using Virtual Earth for his visualizations instead of Google Earth. I would think he would want to support KML and offer options to view the results in multiple mapping platforms (including VE, Google Maps, Earth API plugin, and Google Earth). But, maybe there are reasons why he stuck with one platform.

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. Thanks for the Gulf Impact info Frank.
    Just wanted to let you know that NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey posted our first post-Gustav images this morning at 9am. Still flying now and will post more to after the plane lands this evening.

  2. i’m willing to try it out just to see if it works more efficiently than FireFox… if it’s faster than Firefox and isn’t IE, then i’ll use it

  3. RE: Chrome / Earth plugin
    It’s rather the other way around: the Google Earth API doesn’t support Chrome – as just like Safari (also not supported), Chrome is based on WebKit.
    Hopefully Google now has an extra incentive to make the Earth plugin work on WebKit browsers!

  4. Google Chrome is very fast, but with Firefox there are a lot of extensions so… i keep my Firefox.

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