Bjorn Sandvik has produced another Google Earth application as a by-product of his Thematic Mapping Engine plugin written about last June. He calls the new plugin application Earth Atlas which is described in his post here. What I like about this interface is that he has combined a friendly “layers” interface on the left which lets you turn on and off a bunch of different layers in the Earth plugin. He even provides a way for you to add your own selection of KML files to the scene (see “Your KML files” and add a URL to a KML file). The Earth Atlas of course shows several of the statistical KML maps Bjorn had previously created. This is definitely one of the better Google Earth plugin applications I’ve seen and shows the potential of alternative interfaces for Google Earth data.
Other plugin applications written about at GEB:
- Monster Milktruck game
- EarthSwoop – Earth Plugin Touring Site
- Embedding options for Earth plugins
- Bouncing Earth Animation
- Google Earth API Demo Gallery
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.