Google 3D Warehouse Adds Google Earth Plugin

Google Boulder Office in 3D in Google EarthGoogler Mark Limber announces on the SketchUp blog that the Google 3D Warehouse now offers a way to view Google Earth-placed 3D models right in your browser. The Google Earth plugin is a mostly functional subset of the real Google Earth application that runs in a browser. When viewing a model in the 3D Warehouse (which has been placed for viewing in Google Earth), you get a tab above the model snapshot that says “Map”. This shows the location of the model on Google Maps. Look for the “Earth” tab (if you have the plugin capability) and it will load the 3D model into the GE plugin. Google Earth is a pretty nice 3D model viewing tool, especially if you’re handy with the navigation interface.
The example model given in Mark’s post is of the Google Boulder office. This is a new building I haven’t seen before. There is an interesting “easter egg” on the back side of the building – there’s a “3D” photo of a bunch of Googler’s on the roof of the 3D model! See here:

Boulder Easter Egg

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. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend.

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