Google Earth Plugin Roundup

Now that the Google Earth plugin is available for the Mac as well as Windows I thought it would be time to make it easier to find plugin related stories at GEB. So, there is now a GE Plugin category for posts on that topic. To help highlight some of the best GE Plugin stories, here is a short roundup of some of the best (in chronological order):

  • Announcement of Google Earth Plugin – I attended the Google I/O conference last May and was there when Michael Jones announced the new plugin.

  • Monster Milk Truck – The first game made for Google Earth Plugin with a 3D truck you can drive around.

  • First wave of plugins – Here are some of the first plugins done by non-Google developers.

  • Bouncing Earth – James Stafford makes a controllable animation with the plugin.

  • Embedding GE Plugin – Several tools to allow you to embed the GE plugin in a web page without programming.

  • 3D Driving Directions – A cool way to show driving directions by driving there with the plugin.

  • Real-Time Satellites – See 13,000 satellites around the Earth tracked in real-time. Includes a link to a plugin version available here at GEB.

  • EarthAtlas – An application which provides access to a broad range of the features of the plugin – making it closer to the real GE application.

  • 3D Building Tour – A cool way of doing architecture walkthrough using the plugin.

  • Paragliding simulator – Just like you would expect. Someone created a simulator which uses the plugin to let you fly like you were in a paraglider.

  • Frank Gehry Tour – A cool 3D tour of 3D buildings by a famous architect at EarthSwoop which is a plugin-based site which lets you create and view tours for Google Earth viewing.

  • Famous Tourist Sites – Another cool tour available at EarthSwoop.

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. I am sure it is available somewhere but I am looking for a date the image I am looking at was photographed. Several times I have identified possible business locations, only to arrive to find a mall was built on site five years ago, or there is now a water retension pond on the site.

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