Links: GE Plugin Update, KML Contest Update, Panoramio Contest, Teaching with GE, Santa Video

  • GE Plugin Update – As mentioned Tuesday night, the Google Earth plugin became available for Mac OS X. Google announced the update also included an update to the Windows version as well. The update includes startup time improvements on Windows, KML parsing and renderings speed improvements, and some bug fixes (see release notes). Not only that, but Google released a new game to be played inside the plugin called Puzzler. Check out the GE Plugin catagory here at GEB for lots of plugin examples.

  • KML Contest Update – The deadline for the KML in Research contest has been extended to February 1st. Scientists, researchers, and students can submit their research oriented KML and win a Garmin GPS, and Apple iPod Touch.

  • Panoramio Contest Winners – Winners of the October Panoramio monthly photo contest have been announced. Winners of the monthly contest get handy photo accessories from the sponsor ATP.

  • Teaching with Google Earth – This looks like an excellent resource for GeoScience teachers on using Google Earth to teach. This was forwarded to me by GEB reader Glenn Richard of Stony Brook University. It also has some excellent overviews and guides for teaching with Google Earth which might be useful for any teacher. Definitely worth checking out.

  • Santa video – On Sunday, GEB mentioned about how Google is working again with Norad to track Santa with Google Earth on Christmas Eve. And, Norad also has a countdown to Christmas with different games and stuff each day in December. As part of Google’s announcement of this year’s event, they showed a cool video of Santa’s journey last year flying around the world (using Google Earth as a backdrop). This video was created by Transvideo Studios for Google:

  • Weather Tools For GE – Got an e-mail a while back from Bryan Guarente who has been working on compiling useful weather KML content into a massive KML network link bundle of weather data. Here is a list of what is in the bundle. Bryan is an instructional designer with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and so has some experience on where to find some good weather resources.

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.

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