Links: New GE Help Forums, DC-3 Weather Vane, NYC GE Visitor Center, Virtual Alabama Video, 360Cities Embed

  • New GE Help Forums – Google has announced new support forum groups for Google Earth which use updated groups systems they have been developing. This is the place to go if you have support questions for Google Earth.

  • DC-3 Weather Vane – GoogleSightseeing has an interesting writeup on the world’s largest weather vanes. Apparently some folks in Canada mounted a full DC-3 airplane as a wind vane . And, you can see it in Google Earth. Amazing!

  • NYC GE Visitor Center – Google yesterday had the Mayor of New York City announce a new visitor center available both online and a physical location at 810 Seventh Avenue. The online visitor center uses Google Maps to help people find what they need when visiting NYC including reservations to broadway, hotels, etc. The physical visitor center has big screen monitors letting you peruse the city with Google Earth, Street View, and more. If you’re a GEB reader and happen to visit the place, please send me photos/video. In the meantime, you can watch this Google video of the announcement which includes some video of the new center:

  • Virtual Alabama Video – Directions Magazine points out that Google now has a video about Virtual Alabama showing interviews of its proud owners. Virtual Alabama is a huge successful statewide application of the Google Earth Enterprise version which lets much of the government share GIS information internally with the convenience of Google Earth. It was initially developed for emergency response, but is finding many other applications as well. I’ve previously written about Virtual Alabama and the case study, and also the award they recently got for it. Here’s the video:

  • 360Cities Panoramic Embed – The very useful site, which allows folks to upload geo-reference 360 degree panoramic photos, has released an excellent new embeddable playback tool. Unique features include the ability to see “hotspots” showing the direction and distance of other viewable panoramas, ability to go full screen, and you can easily embed them on your web page. Not only that, but I discovered you can even embed a 360Cities panorama inside a placemark window in a GE KML file. This means you can not only view 360Cities panoramas with the PhotoViewer in their new layer, but you could also view them in the placemark descriptions if they set it up that way. See also the review by Stefan Geens at OgleEarth.

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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