Google Earth 5 – More News Roundup

Naturally, the biggest week in Google Earth news history, and I’m on a big trip with limited Internet access! It looks like I won’t have time today to do in-depth analysis, but here’s a round-up of some of the best new news and observations from other Google Earth experts:

  • New GPS Support – Google eliminated the Google Earth Plus product in December. The GPS support in Plus is now available in the free version of Google Earth. FreeGeographyTools was probably first in commenting on this, and here’s Google’s post about it.

  • More on Mars – This is Google’s post on the new Mars mode in Google Earth 5. The post acknowledges that this project was part of the agreement NASA and Google made a couple of years ago.

  • More on Tour Features – The Record Tour is a major new feature in GE 5. Here’s Google’s post about the Touring. This post is by Googler Dan Barcay who was a prime player in the tour feature development. Lots of interesting tips, links to references, and examples. Here are some observations from design expert Richard Treves, including his review after experimenting with the features.

  • UK Snow Animation – James Stafford produces some slick KML using Google Earth 5’s new time animation slider. He’s taken data during the snowstorm in the UK this week from Twitter to produce an animation showing the number of tweets over time about the snowfall. His post includes a video or the KML which you can load in GE 5.

  • World Clock with GE 5 – Barnabu also has developed a cool app taking advantage of GE 5’s ability to support Javascript. You can see timezones as an overlay over the Earth, click on a specific time zone and see a running clock for that location. Very slick!

Hopefully I’ll be able to find some time to do some more in-depth story on these and other interesting new GE 5 content/news.

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. Has Google removed the traffic layer from version 5? Since the update downloaded I dont appear to have it.

  2. Eric Lund says:

    I haven’t heard anyone mention much better performance on the Mac version of GE5. Previously, GE was very stop/start, herky-jerky as I navigated the globe. Not problems with data access, just the general interface.
    Since updating to GE5, I immediately noticed that it zips around, zooms in out, the everything without the annoying pauses that I was experiencing before. Much smoother experience!

  3. Hi Frank !!!, we are followers of your blog and your interesting tips for all addicts GE. We have a bad situation here. Why I can not post my points or marks on Google Earth from my computer to bbs.keyhole community if I did it before?. I using a Google Crhome browser. This happens now in the Google Earth version 5.0. I have an account created in
    User: ignacio62
    Greetings from a Googleearthaddict
    Regards !!!

  4. Hi,
    You probably noticed that moving layers in the My Places section is not working as it did with version 4.3. I am now unable to drag the fold to the place I want them to go. For example, if I try to move a layer/folder/document between two folders, it will inevitably place itself inside of one of the folders.
    Makes it hard to organize the layers!

  5. Gene Morris says:

    why can’t I get google earth anymore?

  6. smokeonit says:

    Ignacio: No one can! you have to save your kmz/kml and then add it to your post on the GE/keyhole bbs!

  7. smokeonit says:

    Richard: No, the traffic layer is still there…

  8. anton rudolfsson says:

    why is it bad photos of sweden?

  9. GE 5 ON MAC – takes longer to start up on my iMac with OS X 10.4 – 40 secs with no other apps running, longer if they are. Presumably GE 5 has more to load, but Google never explain these things.
    Performance seems to depend on bandwidth where I am in the UK on the end of an old copper wire. Not good if everyone in the vicinity is using the limited capacity to watch streamed content on BBC iPlayer, but fine when other use drops. Roll on optical cables.

  10. I can’t find the GPS support in the Linux version of GE5.

  11. Finally, a version that doesn’t freeze my x64 system.

  12. Can we get google earth again?

  13. BUG: when you enter the flight simulator you dont crash in to the water you can actually fly in it

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