Tips for Developers with Google Earth 5.0

Here are some useful places to go for tips with the new Google Earth 5. Google Earth 5 has some powerful new capabilities. Some of the most powerful features will only be initially accessible to developers. Here are a list of places to look for help (so far):

And, of course, keep an eye out here at GEB for occasional round-ups of new content created by developers for GE.
By the way, check out Virgil’s example of putting nautical charts onto the ocean floor in GE 5.

Nautical Chart under sea in Google Earth 5

And, there’s also some cool new KML for GE 5 from Brian Flood in his post showing underwater bathymetry and oil/gas pipelines under the sea.
Valery Hronusov has posted some cool new GE 5 KML that shows terrain features on Mars and vector terrain features under the sea (Russian site, but the KML/KMZ’s work fine).

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. Next big update I’m really looking forward to is to see more elevated ground to get a more realistic experience out of using GE. All the imagery is very nice but it is all just too flat. The areas with elevated grounds look very realistic and nice to the eye, compared to other areas with no elevation at all. That’s my wish for next GE update.

  2. I’m wondering about backward compatibility. I just downloaded the new version, and now many of the tours on the Google site aren’t working, error message says something like, “this was done in a previous version of Google earth”. I’d like to be able to use tours on heavily visited sites, but want to make sure they don’t stop working when the app is updated.

  3. The latest version of Google Earth is creating a border around GroundOverlay image files by stretching out the outer most pixels. This creates a bad blurred area around images and messes up overlays that tile together multiple GroundOverlay images to create one master image. How does one stop this behavior?

  4. Great KML roundup… and timely with the release of Google Earth 5; exactly what I was looking for. The underwater chart example was something I hadn’t seen before also.

  5. Thanks for the tips provided and going to try with this new version.

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