Links: Where 2.0, Map Lens, Historical Placemarks, Condé Nast

  • Where 2.0 – Early registration for Where 2.0 (in San Jose, California on May 19-21), ends tomorrow. Register now and you save $300. Not only that, but by reading Google Earth Blog you can get another 20% off the price – use this coupon code: ‘where09geb‘.

  • Map LensCaritfact specializes in map design. They have released a beta of a new map design which sports a very cool “lens” effect. The lens lets you view alternate image overlays (such as different maps, aerial imagery, etc.). It would be cool to see this done with maybe the GE plugin. You can check out their beta map (for just Los Angelos) or watch the YouTube video.

  • Historical Placemarks – Richard Treves has posted at his Google Earth Design blog about how to save a placemark to show a particular historical image. It’s simple really. Just turn on “Historical Imagery” (“clock” icon), then move the slider to show a particular photo. Create a placemark and save it. The placemark automatically captures the current time setting. The only caveat is that anyone viewing the placemark must first turn on the “clock”/historical imagery feature before using the placemark before it will show the proper time. Simply double-click the placemark to both fly to the location and time.

  • Condé Nast Traveler – has a nice article about using Google Earth for travel. It’s a long piece, but does an excellent job of capturing the thrill of using Google Earth for more than just looking at your house.

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. Today was probably update of 3D bulidings layer…

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