Stereo 3D Views for Google Earth

This is something I’ve been hoping to see for a while now! Masuji Suto and David Sykes have created a small Windows application that uses the GE Plugin to help generate stereographic 3D views. The Stereo GE Browser (available as a zip file) can generate stereo anaglyphs which you can view with cheap red/blue anaglyph glasses, and it also supports several other outputs. Here’s a great example showing New York City (use red/blue glasses):

New York City in Stereo 3D

The great thing about this app (besides that it is free) is that it works in real-time so you can move your view to the way you want it and see the Stereo 3D view at the same time. The app has to show two GE plugins and then screenshot both and combine them and draw the stereo view. So, it’s slower than 1 GE plugin view would be. But, I’m impressed with the speed. If you right click the mouse in the upper view, you get options for how to present the data, and you can save favorite locations.
Here’s what the app looks like when you run it:
Stereo3D maker for Google Earth

I heard about this application at the FreeGeographyTools blog, and his post actually provided full details including screenshots of the menu choices, and information about the different options.
For the record, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen a Stereo3D application for Google Earth. There is a company called Tri-Def which makes a product which makes stereo 3D within GE by intercepting the OpenGL driver. This worked pretty well when I tried their demo a couple of years ago (not sure if it still works today).

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. Breathtaking! So much depth.

  2. A small addendum: Horst Blaesig pointed out the application to me, but it was actually written by Masuji Suto and David Sykes.

  3. There is a far better solution by using the IZ3d drivers
    The anaglyph drivers are free and work on almost all graphics cards. Just install (wont mess with graphics drivers already installed) and set a hot key, you can then turn the 3d effect on and off. Works in full screen and you can alter the amount of 3d you get.
    I wrote this up at

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