Links: Picasa Street View, Cool Screen, ArcExplorer Earth, SketchUp Podium Prize

  • Picasa Street View – Google has added geotagged photos from Picasa Web Albums (PWA) users to the “User Photos” of Street View. I’m hoping they’ll also add PWA photos to the Geographic Web layer for Google Earth, and Google Maps “Photos”.

  • Cool Google Earth Screen – Gerardo Paz e-mailed me this cool link (Gizmodo – here’s English version) to an article about a Google Earth visualization for Lufthansa showing real-time flight tracking on a cool panoramic screen. The content was designed by WHITEvoid and apparently won some awards. Here’s the video:

  • ArcExplorer Earth – ESRI has released a new version of their virtual globe ArcExplorer. According to Mapperz this upgraded version has improvements for a wider audience including better KML support (GE’s file format). Here is ESRI’s announcement, and the official page for ArcExplorer.

  • SketchUp Podium Contest WinnerSU Podium is a third-party plugin application for Google SketchUp that lets you create photo-realistic renderings from SketchUp scenes. They held a contest recently and the winner got featured in this SketchUp Blog post. Pretty cool how the winning artist created the scene.

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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