Links: KML2KML 3.0, new Building Maker cities, finding Home Plate

KML2KML 3.0.0 — We first mentioned the KML2KML tool a while back after they released version 2.1. They’ve now released version 3 with a number of solid enhancements. If you have to do any complex KML tasks (regioning, splitting files, etc), this is a very useful tool.
More Cites in Building Maker — Google continues to add cities to the very popular Building Maker tool. This time they’ve added five more cities, bringing the total to 71. The new cities are:

  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Stuttgart, Germany

Finding Home Plate at Seals Stadium — In 1959, the San Francisco Seals baseball stadium was torn down. It had been home to greats such as Joe DiMaggio and Willie Mays, but didn’t survive after the Giants moved to Candlestick Park. Using Google Earth’s Historical Imagery tool, Todd Lappin was able to determine the location of the old Seals home plate inside of the Office Depot that was later built on the old stadium grounds. Through rather unscientific methods, Todd was able to mark home plate on the ground inside Office Depot, right next to Aisle 6 (PC department). It’s a fun, creative use of the historical imagery layer.

Seals Stadium in Office Depot

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Great, Amsterdam as well (already had Rotterdam). Hope Utrecht is quick to follow; then I could easily add 3D buildings to the city I know longest/best. Maybe even including my own neighbourhood perhaps, if the imagery is recent enough?

  2. Digital Goblobe can take a more updated satellite picture to Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. The major part of the time is clear, morning and afternoon. They should overlap the image with the position of the previous one because in Google Map Maker after everything is moved and that reaction is everything.

  3. It would be good to include in Building Maker to Venezuela

  4. Berlin is available in Buildingmaker, too.
    Not listed yet, but it’s working.
    Zoom in and start modeling.

  5. Mats Elfström says:

    KML2KML: Beware, this is only available as a 7 day trial and it’s not ready. It crashes at once with a sheet of error messages:
    ************** Undantagstext **************
    System.InvalidCastException: Det går inte att konvertera strängen till typen Double. —> System.FormatException: Indatasträngen hade ett felaktigt format.
    vid System.Number.StringToNumber(String str, NumberStyles options, NumberBuffer& number, NumberFormatInfo info, Boolean parseDecimal)
    vid System.Number.ParseDouble(String value, NumberStyles options, NumberFormatInfo numfmt)
    vid System.Double.Parse(String s, NumberStyles style, NumberFormatInfo info)
    vid System.Double.Parse(String s, NumberStyles style, IFormatProvider provider)
    vid Microsoft.VisualBasic.CompilerServices.Conversions.ParseDouble(String Value, NumberFormatInfo NumberFormat)
    vid Microsoft.VisualBasic.CompilerServices.Conversions.ToDouble(String Value, NumberFormatInfo NumberFormat)
    — Slut på stackspårning för interna undantag —
    vid Microsoft.VisualBasic.CompilerServices.Conversions.ToDouble(String Value, NumberFormatInfo NumberFormat)
    vid Microsoft.VisualBasic.CompilerServices.Conversions.ToDouble(String Value)
    vid KML2KML.MathFunctions.GetLength(XmlNode pNode)
    vid KML2KML.MainForm.TreeView1_AfterSelect(Object sender, TreeViewEventArgs e)
    vid System.Windows.Forms.TreeView.OnAfterSelect(TreeViewEventArgs e)
    vid System.Windows.Forms.TreeView.TvnSelected(NMTREEVIEW* nmtv)
    vid System.Windows.Forms.TreeView.WmNotify(Message& m)
    vid System.Windows.Forms.TreeView.WndProc(Message& m)……

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