Friday, April 6, 2012

New Google Earth Imagery

As is almost always the case, you can use Google Maps to determine for sure whether or not a specific area is fresh. This new imagery isn't in Google Maps yet, so you can compare Earth vs. Maps to see what's new; the fresh imagery is already in Google Earth, but the old imagery is still in Google Maps. If you compare the two side-by-side and they're not identical, that means that you've found a freshly updated area in Google Earth!
  • India: Mumbai
  • Iraq: Baghdad, Kirkuk
  • Ireland: Northern coastline
  • Japan: Shioya, Nikko, Obama
  • Russia: bolyshoy Kamen, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok
  • Syria: Hamah, Hims, Sabburah
  • United States: North Dakota (Grand Forks), South Dakota (Deadwood), West Virginia (entire state)
If you find any other updated areas, please leave a comment and let us know!

Google Earth cars

Visualizing data with GraphEarth

Over the years we've seen a variety of tools to help display graphs in Google Earth, such as GE-Graph and some 3D World Oil Consumption charts.

A new product has just been released called GraphEarth, and it's the best looking one I've seen yet.


The application has a spreadsheet-style interface that makes it easy to use, and it has built-in geometry for countries, states, counties, cities and zip codes. The software itself is $24.95 and is Windows-only, but the graphs that it produces are standard KML/KMZ files and can therefore be viewed by anyone with Google Earth.

 read more about the features of the product on their website and they have a mostly-functional 15-day free trial so you can play with it before you buy. If you need to visualize data in Google Earth, this is certainly a product to consider.

Explore baseball's opening day in Google Earth

Today is the opening day of the 2012 baseball season in the US, and Google is showing off a bunch of great tools to help you enjoy it.
The best is a new video that they've created that shows off the various Major League Baseball stadiums in 3D inside of Google Earth:
You can also explore those stadiums using this collection from EarthSwoop, which flies you around the stadiums via the Google Earth Plug-in.
Google also encourages you to use Google Maps for the weather, Navigation (for Android) to get the games, and StreetView to tour the outside of the stadiums. Read all about these great features over on the Google Lat Long Blog.
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