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snkTab
Jul 3, 2005, 12:17 PM
I can't believe people aren't talking about this as I find it very interesting

http://earth.google.com/

Contains a ton of GIS inforamtion. You can litterally see incredible details of the earth. Restruants and shops are marked, even webcams that cover intersections are linked. You can view everything from your house, to the green zone in Iraq, to temples in Japan.

First thing you should do after installing. Type in your address, it'll fly you right there. Maybe turn on 3d builings tilt the camera so its facing the horizon and take a stroll down a london street.

PlaceofDis
Jul 3, 2005, 12:19 PM
that is pretty sweet, i didnt even know about it, so i guess that maybe why no one is saying anything, thanks for the info and links though, i will definitely be checking it out soon!

edit: i guess i should have checked out the links, i thought it would have been web-based, but you're right iGary....shame, oh well

iGary
Jul 3, 2005, 12:20 PM
Maybe because there isn't an OS X client?

snkTab
Jul 3, 2005, 12:25 PM
Maybe because there isn't an OS X client?

very true. Good news is that it uses open GL and the data is mostly stored online. I'd like to say also that's its very fast. I zoom in as fast as possible and it updates to higher res pictures of that area instantly almost. I'm moving an hour south and I found it a great resource as it could placemark all the potential places and show me what was around it.

skubish
Jul 3, 2005, 01:33 PM
very true. Good news is that it uses open GL and the data is mostly stored online. I'd like to say also that's its very fast. I zoom in as fast as possible and it updates to higher res pictures of that area instantly almost. I'm moving an hour south and I found it a great resource as it could placemark all the potential places and show me what was around it.

How do you get it so hi-res? I just tried it and it looked like crap.

dotdotdot
Jul 3, 2005, 01:35 PM
How do you get it so hi-res? I just tried it and it looked like crap.

Yeah, my Google Earth doesnt even show trees well! How did you get it to look GOOD!?

skubish
Jul 3, 2005, 01:38 PM
Yeah, my Google Earth doesnt even show trees well! How did you get it to look GOOD!?

I think it may depend on where you are looking. Go to a major city like Paris or New York and you should be able to zoom into a lot of detail.

NeoMayhem
Jul 3, 2005, 02:00 PM
Looks cool, but I dont use products that only work on windows.

Google Maps uses the same data and does what I need, so I dont think I am missing much.

Inspector Lee
Jul 3, 2005, 02:01 PM
Curious to see how seamless this is. I'd like to see them do this with USGS topographic quadrangles and digital orthoquads. Topozone is clunky and so is M$ terraserver.

dejo
Jul 3, 2005, 02:05 PM
snkTab, how about some full-resolution thumbnail attachments? That would be nice...

mrzeve
Jul 3, 2005, 02:23 PM
And no one ever takes me seriously when I say google is taking over the world..

Apple Hobo
Jul 3, 2005, 03:41 PM
Do you support Macintosh?

At this time, Google Earth supports Windows only; however, we hope to support the Mac OS soon. In the meantime, although it might be slower, some Mac users have had success running Google Earth with a PC emulator.


From another page:

Apple Macintosh computers are not supported at this time (but we are working on it).

snkTab
Jul 3, 2005, 06:29 PM
Yeah, Google Earth is in Beta.

Here are some fullscreens, with the UI cropped. The data seems to be different by country. The lower-res parts are satellite taken, while the higher-res shots are most likely aerial photography. America is pretty much maped, even land that is not in use gets photographed by the Department of Interior. Japan, England, France are all high-res. Austrailia, small islands, are not.

michaelrjohnson
Jul 3, 2005, 07:03 PM
Very impessed. I'm anxious to see where this goes!

snkTab
Jul 3, 2005, 07:20 PM
First photo has terrain mapping on. The second has 3D buildings turned on.

killuminati
Jul 3, 2005, 07:46 PM
I just tried this out on my PC and it is sweet! I'm gonna go and see if I can find area 51 ;)

dotdotdot
Jul 3, 2005, 10:55 PM
I just tried this out on my PC and it is sweet! I'm gonna go and see if I can find area 51 ;)

Oh, you'll find it alright. Just look for the huge white spot.

Area 51 has a HUGE white spot to cover it up - or Google implemented fake grass or something. Google Maps online has a big white spot...

dotdotdot
Jul 3, 2005, 11:05 PM
http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/4816/1infiniteloop6rb.jpg

Look familiar?

snkTab
Jul 3, 2005, 11:28 PM
Oh, you'll find it alright. Just look for the huge white spot.

Area 51 has a HUGE white spot to cover it up - or Google implemented fake grass or something. Google Maps online has a big white spot...

You'll find a lot of white spots if you look closely, mostly in NV or NM. The US government likes to make it obvious when it covers something up. God forbid they actually try to fake something. That's up Nasa's alley.

But yeah, my dad's in the military and he's shown me these spots on maps. Just a stupid little square or whatever covering who knows. Also, Washington DC is done in full detail, except for the capitol. Either because they want to hid something or no ones allowed to fly over it.

Abstract
Jul 3, 2005, 11:30 PM
So if this uses the same maps as Google maps, then its crap for places like the UK, right? Its still crap, but in a prettier packaging.

Its good for big US cities, though.

dotdotdot
Jul 4, 2005, 12:16 AM
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yukon8170
Jul 4, 2005, 02:00 AM
Apple Headquaters, Cupertino, CA

runninmac
Jul 4, 2005, 09:34 AM
This would be really cool to try but there download system is down right now :(

Apple Hobo
Jul 4, 2005, 09:31 PM
Google Maps' satellite allows you to see Area 51. Link (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=las+vegas&ll=37.24708557128906,-115.79864501953125&spn=0.056476593017578125,0.08840560913085938&t=k&hl=en)

dotdotdot
Jul 4, 2005, 09:54 PM
Google Maps' satellite allows you to see Area 51. Link (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=las+vegas&ll=37.24708557128906,-115.79864501953125&spn=0.056476593017578125,0.08840560913085938&t=k&hl=en)

Actually, I found something cool in Google Earth program.

Go to Places > Sightseeing, and they have already mapped out the cool places for you. Area-51 is there!

dotdotdot
Jul 4, 2005, 10:02 PM
This is Tokyo, everone!

Wow, they like putting everything together! Look at that! Baseball feilds - 8 of them!!! AND TWO ARE STADIUMS! And two other stadiums! Thats 10 sports things in one area!

http://img234.imageshack.us/img234/7849/condensedtokyo2gw.jpg

Inspector Lee
Jul 12, 2005, 11:04 PM
So if this uses the same maps as Google maps, then its crap for places like the UK, right? Its still crap, but in a prettier packaging.

Its good for big US cities, though.

Good for the Himalayas as well. Was fiddling at work and suddenly found myself drooling. You can tilt and pan with this and everything. Now if only I could get access to it on my TiBook.:(

Dr. Dastardly
Jul 12, 2005, 11:46 PM
Damn is Google gonna take over or what. They already obleterated Mapquest when Google Maps came out now this?! Theres no end!

I really wish those fake drinks they made for April fools were real. :(

This is incredible. The amount of detail is amazing.

ham_man
Jul 13, 2005, 12:06 AM
Oh my goodness my Dad is absolutely obsessed with Google Earth. We will be eating dinner and he will be surfing it, then he will make some snide comment about Macs, then I will light into him, then my mom gets real pissed, and the night is ruined. Anyhoo, it is pretty cool. Just wish it was available on Macs... :rolleyes:

cheekyspanky
Jul 13, 2005, 12:21 AM
I sent Google some feedback telling them to pull their finger out and release this for Mac...doubt it will help but it made me feel better!

Looks pretty cool from the screengrabs, just a shame I can't try it!

I would get my flatmate to install it on his PC - but he'll refuse as he thinks Google is evil and they want his data to sell...

Anyone got a spare tin foil hat for him?

sandman42
Jul 17, 2005, 11:20 AM
So if this uses the same maps as Google maps, then its crap for places like the UK, right? Its still crap, but in a prettier packaging.

Its good for big US cities, though.

You might find that the images in Google Earth are better than those you see in Google Maps. I've noticed that for US cities the resolution is significantly better in Google Earth (than Google Maps), though they appear to be the same images. Go to this site http://earth.google.com/data.html to see where their hi-res imagery covers.

I installed Google Earth on my PC at work, which is older, fairly slow, and has to use OpenGL, but even at that I've been able to get very little work done! I thought Google Maps was pretty amazing, and this is leaps ahead. 'Earth' preserves all the search and scroll-navigation of 'Maps', and adds much, much more. Seeing a perspective view of your driving directions overlaid on a hi-res image, from a couple hundred feet in the air, then 'flying' the route is incredible.

A co-worker that just got her computer upgraded installed it, and on a capable machine it is mind-blowing. I seriously can't wait till it's available for OS X. I've been checking the Google Earth web site every time I sit down at the computer -- "is it ready yet?!?!"

For those of you who haven't actually seen it run yet, it is almost certainly even cooler than you think.

CubaTBird
Jul 19, 2005, 02:32 PM
two words: big brother...

its all downhill from here!! nooo! :(

pubwvj
Jul 22, 2005, 10:56 AM
I can't believe people aren't talking about this as I find it very interesting.

Yahbut - "Apple Macintosh computers are not supported at this time (but we are working on it)."

pknz
Dec 8, 2005, 08:28 PM
There is a beta floating around (most probably not meant for public release).