Weekend reading

It looks like it is going to be a quiet weekend, newswise. All the more time, then, to follow these links:

  • Geoplace.com carries An Impending Massive 3-D Mashup, first of three in an article series by Fred Limp, who directs the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas. It’s an outlook for the 3D industry, with special focus on geospatial applications. I learned a lot.
  • Google Earth has been used to spruce up video podcasts before, but here is a new one. it would be even better if the guy could actually dance:-) (Via Digg)
  • James Fee’s Spatially Adjusted notes the updated ETA for the public beta of ESRI ArcGIS Explorer: No longer later this quarter, but “later this year.” His commenters show some apprehension.
  • I’m a sucker for KML placemark files linked to panoramic images, hence the link to a file of Wolfgang Stich’s photographs from central Europe.
  • ZNO blog produces some more Google eArt. This time, it’s an interpretation of Dustin Shuler’s Spindle. Kudos to ZNO for getting the colors right, mostly. And the licence plates are a nice touch:-)


  • Press release: RDV Systems Lets Autodesk Users Publish to Google Earth. A free 30-day evaluation is available, though not until and unless they get their website to work. It’s usually a good idea to do that before issuing a press release that links to it.
  • I don’t believe I’ve mentioned Geotags.org blog before. Nor ToBeDetermined, the blog.
  • Google Earth Blog notes that the the latest beta of the pro modeling app for Windows Rhinoceros now exports KML for Google Earth. There’s a free evaluation download. It appears that you need to own a serial number to download the beta. (Although this site is also down currently…)