Short news, Edinburgh edition: GPSies, Swivel

And now I’m blogging from Edinburgh, also for work. Not as exotic as Taipei, but definitely better whisky. As a result, Ogle Earth continues in an inebr^H^H^H^H^H abbreviated edition…

  • GPSies - Tracks for Vagabonds

    GPSies (get it?): A really nicely designed community GPS site. Uploaded tracks can be exported in a wide range of formats, including KML and KMZ. It doesn’t do uploading of photos (yet?) but you can use the format converter without having to use the site’s social tools. Worth a visit.

  • Swivel is setting all data junkies to drooling. There have to be GIS applications for this — Valery Hronusov has already been alerted. Currently the site seems to be feeling the strain of being such an obviously good idea, but luckily James Fee found some time to play with it earlier.
  • Adam Burt releases the Geo-Blogging Tool Kit for the Mac’s ecto blogging client and the Blojsom CMS. It comes with a screencast so you can see how easy it is to use.
  • Got a lot of small screenshots of a region that you want to stitch together? Stitch Maps 2 might help. (Not tested.)
  • Press release: Water resources app maker MWH Soft releases NetView Pro, which visualizes analysis results on Google Earth:
    Initially introduced for InfoWater, the industry’s premier and most comprehensive ArcGIS-centric (ESRI, Redlands, CA) water distribution modeling and optimization software, NetView Pro is the first software to seamlessly combine mapping, GIS and modeling data with Google Earth in an integrated environment via an intuitive, easy-to-use interface.

    Not sure about the “first” bit, but isn’t this exactly the kind of stuff that is meant to be done with ArcGIS Explorer?

  • January 3, 2007 will see the release of an early version of World Wind Java, reports The Earth is Square. I hope this means it’ll work on the Mac.
  • Cambridge, UK, in 3D! (BBS post)
  • Google Earth’s been credited with many things, but the Daily News of Halifax asks, Can Google save Nova Scotia tourism?
    The province will also launch what it claims to be a worldwide first, using Google Earth to showcase Nova Scotia destinations.

    “It’s pretty cutting-edge,” said Lloyd Banfield, executive director of the tourism division for the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

  • 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator users, there is a forum especially for you.
  • A Francophone Google Earth community bulletin board (unofficial): googleearth.forumpro.fr.