Short news: Franson GpsGate, FS Earth, PictureSync

  • Interesting confirmation by All Points Blogof the low-key launch of SkylineGlobe. Remember also how ArcGIS Explorer’s anticipated launch was delayed from the end of July, soon after Géoportail’s disastrous debut? I think lessons were learned from the French debacle — namely, that not being able to meet demand can be a reputation killer. In other words, stage-fright can be a wise sentiment.
  • This came out in August, but hasn’t been blogged here yet: It’s a Google Earth plugin pack for the Franson GpsGate ($10) which lets you use a GPS device with a number of applications simultaneously — this now includes live tracking in Google Earth. It’s made in Stockholm, so it must be good:-)
  • FS Earth, which plots your virtual plane’s position in your flight simulator to Google Earth, is now compatible with Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X (in addition to Flight Simulator 2004). FSX is due out before the end of the year. Until then, there is a trial version. (Via AVSIM Online)
  • PictureSync for Mac (and soon Windows) ($14) lets you annotate and batch-upload your photos to a range of online photo sharing services. In version 1.6 you can geocode photos using Google Earth.