Two updates to Google Earth to mention quickly before heading off for a night on Stockholm town celebrating the sixth anniversary of the Swedish blogosphere (they keep good track of such things here:-):
- Fire up your copy of Google Earth 4.2 Beta to notice an “Add Content” button in the Places sidebar pane. It takes you to the Google Earth Gallery, where plenty more KML awaits. This allows Google to promote content by making it more accessible from within Google Earth. It doesn’t provide quite the same impact as getting a coveted default layer in the Layers pane, but it’s a nice boost nonetheless. (Via Google Lat-Long Blog, which also points us to the submission form for Google Earth Gallery.)
- DigitalGlobe’s coverage of the Earth has long been indicated by a default layer. Now another remote sensing content provider, France’s Spot Image, gets its default layer. The tile outlines show all imagery collected over the past year, and the associated popup lets you click through to an ordering screen.
At 2.5m-20m per pixel, the resolution isn’t nearly as detailed as DigitalGlobe’s, but the coverage is more complete and usually more up-to-date. Ordering prices are ‚Ç¨1,900-‚Ç¨8,100 per image for the ones I checked, so this is only useful for institutions, whose employees can now of course use Google Earth 4.2 Free at work legally.