Google Lat-Long has the announcement, Google Earth Blog reports from the conference and adds details, and if you have a Windows machine, rush to download the plugin at the Google Earth API page, peruse the developer’s guide, then check out some samples. Here is Google’s intro video:
How many minutes before the first 3D Google Maps mashups are released in the wild? If you find some, do post to the comments.
[Update 16:51 UTC: O’Reilly Radar has more context.]
[Update 17:18 UTC: Barry Hunter has some demos up on nearby.org.uk.]
[Update 18:12 UTC: Dan Catt looks under the hood of the new Google Earth API and likes what he sees. Separately, the Mac version of the Google Earth plugin could arrive within two months, I’ve been told.]
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I’m working on this for Google Earth Hacks. A page is up for every file on the site, but many still have issues. When viewing any of our files, there is a link that says “New! GE plug-in” in the “Get File” section.
Here is an example of a functioning one:
Even better news is that the Earth plugin/ API fully supports kml network links with regions, unlike the Google Maps API.
This means you can run huge datasets using just kml, as the Earth plugin will load more kml files on the fly automatically if you have the regions set up to load when on screen and zoomed appropriately. We’re working on making our site navigable using the new plugin – see
Here’s another one I’ve converted – GolfNation.
It has Google Earth content for every course. Some items are simple placemarks and some are detailed layouts of each hole. All of them now offer the option to view details using the plug-in. Here is a sample page:
It’s working quite well. I love it!
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