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On review my first impresson was correct

Idelix.gifI had gotten an email from IDELIX and promptly ignored it as their idea sounds like a hassle given the simplicity and ease of use Google Maps and Virtual Earth offer us. Well after a weekend of seeing everyone post about it I thought I’d give it another look. Well I think I was correct in ignoring it, the more middle men you put between me and the data, the less interested I am in it. The technology looks impressive, but to me it almost seems like a technology looking for a purpose rather than filling a need. Plus it turns the speedy Google Maps and Virtual Earth into a slow “Java-like” web application, rather than the lightweight AJAX solution that they are. I’m sure that there is an application for this technology out there, but the demo doesn’t show it.

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Shape2Earth – shapefile to KML converter – Beta 2 available

Tim Beermann posted in my comments that:

Shape2Earth can now be downloaded and tested at http://interactiveearth.blogspot.com/.

I have not had much time to implement a lot of the features I would like .. but those will come with time.

For those who have not been following Shape2Earth Beta 2 news, you can get up to speed on the enhancements over on Tim’s blog. Good news as GIS professionals are really starting to take a liking to Google Earth and making it part of their workflows.

Ah, but Google Earth’s pesky EULA gets in the way.

Take those old fashion shapefiles and make them more usable

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Steve Lombardi, Virtual Earth Program Manager responds to my comments about Virtual Earth

Steve Lombardi, the Virtual Earth Program Manager took some time to respond to my post on the quality of imagery in Phoenix, AZ.

The things our users have been asking for include maps and geocoding Internationally (number 1 by a landslide. See Daanish’s comment above as an example of typical feedback), trip planning, ability to correct bad geocodes, ability to add their own content to maps and printing improvements. Not surprisingly, in this release we added features like Real Time Traffic Overlays, the ability to move algorithmically geocoded pushpins, and Collections which allows someone to build their own layer of points to share with others. Our new Print menu isn’t gonna get us a lot of coverage in hardcore GIS blogs, but its features like that that users need to complete the tasks they actually want to do at WLL.