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Google Earth Hacks

Link: Google Earth Hacks.

Washington monument 3d

Google Earth is impressive, but you can quickly grow tired of the included datasets. Well thanks to a new website called Google Earth Hacks you can now browse and share the KMZ view files that Google Earth creates. There’s a labeled version of Walt Disney World, a 3D Golden Get Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Washington Monument. Also available is a connection to Flickr where you can see peoples photos from around the world spatially inside Google Earth. If you spend any time working with ArcGlobe, you should check out some of these “hacks” for ideas in your own projects. There isn’t anything here that can’t be done in ArcGlobe. I just wish that you didn’t have to own a copy of ArcView and 3D Analyst to gain access to it.

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Business Week on Google Earth

Link: Google’s Magic Carpet Ride (dead link)

“Too many products, too little time is the story of my working life. So it’s not often that I play with a product for a few hours in the office, then take it home and spend another hour or so showing it off. But that’s what happened with Google Earth. I’m not quite sure yet what this satellite imaging program is good for or how it will make money, but it sure is fun.”

An interesting take on Google Earth from someone who isn’t either a programmer or a GIS professional. As he says, “..download it and take an advance tour of this summer’s vacation trip or check out your childhood neighborhood. You’ll likely find it addictive.” which leads me to believe that we’ll see more information (ads) for businesses in Google Earth in the future. Could Google Earth be the next version of Yellow Pages? Imagine the 3D models of buildings colored because certain companies paid for inclusion. Interesting thoughts…

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Google Earth Hacks

Link: Google Earth Hacks.

Washington monument 3d

Google Earth is impressive, but you can quickly grow tired of the included datasets. Well thanks to a new website called Google Earth Hacks you can now browse and share the KMZ view files that Google Earth creates. There’s a labeled version of Walt Disney World, a 3D Golden Get Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Washington Monument. Also available is a connection to Flickr where you can see peoples photos from around the world spatially inside Google Earth. If you spend any time working with ArcGlobe, you should check out some of these “hacks” for ideas in your own projects. There isn’t anything here that can’t be done in ArcGlobe. I just wish that you didn’t have to own a copy of ArcView and 3D Analyst to gain access to it.

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Users debate costs of Google Earth vs. ArcGIS

Konquest Online posts about their thoughts on Google Earth (dead link):

“I think that GIS producers should be humbled by the work that has been done at
Google and Keyhole. It’s not perfect yet, but it was developped in about one
year, has a great interface and is free. I’ve only downloaded Google Earth, but
they also offer the software in two other flavours: Google Earth Plus (which features GPS integration, higher print resolution and more powerful annotation features) and Google Earth
Pro
(with a ton of features and can be compared with commercial GIS) But the Pro version is still priced only 400 US$/year, compared to the 10 000+ $ needed to acquire ESRI’s ArcGIS.”

While I too am quite impressed at the ease of use that Google Earth brings to desktop GIS, lets not lose site of the fact that is is only a viewer of GIS. ArcGIS, while more expensive allows GIS analysis as well as viewing the same and more GIS datasets that Google Earth does. Also ArcView is “only” about $1,500 and the 3D Analyst extension is about “$2,500”, much less that the $10,000+ figure quoted above. To compare Google Earth with ArcGIS is about the same as comparing Word Pad with Microsoft Word. To even list all the functions that ArcView does beyond Google Earth would take pages on pages of this blog. Don’t lose sight of the purpose of Google Earth, nor what ArcGIS is about.