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9:17 am on Jun 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hey BakedJake!

Go outside and wave!

7:10 pm on June 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I found a neat feature. You can right click on an item in your "Places" and copy it. You get a chunk of XML in your buffer which you can send to someone else. The person can copy that chunk and paste it into their "Places".
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would someone want to pay for it

Who cares if they pay for it, nearly everyone will load it on their computer.

Score 1 for Google. This thing is the bomb.

I really don't understand what Google engineers have against legend's though - can I get a mileage marker?

8:08 pm on June 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Chico_Loco, fair points. I know that Linux and Mac have a smaller market share, but lots of us use them at the Plex. :) I'm glad that people enjoy the Earth. It's pretty addictive to zoom around childhood homes, or to see where your grandparents' house is. I'm sure the Earth crew will read this thread, if anyone has feedback (e.g. mile markers or legends, or swapping country names around).
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Does anyone know how Google Earth differs from Keyhole?

Google Earth, announced on Tuesday, uses technology from the company's Keyhole division, a satellite mapping service it bought in October

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Canadian resolution seems to be good enough that I can see that there is a car in my driveway or at least something the size of a car. I was hoping for something with a bit more detail.

U.K. resolution for where I checked is much less and very disapointing, I can't even see house outlines.

Some places I looked for are severely misplaced, one was in a rural area, and the interpolation put it a half hour drive in the wrong direction. Another was in a a built up residential area, and misplaced it by about a 15 minute walk.

But it's a great toy, I spent four hours playing with it. I found a good use for it, I was hiking last week and the map I have was incorrect, I was able to find the correct directsion and print out a map for next time. I'll probably pay the $20 for better printing.

I do wish it would work on Win98 which is my normal platform - I have to boot up in Win XP to use it.

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Bummer! We only have dial-up.

Was promised DSL next month but don't believe it.

Oh well, another thing on the Internet I can't get into.

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Score 1 for Google. This thing is the bomb.

Talking of bombs there are only five areas of Scotland in High Definition and one of them includes the home of a highly sensitive military area. Some of the sensitive areas within this area have been deliberately obscured.

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The first time I ran it the graphics were pretty blurry. But on subsequent "flys" it was very cool. Good stuff, but what's the plan?

Picasa and Google Earth. Have to think about this...

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Does anyone know how Google Earth differs from Keyhole?

Google Earth, announced on Tuesday, uses technology from the company's Keyhole division, a satellite mapping service it bought in October

Yeah, I noticed that, but since Google Earth has a free version and there is a fee for Keyhole, I figured they might not be the same product.

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legend

Ummm... actually I think I meant a key - that mileage ruler thingy... maps.google.com doesn't have one either.

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Great toy...Would love some more detail though.

Does anyone know how I can get rid of the cross-hair? I had a 'drag' hand symbol before.

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Great Fun!

Nice job Google.

12:12 am on June 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone seen the spelling mistake in the example query on the top left of the interface?

1600 Pennsylvanis Ave, 20006

Nice! ;)

For those of you that were in New Orleans for PubCon, do a search for Bourbon St. and check off "Bars/Clubs" under Layers. Was anybody able to hit all of these last week?

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Things get weird if you try to see the buildings at the South Pole (90 degrees south).
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This is by far the coolest tool Google have brought out in a very long time. I have been using it for hours zooming in around my town.

One point im surprized nobody brought up is the built in web browser. My first though was wow, could this be the first glimps of a Google browser. I visited my sie and checked the UA

"Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)

So it appears to be an embeded/skinned browser.

Another point that amazed me was you can rotate the view so you are looking towards the horizon. Simply amazing how accurate they look. This is one product I will be sure to follow. A great toy with many uses.

Mack.

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I can see this being quite addictive, at least in the short term.

Have only just downloaded it but would be great if you could enter an actual address to zoom in on!

Wonder if this breaks any laws in certain countries!

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Been playing with it for a couple of hours. Very cool. Needs some work on the routing and searching for an endpoint isn't as nice as it could be. But very nice for a first public release.
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Yes is pretty amazing but would be great if they could improve the 3D images especially in some parts of the world like Asia.

Plus there are loads of spelling mistakes for the towns and cities in Asia I looked at.

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Yep I have noticed quite a few typos here and there also. But as was said it's great for a first release. I can wait to see how this app will evolve, it's awsome.

it's amazing, looking down on ships etc. I also managed to spot a plane on final approach just short of a runway. It's just very cool. Almost like a snap shot of the world where everything just stops in place.

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WOW!

I've already seen my old house, travelled the route i used to take to school when I was younger, seen a power plant with steam rising from the cooling towers, it's brilliant :)

The resolution could be better but it's not bad so far.

I could spend hours on this.

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This software is great. Why would they have this for free? Arc GIS is worth thousands, and this seems to do exactly the job of Arc GIS.

Will they improve the resolution? Or do you have to buy the program for the better resolution?

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Dammit, my productivity today went down 70% because of this thing. Absolutely amazing - and its future promise is the stuff of fantasy.
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Has anyone seen any data as to when the images are taken? Are they semi-live? I cannot see cars moving, so was wondering if they are snap shots when were taken?

Added in:

OK just saw there is a FAQ on this at: [earth.google.com...]

where it explains

Our images are photographs taken by satellites and aircraft sometime in the last three years. The images in Google Earth are updated on a rolling basis.

Just imagine if they were live images!

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Canadian resolution seems to be good enough that I can see that there is a car in my driveway or at least something the size of a car. I was hoping for something with a bit more detail.

What do you mean? Do you need to see your sunglasses sitting on the dash or read the number plate? :)

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Awesome tool...

Keep it up Google, just posted a link throughout our dept and everyone is playing with it and making good comments.

-George

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I visited the Plex today :)

Whats that weird thing to the north of the building - looks like some sort of track.....

As I posted in the other thread I can work out when my area was mapped by building work etc :) Deffo Summer 2003 for me (Schools look like they are out - no Football pitch or running tracks - so Late July or August)

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The images I guess in some areas are 12-24 months old because our new apartment block doesn't show but building built 3 years ago are shown.

This is great software, i do hope the detail coverage is expanded soon.

12 months from now it will be better,hopefully one day images will be less then 24 hours old.

Nice one Google.

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Will they improve the resolution? Or do you have to buy the program for the better resolution?

I live in New Jersey and the resolution for that state is pretty good. I can see small shrubs in my back yard and even a green sandbox that is only 3 feet accross(not the Google type).

I have to say that my lawn is much greener than my neighbors!

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this is so much fun. the detail in europe and asia seems quite low though. looking at the area around miami beach right now and thats amazing.

someone should go paint a big red X on a road somewhere and see how long it takes to show up!

id love to know when the the resolution will be updated for other parts of the world. please google, keep us posted

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