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Getting the money shot

by StreetViewFun.com on Jul.08, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Boy is he mad

by StreetViewFun.com on Jul.07, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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New Google Earth layers: 3D Cities

by Timothy Whitehead on Jul.07, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

Last week, in honour of Google Earth’s 10 year anniversary, Google added a new collection of layers known as Voyager. We have already had a look at the ‘Satellite imagery updates’ layer, the ‘Earth View landscapes’ layer, and the ‘Street View highlights’ layer. Today we are looking at the ‘3D cities’ layer.

The new ‘3D cities’ layer shows the locations where Google Earth has the automatically generated 3D mesh that Google has been rolling out since 2012. In the past, it was difficult to find which areas had the new 3D. There was a list maintained on Wikipedia but there was no way to view it as a KML in Google Earth. So last September we at GEB created a KML with the outlines of the areas with 3D. We have since maintained it, thanks to the help of GEB readers, who spot new imagery and let us know in the comments of this post. Most of the hard work of outlining the newly discovered areas is being done by GEB reader Anton Rudolfsson. Also thanks to an idea from Anton, we display the imagery colour coded by when it was first discovered (which roughly corresponds to when it was first added by Google), so you can get an idea of how progress is going and also spot the latest additions easily.

Google Earth users who are not readers of GEB, or have not seen our KML, may be surprised by the new layer, as most users do not realize just how much 3D Google has managed to generate or how widespread around the globe it is. Having said that, coverage in Africa and Asia is still sorely lacking, although South Africa did recently start getting coverage.

It is not immediately obvious, but the new layer features two different icons. There are filled in triangles with a point at the top, which indicate ‘Existing coverage’, and triangles with just an outline with the point at the bottom which indicate ‘Latest updates’. Note that this does not necessarily correspond to the age of the actual imagery.


We do like the heat map effect Google has managed to achieve with the new layer.


The GEB maintained version has more information, for those interested in getting into the details. Download our KML file here.

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Model photo shoot

by StreetViewFun.com on Jul.07, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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The Tour de France 2015 in Google Earth

by Timothy Whitehead on Jul.06, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

In past years (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011), we have referred you to CyclingTheAlps.com for maps of the Tour de France. However, it doesn’t seem to have the 2015 Tour.

The official site has a very basic map of the overall tour, and more detailed maps for each individual Stage, but it does not have an option to export to KML.

Thank you to GEB reader Chris, for letting us know about this article on velowire.com which does include a KML of the tour (scroll down to the end of the article to find the KML).

The Tour de France runs from Saturday July 4th to Sunday July 26th, 2015.


The elevation profile of Stage 20, which takes place in the Alps.

Once you have the map in Google Earth, you can easily get the elevation profiles of any stage. Simply right click on any of the coloured lines and select ‘Show Elevation Profile’. As we have mentioned in the past, elevation profiles are only as accurate as Google Earth’s elevation data and also tend to fail to take into account tunnels and bridges. Nevertheless, they can give you a good idea as to how much work the cyclists will have to do in a particular Stage.

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Taking some shots of Google

by sashafromdonetsk on Jul.05, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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What is going on here?

by sashafromdonetsk on Jul.05, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Giving Google a high five from miles away

by StreetViewFun.com on Jul.04, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Garden cart

by Willi1 on Jul.03, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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New Google Earth layers: Street View highlights

by Timothy Whitehead on Jul.03, 2015, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

On Monday, in honour of Google Earth’s 10 year anniversary, Google added a new collection of layers known as Voyager. We have already looked at the ‘Satellite imagery updates’ layer and the ‘Earth View landscapes’ layer. Today we are looking at the ‘Street View highlights’ layer.

The ‘Street View highlights’ layer is a collection of Placemarks highlighting interesting sights to be found in Street View. The locations are mostly off-road locations that you would not normally find when simply looking at Street View in Google Earth. It does not include the sort of collections often found on the web of interesting things inadvertently caught by the Street View cameras. On a side note, Google has recently closed down the old version of Street View breaking many sites that have links to Street View imagery.

The layer only includes actual Google Street View and does not include user-submitted Google Views or Business Views.

The locations include a number of places we have looked at before that we found very difficult to get to from Google Earth and at the time recommended the Google Maps version of Street View instead. These locations include:

The new layer makes it much easier to find those locations and to enter Street View, but navigation is still very difficult. There are often no street lines or other markers indicating which directions you can navigate. Overall, the Street View interface within Google Earth is not as good as the Google Maps version, but moving on a larger scale between locations with Street View is now easier in Google Earth and a superior experience to Google Maps. Probably the best solution is to find interesting Street View in Google Earth and then switch to Google Maps to view it using the ‘View in Google Maps’ button on the tool bar.


Sea Lions, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

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