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Google Earth, Now With Browser Goodness

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the nutritious-and-delicious dept.

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Google announced this week that their Google Earth application can now be used from the browser, instead of having to download and install the desktop application. "Google also launched an JavaScript API that lets you interact with the globe, draw markers, add layers or integrate with Google Maps. 'The Google Earth Plug-in and its APIs let you embed the full power of Google Earth and its 3D rendering capabilities into your web pages.' Google LatLong blog announced that each Google Maps mashup can take advantage of the new 3D view by adding a single line of code. 'Our goal is to open up the entire core of Google Earth to developers in the hopes that you'll build the next great geo-based 3D application, and change how we view the world.'"

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Google Earth wasn't sending enough data home (5, Funny)

GigaHurtsMyRobot (1143329) | more than 5 years ago | (#23602751)

Now they can connect your browsing habits with your satellite voyeurism.

how is this troll? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23603241)

google is a CIA project that is determined to know your every activity.

"BAWWWWLLL SOMEONE TALKED BAD ABOUT MY BELOVED GOOGLE BAWLLLLL, MOD HIM TROLL"

wake up people and smell the fucking coffee.

Re:Google Earth wasn't sending enough data home (1)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603361)

Now they can connect your browsing habits with your satellite voyeurism.

Awww, come on, that was funny.

Did someone give mod points to a Google worker?

When does... (1)

xpuppykickerx (1290760) | more than 5 years ago | (#23602759)

Google : Journey to the Center of the Earth come out? Or even better Google Mars!

Re:When does... (3, Informative)

LiquidFire_HK (952632) | more than 5 years ago | (#23602875)

Google Mars [google.com] already exists.

Re:When does... (1)

xpuppykickerx (1290760) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603009)

Kinda weak! but thanks.

Re:When does... (2, Informative)

glas_gow (961896) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603205)

Google Sky [google.com] also exists, although I don't know if it's new or old (I had trouble finding it).

Re:When does... (1)

lexbaby (88257) | more than 5 years ago | (#23605025)

Don't forget Google Moon [google.com] !

Why, why, why (5, Insightful)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 5 years ago | (#23602765)

So now it can run substantially on a (huge) plug-in inside my browser. How is this different or more convenient just because the window is wrapped in the browser.

Seems everything must run inside the browser these days. When can I get windows vista for firefox?

Re:Why, why, why (4, Informative)

mmkkbb (816035) | more than 5 years ago | (#23602851)

You could theoretically embed this in a web page where one would use maps now.

Re:Why, why, why (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23602985)

But then it would no longer be a web page.

What is a web page? (2, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603149)

You could theoretically embed this in a web page
But then it would no longer be a web page.
By your standards, YouTube is not a web page because it contains FLV video, nor is Slashdot because it contains SWF advertisements. If I have an HTML page that uses the object element to embed rich media, what makes it a "web page" or not a "web page"?

Re:What is a web page? (3, Insightful)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603309)

By your standards, YouTube is not a web page because it contains FLV video

If I turn off plugins and go to this website, what do I get? The example screenshot shows Google Earth taking up the entire browser, so my guess is "a blank page" (or one begging me to install their plugin).

I use YouTube on a fairly regular basis on my x86-64 system without the crashtastic 32-bit flash wrapper. I can see the title of the movie, links to related movies, and download the flv to watch in mplayer.

Re:What is a web page? (-1)

eat here_get gas (907110) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603523)

re: "...on my x86-64..."

huh? its either x86 (32bit) or x64 (64bit), unless M$ has some other POS I'm not aware of...

Re:What is a web page? (1)

bcat24 (914105) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603721)

Sorry, but you don't know what you're talking about. "x86-64" is just as valid a name for the 64-bit extensions to the x86 architecture are "x64" is.

Re:What is a web page? (1)

mattmcm (1143125) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603763)

x86-64 is 64-bit (x64)

Re:What is a web page? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604081)

Context for moderators: discussion about whether a page that embeds a plug-in is a "web page" in spirit

I use YouTube [...] without [...] flash [...] I can see the title of the movie, links to related movies, and download the flv to watch in mplayer.
I don't understand. Since when does YouTube provide an easily accessible way to download the .flv file? Or what procedure do you recommend? And is there a similar procedure for Newgrounds (SWF animations and SWF games) or sites that have Java applets?

Re:Why, why, why (1)

GweeDo (127172) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603695)

No theoretically here. If you already have Google Maps you just add this line:
map.addMapType(G_SATELLITE_3D_MAP);

That is it.

Re:Why, why, why (2, Insightful)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603953)

I wonder what kinds of interesting and useful things one could do with that ability.
- See recent places you've searched?
- Find out where you and your friends live?
- Access files on your hard drive?

Sorry to sound overly skeptical, but I remember when Microsoft thought that browser plug-ins were a great idea so they made Office embeddable inside a browser. Then came 10 years of security hell.

Re:Why, why, why (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604807)

Or just provide a KML to launch the standalone GE

Re:Why, why, why (1)

alittlespice (934609) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603223)

As soon as Microsoft can get Vista work for IE, or get it to work at all.

Re:Why, why, why (5, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603515)

When can I get windows vista for firefox?
It's not likely to be available for firefox, but soon you will be able to run it within emacs.

Re:Why, why, why (1)

Danathar (267989) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604327)

yea....I DEMAND to run Virtualbox or VMware as a plugin for my browser! Why? Cause that would be COOL!

Re:Why, why, why (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23604519)

When can I get windows vista for firefox?
You have been able to do this for some time. For example GoToMyPC [gotomypc.com] and VNC [s-code.com]

Unfortunately (2, Informative)

gnick (1211984) | more than 5 years ago | (#23602775)

Unfortunately, as with the current version of Google Earth, it does not support proxies requiring authentication... Not sure which version this changed in, but older versions work fine.

Not compatible with: (5, Informative)

Andy_R (114137) | more than 5 years ago | (#23602787)

All Linux browsers
Firefox (Macintosh)
Safari (all platforms)
Firefox 3 (all platforms)
Opera (all platforms)... ... and so on

Re:Not compatible with: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23602867)

Yes, nothing to see here, please move on...

Re:Not compatible with: (2, Interesting)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603099)

All Linux browsers
Firefox (Macintosh)
Safari (all platforms)
Firefox 3 (all platforms)
Opera (all platforms)... ... and so on
I never expected to see Google release something that was (practically) IE exclusive...

Re:Not compatible with: (0)

exley (221867) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603289)

I never expected to see Google release something that was (practically) IE exclusive...
Why?

Re:Not compatible with: (1)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603879)

I never expected to see Google release something that was (practically) IE exclusive...
Why?
Presumably because they are not evil?

Re:Not compatible with: (2, Informative)

Joe Tie. (567096) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604675)

The money they pump into mozilla?

Re:Not compatible with: (-1, Offtopic)

roaddemon (666475) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603673)

re: A pizza of radius z and thickness a has a volume of pi z z a

Assuming a thickness of exactly 1 of whatever measurement you are using.

Re:Not compatible with: (1, Offtopic)

hvm2hvm (1208954) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604043)

No, assuming a thickness of a hence pi*z*z*a. Is your brain rejecting words randomly? I feel bad because I lowered to the level where I explained it.

Re:Not compatible with: (1)

kniLnamiJ-neB (754894) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604129)

re: A pizza of radius z and thickness a has a volume of pi z z a Assuming a thickness of exactly 1 of whatever measurement you are using.
Am I missing something here? Thickness a... so no assumptions are necessary.

Re:Not compatible with: (1)

dave420 (699308) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603725)

But it's still compatible with over 80% of the browsers out there ;)

Re:Not compatible with: (2, Insightful)

Jason Earl (1894) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603823)

But it's still compatible with over 80% of the browsers out there ;)

Sure, once the end user downloads a plugin.

This new software runs on almost precisely the same number of computers as the old one, but now it has the added advantage that Microsoft can break it every time they rev their browser.

Oh yeah, that's progress.

Re:Not compatible with: (2, Interesting)

dave420 (699308) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604121)

Sure, but it also means it can be embedded in a web-page, and interfaced with via javascript. No more downloading KML files and waiting for Google Earth to load them, the webpage can directly show you what it's describing. That IS progress. Just think how useful Google Maps would be in a stand-alone application, compared to how useful it is now. The fact it can be extended using JS and presented in a web-page is how it really becomes useful. But I guess it's more fun to ignore all that and just have a pop at Microsoft, even when this is entirely Google's doing.

Re:Not compatible with: (1)

torry_loon (1180499) | more than 5 years ago | (#23605237)

80%?? Did Microsoft tell you that or do you think it's 1998?

Re:Not compatible with: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23603835)

All Linux browsers - small number of users
Firefox (Macintosh) - even smaller
Safari (all platforms) - larger number than Fx Mac but still smaller than all Linux
Firefox 3 (all platforms) - not even released yet
Opera (all platforms)... - see first point above ... and so on - indeed

Re:Not compatible with: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23604561)

Well, does it work with Firefox 2? Maybe it'll work with Iceweasel!

Re:Not compatible with: (2, Insightful)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 5 years ago | (#23605359)

people consider google one of THE web companies.

yet they have LOST the notion of platform independance, at least in this case.

the start of the true downfall of google? (nah, that was when they rated on that guy and let the chinese take that poor dissident away).

I just can't understand why you'd write a 'web program' and also have WINDOWS CODE in it. boggle!

the shine is wearing off the google, it seems.

Real markers (2, Funny)

abolitiontheory (1138999) | more than 5 years ago | (#23602847)

... that lets you interact with the globe, draw markers, add layers or integrate with Google Maps ...

Aww crap! I thought they meant real markers! ...

Anyone know how to get sharpie out of LCD?

Re:Real markers (4, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 5 years ago | (#23602931)

Aww crap! I thought they meant real markers! ...

Anyone know how to get sharpie out of LCD?

Take off and nuke the whole site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure. ;-)

Cheers

Re:Real markers (1)

redxxx (1194349) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603587)

Anyone know how to get sharpie out of LCD?
Isopropyl Alcohol. Particularly if it is one with a shiny coating. The smooth coating will totally protect your monitor, and prevent the sharpie from adhering well.

Re:Real markers (3, Informative)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603913)

... that lets you interact with the globe, draw markers, add layers or integrate with Google Maps ...


Aww crap! I thought they meant real markers! ...


Anyone know how to get sharpie out of LCD?

Despite what the manual says, paint thinner cleans LCD monitors just fine. Make sure you put the thinner on the rag, not directly on the screen. Added advantage: the fucking glossy laptop screen is not so glossy anymore. It actually came out more uniform than I would have though had I known beforehand that it would be less glossy.

Web or Linux 3D SketchUp? (2, Interesting)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 5 years ago | (#23602857)

3D models for inserting into Google Earth are made with SketchUp [wikipedia.org] , which is a 3D desktop studio available only for Windows, and MacOS, not Linux. When will Google finally release a Linux SketchUp, or at least include its main modeling features into the Web version?

Or even better, when will there be a simple way to use existing (and good) Linux 3D studio tools to make standard-format datasets that are easily and completely importable into Google Earth (whether desktop or Web)?

Hell, at this point I'd even settle for a way to import the paths in a 2D PostScript (or PDF) file into something that makes them 2D lines/areas on a 3D canvas that I can put into Google Earth, rotated and positioned for at least an idea of what a fully 3D model would look like. But to do anything like that right now, I need a Mac or a Windows machine.

Re:Web or Linux 3D SketchUp? (2, Interesting)

fotbr (855184) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603043)

I'd be interested in any good linux 3d tools at all, but it seems the linux community is happy with blender, and doesn't seem to care that its interface is horrible (ie, the gimp syndrome -- "we want to be different, even at the cost of being good").

IF you can tolerate blender's handicapped interface, you might be able to export into a form google earth can handle (or, as the forums will tell you "write it yourself").

Re:Web or Linux 3D SketchUp? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23603929)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=allOsEHARo8

Blender isn't any good, you say?

Re:Web or Linux 3D SketchUp? (1)

TheModelEskimo (968202) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604021)

Art of Illusion is worth a look if the Blender interface is too daunting. It can export as .obj and extrude 2D shapes quite well...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_of_Illusion [wikipedia.org]

Re:Web or Linux 3D SketchUp? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23604469)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC3D

Re:Web or Linux 3D SketchUp? (1)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604669)

OR the "lets not noob up the interface of a image editor, so any old idiot can use it to get rid of red eye"

Some things are hard, and the best interface to do hard things is a hard one, this isn't just being elitist, I have nothing against joe blogs getting rid of red-eye or making a cool little jpeg logo, but that's now what GIMP is made for, so dont bitch when its not easy.

Re:Web or Linux 3D SketchUp? (1)

Zironic (1112127) | more than 5 years ago | (#23605127)

In my experience the best interface to get hard work done is an easy one, as in intuitive. The time you spend fighting the interface is time that should have been spent getting work done.

Wine (4, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603191)

When will Google finally release a Linux SketchUp, or at least include its main modeling features into the Web version?

Have you tried SketchUp in Wine [blogspot.com] ? If you did, and it didn't work, have you submitted problem reports to the Wine team and to Google?

Re:Web or Linux 3D SketchUp? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23603681)

Google Earth 3D models simply use COLLADA XML [khronos.org] format. Sketch up just exports it for you in this way.

A lot of 3D modeling software supports export to COLLADA, which can be used in KML (google earth).

For Example:
Blender [illusoft.com]
3DS Max [feelingsoftware.com]
Maya [feelingsoftware.com]

etc...

Re:Web or Linux 3D SketchUp? (3, Insightful)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603949)

When will Google finally release a Linux SketchUp, or at least include its main modeling features into the Web version?
Write to them and ask them. You cannot expect them to guess that Linux users exist if you don't contact them, can you?

While this might not really be the case at google, you really should write to Adobe (photoshop), Intuit (quicken) and other software houses to let them know that we want their products. I make it a point to write to one every week.

K-3D (1)

theriddle (1291358) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604721)

K3D: k-3d.org.

Windows only (1)

SashaMan (263632) | more than 5 years ago | (#23602921)

Currently this looks like it's only on Windows. I didn't see anything about when a Mac or Linux version might be available, did anyone else see anything?

Google Mars (1)

NobleSavage (582615) | more than 5 years ago | (#23602933)

What I want to see is a Google Mars with all the images of the probes/rovers organized in some way.

Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23602993)

The Browser Edition. Come on, you know you want to make it!

Re:Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego? (1)

f8l_0e (775982) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604113)

Why did this get modded funny? I used to love When in Time is Carmen Sandiego. Google Earth + Wikipedia = Kick ass Carmen Sandiego Action.

Nice way to max the CPU (4, Funny)

Zerbey (15536) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603025)

Well, it went mental and spawned three processes that happily chewed up my CPU and started eating memory as a side dish. Oh, and Firefox crashed.

It's a beta, right? ;-)

Re:Nice way to max the CPU (1)

Oxy the moron (770724) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603143)

It's a beta, right? ;-)

There are Google products that aren't? :)

Re:Nice way to max the CPU (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23603739)

I'm not surprised -- my laptop does an emergency poweroff to save the CPU when I use googleearth for more than 5 minutes when the ambient temperature is above 75F. I've found no other piece of software can do this -- though under the same conditions compiling a kernel or running cpu intensive simulations cause things to get rather warm...

Re:Nice way to max the CPU (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23605149)

Actually no. Vista is not a beta. I'm surprised it ran so well though. It ate my wife and children when I started it up.

exe? (3, Insightful)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603067)

Who makes a Firefox plugin that's an .exe file? Seriously, Google needs to read the how to page [mozilla.org] and follow the standards.

Re:exe? (3, Insightful)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603181)

Well, using an out of process plugin is useful for ensuring that the browser remains reliable when the plugin experiences problems and crashes. Its also useful for sharing resources between applications via the out of process process (the exe).

Those are just 2 reasons to do it, and its likely developers at Google know slightly more about making Mozilla plugins than you seem to think considering A) they pretty much had to read that page to make the plugin anyway, B) Google contributes to the Mozilla code base and has Mozilla developers on staff, and finally C) having delt with many Google engineers, I've yet to run into a twit who has made it past the God knows how many interviews it takes to get a job there, I.E. they tend to have more than a little clue.

Perhaps you just aren't fully aware of their goals/plans/reasoning.

Re:exe? (2, Insightful)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603271)

I think he was referring to the use of XPIs

Re:exe? (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603415)

I totally forgot that the developer might read Slashdot and get offended. Sorry, man. Next time release it as an XPI file.

Re:exe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23603671)


You do realise that this applies to all major software companies, Microsoft included, right?


Interviews test your ability to solve mini problems in a short amount of time. Excelling in Computer Science III and knowing high ASCII codes for various locales does not make you innovative, it makes you a highly functional robot. We need more Steve Jobs, more Alan Kay, not more glorified assembly line workers.


Anyway, if you really want to test someone's competence, you hire on the basis of previous work, or give them a probation period a la IBM. Fortunately, Google do the former a lot of the time, otherwise they'd produce little worthwhile.

Re:exe? (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 5 years ago | (#23605331)

having delt with many Google engineers, I've yet to run into a twit who has made it past the God knows how many interviews it takes to get a job there

you can be clever as hell and have thick eyeglasses 2" deep but that does NOT mean they know how to engineer products.

smart people OFTEN get products quite wrong.

I encountered quite a few googlers and I saw mathematical brilliance but seriously lacking in everyday common sense.

when you look for phd's you sometimes GET just that. not surprising, is it? not if you've been in the field long enough.

smart just isn't enough. you need horse-sense, as they used to call it.

Re:exe? (1)

Snaller (147050) | more than 5 years ago | (#23605379)

So you are saying they are not evil by mistake but by design?

Re:exe? (1)

bkr1_2k (237627) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603249)

Did I miss something? I thought the exe was just an installer that installs the plugin for both IE and Firefox.

Re:exe? (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603333)

I thought the exe was just an installer that installs the plugin for both IE and Firefox.
Then why wouldn't they just release the .xpi file? Either they have something to hide, wanted it to be windows only, or only wanted to code it once for both IE and Firefox.

whitelisting (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603317)

Who makes a Firefox plugin that's an .exe file? Seriously, Google needs to read the how to page and follow the standards.
Installing Extensions and Themes From Web Pages [mozilla.org] mentions something about the install method of an InstallTrigger object. In turn, that method's documentation [mozilla.org] mentions something about a whitelist. I assume the .exe method short-circuits around having to get the user to add each site to a whitelist through a (scary?) alert box.

Re:whitelisting (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603503)

Very close, I don't think there is an alert box for whitelisting. I think you have to go into some config file to do it. The correct way to write a pluign is to submit it to Mozilla for review. For some reason, Google decided not to go that way.

I'm not a developer though. That's just how I interparate this page. [wikipedia.org]

How long does this review take? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604007)

The correct way to write a pluign is to submit it to Mozilla for review.
In that case, I assume the .exe method short-circuits having to register at addons.mozilla.org to download a sandboxed [mozilla.org] add-on or having to wait several months for an editor to review each version of an add-on and promote it from the sandbox.

Re:How long does this review take? (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604269)

Correct, they might also have issues with Google's development cycle. i.e. perpetual beta [wikipedia.org]

Re:exe? (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603413)

What do you mean ANSYS has no undo button? Have you submitted a bug about it? Will check. I think Workbench has unlimited undo/redo.

Re:exe? (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603737)

I think Workbench has unlimited undo/redo.
I asked the rep a few weeks ago. You can delete items you performed previously in workbench (provided you know what it is) but there is no undo in the traditional sense.

Re:exe? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23604917)

Quite possibly those that make a plugin rather than an extension which is what you are referring to. There is a difference.

A plugin allows the browser to interact with an external application or function to perform said function (for example to view a pdf with a reader application within the browser; view video and audio with Quicktime, realplayer, or other media players; view flash; run Java; and even interact with the locally installed google earth application through your browser).

Extensions just extend or change existing functionality already present within the browser itself. Except for Sun Java plugin (which causes some users more grief and confusion because of "extension compatibility" that has nothing to do with compatibility of the JRE itself), I do not know of any plugins that are installed as extensions.

nice, bot too early (2, Informative)

javy_tahu (1045868) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603383)

I'm waiting for Canvas3D to stabilize. Currently there is an Opera build http://my.opera.com/timjoh/blog/2007/11/13/taking-the-canvas-to-another-dimension [opera.com] for Windows and Mozilla has an extension https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7171 [mozilla.org] Google should better invest more on that Mozilla Canvas3D extension.

Doesnt do linux: it doesn't exist (1)

alexborges (313924) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603441)

Call me when it runs on linux

Re:Doesnt do linux: it doesn't exist (1)

DaveM753 (844913) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603563)

I'll second that.

(And no, that doesn't mean running it inside wine or virtualbox.)

You're all missing the point. (2, Funny)

TomRK1089 (1270906) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603521)

The real question is whether or not the flight sim easter egg is still included. :D

Re:You're all missing the point. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23603867)

The real real question is "How do you uninstall it?"

Re:You're all missing the point. (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604117)

The real real real question is, when will Google really start supporting linux? ;-)

I can tell (1)

woot account (886113) | more than 5 years ago | (#23603931)

from the way all you people are bitching that you've never had to try to develop anything that uses the old Google Earth APIs. The choices are: COM API for Windows, an Apple Script API with something on the order or 5 actions, and the linux API, which oh wait, doesn't exist.

This, however, will be a unified API for every platform, once it's ported (this [google.com] says under installing the plug-in that support for other platforms is coming in future releases). And one which I can already tell you is light years better than what I currently have to deal with.

In other words, STFU.

Re:I can tell (1)

smclean (521851) | more than 5 years ago | (#23605259)

What, no Linux version? Booo!

Java? (1)

FranTaylor (164577) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604097)

The Worldwind folks have shown that you can do this stuff in Java, too. Why not use a Java plugin? Before you say 'java is slow', try profiling a Java 3-D application and see where the CPU cycles are spent.
 

maps.google.com? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23604197)

I never understood why anyone would bother with Google Earth when satellite view exists on maps.google.com [google.com] .

Of course it's also been years since I've tried Google Earth, so maybe they've added quite a bit extra functionality over maps.google.com.

They should start by fixing (1)

Snaller (147050) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604315)

The ability to chose your install location in Google Earth (you can in the pro version, not in the free version)

and it can't find your browser if it isn't called iexplorer.exe and is located in the usual places.

And etc etc.

I suppose its clever they have made this embeddable thing, but I think they should have created a Google Earth URL a long time ago, people just could link to a place on earth in a link instead of forcing people to host a kml file.

WARNING (1)

Snaller (147050) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604557)

When you download the rubbish Google installs an update, and an update service

Wow, guess the days of Google as a friend is well and truly over.

The real question: where are they going with this? (1)

madbox (187860) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604637)

There are two possibilities I see:

1) Google is attempting to compete with Microsoft Live's 3D map function: Virtual Earth embedded in a browser.

2) This is a pre-cursor to having a version available for multiple platforms.

Google's stands a much better competitive chance when their products run in (almost) any browser, so I would -like- to think that this is where they are headed. What makes me cringe is, how do they plan to get there on non-MS-Windows (non-Direct-X) platforms?

I think many of us here have experienced the horror, however briefly, of software-only OpenGL 3D.

Re:The real question: where are they going with th (1)

woot account (886113) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604853)

The website for the plugin says plugins are planned for Linux and OS X in future builds.

Google Earth or Google Maps (1)

G1369311007 (719689) | more than 5 years ago | (#23604731)

I'd be happier if I was able to do multi point routes and avoid certain roads like I can while using Google Maps in Google Earth. Until then, this is a pretty useless feature to me.
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