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New 3D buildings in Google MapsGL

The MapsGL mode of Google Maps is continuing to improve and offer some great features, and the newest is the shaded 3D buildings that we’ve seen in standard maps for a while now. The new buildings certainly add a lot to the look of the maps, as you can see in some of these before/after shots:

Could the next step be textured buildings?  It seems unlikely at this point, but with the rate they’re adding features to MapsGL, anything is possible.

(via Google Lat Long Blog)

Two new 3D cities added to Google Earth

Google has just released two new 3D cities into Google Earth — Dublin, Ireland and Cardiff, Wales.

Make sure your “3D Buildings” layer is turned on inside of Google Earth, then fly over and check them out.  Below is a short video showing them off.  They look great!

New StreetView and 3D cities released

helsinkiIt’s been a busy day for Google.  Earlier in the day they unveiled Helsinki, Finland in 3D, and the coverage is quite comprehensive.  Google Earth Blog has the details.

Also, as pointed out by Google Maps Mania, StreetView imagery has been released for a few countries.  This update includes a few major cities in Portugal (Porto and Lisbon), solid coverage over much of Switzerland, and also around Taipei, Taiwan.

All in all, a pretty busy day for Google!

Big update to Google Earth coming in 8 days?

According to a few sources, Google is releasing a new version of Google Earth at the California Academy of Sciences on February 2nd.  Because the location of the event happens to be an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum, that’s leading many to think that we may finally see the long-rumored “Google Ocean”.

It would be somewhat odd timing for that, since they just released the new ocean imagery a week ago, but it sure makes sense.  However, it also leads to another question — what other new features might we see?  New imagery?  More 3D buildings?  Other features?

We’ll find out soon!

A few new 3D cities in Google Earth

As reported by the Google Earth Blog, there are a few new 3D cities in Google Earth — Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA.  There may be others, but those are the two that have been found so far.

I’ll keep poking around see if any other cities have fresh 3D imagery in them.  Here’s a shot from Pittsburgh, which looks great.

A few more 3D cities in Google Earth

Just a few weeks after they added a bunch of new 3D cities to Google Earth, there appear to be a few more.  As of right now, according to the Google Earth Blog, the new cities are Los Angeles and San Diego.  As with the other cities, these two are absolutely stunning.

There are likely some others, but those are all we know about for now.  If you hear of any others, please let us know and we’ll update this post.

Tons of new 3D buildings in Google Earth

As reported by the Google Earth Blog, Google Earth is now featuring thousands of new 3D buildings.  Some of the updated cities include:


  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Jacksonville
  • Miami Beach
  • Nashville
  • Philadelphia
  • San Diego
  • St. Petersburg
There are also new buildings in a  variety of European countries.  There are probably others as well, so please let us know in the comments if you find any.

Virtual Earth map control 6.2 coming in a few weeks

According to Nate Irwin, version 6.2 of the Virtual Earth map control is coming on September 22nd.  This new map control brings a lot of great features to the table, including landmark-based directions and real-time weather in 3D.

Here’s my big question, though — where’s the new imagery?  Unless I’ve missed something, they haven’t added any new imagery since July, and they haven’t updated any 3D cities since June.  I absolutely love their “version 2″ cities in 3D, and was hoping we’d see a steady stream of them.

Any idea when more might be coming our way?

More new 3D buildings in Google Earth

Google Earth Blog has revealed some extra 3D buildings that were recently added to Google Earth.  Some of the cities with new models are:

  • San Diego, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • ????????

  • Christchurch, New Zealand

Since there wasn’t an official list provided, there may be more out there.  If you notice any other areas with new buildings, please let us know in the comments.