Bing Maps Imagery Release for August, 2009

Another month, another big imagery release for Bing Maps.  It’s not as large as the last one (101,485 square kilometers, vs. about 189,000 sq. km. in July), but it’s still very substantial.


This one covers 23 countries, but only Japan got more than just a smattering of new imagery.  There wasn’t even any in the continental United States, though there is some great new imagery of Mt. McKinley in Alaska.

As always, they’ve pushed out their cool World Tour Application to highlight the updates.  Also, as always, no new 3D buildings.  So sad…

Bing Maps Imagery Update for July

ImageryJuly2009gHot on the heels of Google’s latest imagery update, we have a huge imagery update from Bing Maps (via James Fee). This update includes 41TB of raw imagery, covering 189,000 sq. km., and about 12,000 sq. km. of Bird’s Eye imagery.

One of the neat things that Microsoft does with each release is post a “World Tour” that highlights all of the changes across the globe.   However, despite all of the updates, we still don’t have any new 3D buildings.  I simply don’t understand that, and I’ve not been able to get any answers from Microsoft — but I’ll keep trying.  Their 3D cities are amazing, with 100,000+ buildings and a ton of 3D trees, but they haven’t updated them in over a year.

Still, this is an excellent update and gives you a lot of more data to play with!

Update: Google provides an update file as well, in the form of a KML file that shows all of the updated areas.

Google Earth Imagery Update for August

niagara-fallsGoogle has just pushed out a significant imagery update for Google Earth, although the precise scope of it is not yet know.  According to the Google Earth Blog, updated countries include: China, USA, Africa, Bahamas, Italy and many others.  It seems to be quite a large update.

If you think you’ve found some updated imagery, compare the Google Earth imagery to Google Maps, as Maps is still showing the old data.  It’s a great way to know for sure if imagery in a particular area is fresh or not.

If you find any new imagery, leave a comment on the GEB post and they’ll get it listed.

Google Earth Imagery Update for May, 2009

According to the Google Earth Blog, there has been another imagery update for Google Earth.  The full list of updated areas is still coming in, but so far they’ve found updates in Scotland, Brazel, USA, Englad, Norway and Spain.

Keep an eye on the GEB post for more updates.

More fresh imagery for Virtual Earth

bahamasAnother imagery update for Virtual Earth.  They’ve still not released any new 3D “version 2″ cities (WHY??), but they keep pushing new imagery out at a good pace.

This update covers “only” 9TB of data, but they brag that it covers over 1 million square kilometers of Earth.  That sounds nice, but I wonder how it compares to previous releases and typical Google Earth releases?  I have no idea.  I have a feeling that it’s a pretty low number, but it sounds good because we have no scale to measure it against.

In any case, it’s still a very nice update and covers more than 65 countries.  You can get the full details on VE Evangelist’s blog.

Google Earth imagery update

Google has just pushed out an imagery update, though the extent of it is still unknown.  According to Google Earth Blog, the following areas have been updated:

  • United States – Broad coverage in in about a dozen states that used to have low-res imagery.
  • India – Re-colorized, so it looks much better from way up high.
  • France – Near Chateauroux.
  • Spain – Along the north coast.
  • Sweden – The entire country, it seems.
  • Morocco – “lots” of it.

Frank will be posting more updates as they’re available, so keep an eye on his post.  If you see any other updated areas, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list.

Another large imagery update for Virtual Earth

Microsoft has just pushed out another large imagery update for Virtual Earth.  While it’s only 21TB (a huge number for sure, but smaller than previous releases), it adds new imagery to parts of 63 different countries.  Quite impressive!

You can view the full list of updates here.

I just wanna know when we’re gonna see more 3D cities from them.  No word on what’s going on, and they haven’t responded to my inquiries.  Strange…

Major update to Google Maps, primarly with StreetView

Hot on the heels of its arrival on the iPhone, the web interface of Google Maps has just received a major overhaul.  In particular, the handling of StreetView is much different.

Google Maps Mania has a great overview of the changes, as does the video below.  Check it out!

Huge imagery release for Virtual Earth

Microsoft has rolled out another enormous imagery release for Virtual Earth.  Details can be found here, but the quick version includes:



  • Spain
  • Japan
Obliques (Bird’s Eye)
  • United States
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Luxembourg
Sadly, once again, there doesn’t appear to be any new 3D buildings.  C’mon Microsoft — those “version 2″ cities are amazing and we want more of them!

Google Earth imagery update

It appears that another Google Earth imagery update is underway, covering a variety of locations around the world.  The latest list, as provided by the Google Earth Blog, includes:

  • Large portions of India
  • Various places in the US, including parts of North Carolina and Utah
  • Northern Mexico
  • Romania — maybe the entire country?
  • Parts of Spain
  • The entire Czech Republic

If you find other areas that you think might be new, you can check using Google Maps.  Maps still hasn’t been updated, so if the imagery for a particular area is different in Earth and Maps, then it’s one of the newly updated areas.

Let us know if you find anything beyond what is listed above.