Major imagery update for Google Earth

It appears that Google Earth has just received a major imagery update.  There is no official word from Google yet, but Google Earth Blog is reporting a wide variety of updates.  They include:


  • US: Houston, TX — West Virginia — East Massachusetts — Albany, NY
  • Areas of Australia
  • Turkey
  • Paris, France
  • Near Toronto, Canada
  • Parts of Italy
  • Parts of Switzerland
Frank is keeping the GEB list updated, so check back there often.  If you notice anything else new, please post it in their comments.

Not done with the StreetView updates…

I thought it was just Australia and Japan, but I was wrong.  According to the Google LatLong blog, a bunch of US cities have been added as well.

The LatLong blog lists a few of them, but the full list seems to be (based on a comment at Google Maps Mania):

  • Eureka, CA
  • Lancaster / Palmdale, CA
  • California Central coast cites
  • Victorville, CA
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • El Paso, TX
  • Odessa / Midland, TX
  • Lubbock, TX
  • Amarillo, TX
  • Abilene, TX
  • Waco, TX
  • Kileen, TX
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Laredo, TX
  • Brownsville, TX
  • Wichita, KS
  • Shreveport, LA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Mobile, AL
  • Columbus, GA
  • Savannah, GA
  • Augusta, GA
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Billings, MT

Google also says that there is “a special surprise somewhere in our US imagery”.  I have no idea what it is, but be sure to let us know if you find anything remarkable.

Also, I point you again to the GEH StreetView section to submit your interesting finds.  Have fun!

Huge Google Earth imagery update

Google is apparently rolling out a major imagery update for Google Earth, but the imagery has not yet made it into Google Maps.  This is actually a good thing, because it gives you a way to compare the two and see what the changes really are.

Google Earth Blog has the details, but here is a quick list of some of the updated areas:

  • Catalonia/Spain
  • Portugal
  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Australia
  • USA
  • Mexico
  • Italy
  • Venezuela
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • California

If you find any others, let us know in the comments below.

Imagery update for Virtual Earth

While not nearly as big as their last update, Virtual Earth has about 20TB of new imagery now in place.  It includes quite a bit of new imagery in France, as well as various places around the world.  Sadly, it doesn’t appear that they’d added any more “version 2″ cities this month.  I’m dying to see Atlanta in v2, so hopefully they release more soon.

Full details about this update can be found here.

Google imagery update underway?

It appears that a Google imagery update is happening, but it’s a bit different than the past few.  Recently, new imagery has been coming into Google Earth first, then it finds its way into Google Maps a few days later.  However, this time might be reversed.

The city of Linz, Austria has different imagery when compared in Google Earth and Google Maps.  Compare for yourselves:

Earth | Maps

Now the big question — what else has been updated?  Post your discoveries in the comments below!

Updated Areas

  • Parts of Austria (including Linz)
  • Southeast coast of Sri Lanka
  • Parts of Serbia
  • Several areas in Pakistan and India

Minor update to Google Earth

As reported by the Google Earth Blog, Google has released a minor update to Google Earth (version 4.3.7204.0836). There don’t appear to be any new features, just a handful of bug fixes. They include:

  • Mac version only – Whenever a balloon has enough text to require a vertical scroll bar, the horizontal scroll bar shows up as well even if it’s not needed.
  • Bottom margin of some balloons are too big.
  • Balloons sometime do not render image when clicked repeatedly.
  • Sometime balloons do not open in Vista.
  • “to here”/”from here” does not work in newly created placemark.
  • Navigation from camera views above horizon is broken (this problem?)
  • Crash when exiting sky mode (this has happened to me a few times).

You can download the update here.

StreetView adds 13 new cities and a national park

Yosemite National Park in StreetViewTo go along with adding StreetView to the Google Maps API today, Google has just added data for 13 new cities and Yosemite National Park.

The 13 new cities are:

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Austin, TX
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Fairbanks, AK
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Madison, WI
  • Nashville, TN
  • Rockford, IL
  • Richmond, VA
  • Spokane, WA
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Tampa, FL

I wonder why they still don’t have Atlanta in there?  It’s the one city I really want to see, and it’s probably the largest city still not covered.

(via gearthblog)

Image and terrain update for Google Earth

A bunch of new image and terrain data has been added to Google Earth today. Rather than tell us exactly what’s been added, Google’s decided to tease us. Here is what they’re saying has been updated:

  • Two states known for their majestic peaks have gotten an upgrade.
    • Colorado (KML) and Nevada (KML)
  • I can now see where my favorite maple syrup is made.
    • Vermont (KML)
  • Certain Florida beaches (and 1 mountain) are looking much improved.
    • Possibly Ft. Lauderdale (KML). The “mountain” refers to Space Mountain at Disney World (KML)
  • Try counting the warthogs in the Boneyard.
    • “The Boneyard” is an aircraft storage facility in Tucson, AZ, next to Davis-Monthan AFB (KML)
  • Peek inside the home of the Brew Crew.
    • Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, is shown with its retractable roof partially open, allowing a “peek inside” (KML)
  • You can read the Skin’s logo painted on their field.
    • FedEx field (and much of Washington DC) is improved (KML)
  • An historic state capitol building is now in high res.
    • Frankfort, Kentucky (KML)
  • This city was named after the Native American name of a nearby mountain, “Tacobet.”
    • Tacoma, WA (KML), with the mountain in question being Mt. Rainier (KML)
  • A “far away” city that played a key role in trans-Saharan trade can now be seen close up.
    • Tombouctou in Mali, Africa (KML)
  • The town where Jane Austen spent her final years is much clearer.
    • Winchester, Hampshire, UK (KML)
  • The topic of Vincent van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace at Night is now bright as day.
    • It was called Café Terrace, now known as Café van Gogh (KML)
  • Take a look at “la ville noir,” where Cointreau was invented.
    • Angers, France (KML)
  • Only a third of this country’s land is arable, but you can now view the entire country in high res.
  • From 1880 to 1884 this German city was home to the world’s tallest building.
    • Answer: The Cologne Cathedral (KML)
  • Rockets may be used to disrupt rain clouds over this city next summer.
    • Beijing, China — For the 2008 Summer Olympics (KML)
  • This country received an impressive terrain update, you might call it Lord of the Terrain.
    • New Zealand (KML)

They’ll be releasing full details in a few days, but they want their users (like you) to try to figure it out first. We’re not 100% sure about all of these, so let us know if you think any are wrong.

Also, people have been reporting other areas that appear to have been updated. So far those include:

  • Moscow and the Virgin Islands (via Google Earth Blog)
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • Bardejov in Slovakia
  • Slovak-Hungarian border south of Roznava
  • a long strip in northern Poland, from Jastrzebia Góra to Laskowice
  • Various areas in France (via Virtual Globetrotting)
  • Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • Strasbourg, France
  • Pembroke Pines, Florida
  • Sousse and El Jem, Tunisia
  • Padova (Italy), Chatham Island and Auckland Island
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • North Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland and large adjacent sea area
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Livingstone, Zambia
  • Scarborough, UK
  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • All of England except for the Isles of Scilly
  • Areas in North Korea
  • Large portions on Melbourne, Australia
  • Shanghai and some parts of Hong Kong

If you know of others, leave a comment below and we’ll add it to the list!

(Digg this article!)

Massive updates to Virtual Earth

Microsoft just announced a ton of new updates for Virtual Earth.  This includes:

  • Updated road/hybrid map styling for the entire world
  • Hillshaded roads for the entire world
  • 3Di/Boulder hi-res orthos for 44 cities in 10 states, along with a bit in Canada and some in France.
  • New or expanded 3D models in 47 cities, along with some in France and in the UK.

You really need to just go see the full list, then go check it out for yourself in VE.  Quite impressive.

They already had a substantial lead over Google in their quantity of 3D buildings, and this update has just extended that lead much further.

All of the data in this update has been included in the API as well, so that’s good news for sites that take advantage of it.