Tuesday, 7th November 2006
New 3D Maps (Beta) from Microsoft: Windows Live Local Gets "Virtual Earth" 3-D Cities; Don't Forget Skyline Globe
One of the hardest working people we know (and a heck of a writer) Greg Sterling is launching a new virtual earth product in the next few hours. The post is titled, "Windows Live Local Gets 'Virtual Earth' 3-D Cities" and talks about some new 3D imagery from the team in Redmond. Of course, MS Live Local already offers the wonderful bird's eye area imagery of many major cities and now a result page includes an option to see the location in 3D. To get the 3D imagery you do need to install this beta and it will only work on IE 6 or 7. SEW has lots of screen caps.
Cities available according to Greg:
+ San Francisco
+ San Jose
+ Los Angeles
+ Las Vegas
+ Dallas and Fort Worth
Btw, don't forget that SkylineGlobe just released (easy set-up for most browsers) a plug-in app for most browsers with (at this point) only U.S. imagery. What you can add to the imagery is amazing. That said, it's a beta and I did spot some growing pains. SG is free. Here's a full overview that includes a link to GIS expert Adena Schutzberg's preview review. Also, a link to a list of SkylineGlobe's features.
See Also: Need Another Digital Globe? Of course there is Google Earth but have you tried World Wind lately?
See Also: Don't Forget That MS is Also Beta Testing Street Level Imagery (No more A9) for Seattle and San Francisco.
See Also: Want Gorgeous Street Level Imagery of Paris, Barcelona, and other Major Cities in France and Spain. WOW!