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Friday, April 18, 2008

Google Geo Developer Series, Google Earth Version 4.3 Beta, and Google Map Traffic Upgrades

There have been a number of interesting items out of Google this week.


Recent presentations from the Google Geo Developer series are now available via YouTube. The presentations include discussions on mapping and KML topics from a developer's standpoint and were all filmed over the past four months.

Informative presentations include:

- Quick & Dirty KML Creation (January 1st, 2008)

- Creating Custom Maps (February 27th, 2008)

- GigaPan In-Depth (March 5th, 2008)

- Dynamic KML (March 12th, 2008)

- Mars, Moon, and Sky Map Types (March 26th, 2008)

- Mapping the Votes (April 2nd, 2008)

- Google API Talks (April 2nd, 2008)

Please subscribe to the Google Geo Developer Series Announcements Group to be notified of future presentations.


As of this past Wednesday, Google Earth (GE) Beta Version 4.3 is now available for download and includes a number of new features.

My favorite new feature? It finally looks like the never ending game of guess the imagery acquisition date has come to an end.


The traffic feature on Google Maps has been upgraded to include typical traffic conditions, where users can choose a day of the week and use a sliding time scale to see what the anticipated traffic will be like based upon historical data. Vehicle accidents, schedule highway construction, and road closures are now also included.

Still waiting on them to tie in train schedules so I know where and when to avoid the RxR crossings.