Virtual Earth makes a 'Quantum Leap' in 3d

This new release of virtual earth has some major updates to the 3d plugin. The two biggest changes being real time clouds and 'street view' imagery for 3d models. The first time I saw the real time clouds demo'd last week my first thought was "this looks just like the...
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Virtual Earth, Microsoft releases ver 6.2 today!

Its been rumoured for a few days but now its official the new version of the Virtual Earth ajax web control has been released. Considering this is just a minor release it  has a lot of features packed into it: Localised map tiles for German, French, Italian and Spanish Built...
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Creating simple drive time maps with Virtual Earth

  A feature that we are sometimes asked for with our mapping products and solutions is "can you show a map of how far I can travel by car from X in Y minutes?". I was recently inspired by a demo of the Masternaut fleet management system at the UK...
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Virtual Earth Control 100% height problem - Solved! Well almost

Ok, so I was using the new asp.net Virtual Earth map control and looking to size it to have a 100% width and height. Like many of you out there I was experiencing the problem that I could only seem to apply the 100% width. As soon as I...
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Mapping the Olympics

For a good example of how interactive maps can be used in sporting contexts see the Olympics map on the BBC sports website. Get an aerial view of the sporting venues with an overlaid 3d image of the sites; search the map by sporting event or landmark you want to...
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SQM Meets Captain Birds Eye

SQM Meets Captain Birds Eye “Captain Birds Eye” aka Georges Verdis, general manager of London Executive, is featured in the June edition of SQM magazine giving rave reviews to his “new toy” Property Bird, an implementation of our mapping solution for residential and commercial property. We...
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lastminute Google Earth experiments

We came across some of the interesting stuff that lastminute have been doing using Google Earth.  lastminute have an experimental arm it seems called lastminute labs who are big fans of Google Earth and have been doing some stuff with Google Earth pretty much since it came on the...
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Making more of your 3d building models

Here at Earthware we are always keen to drive more value from the VScapes 3d property modelling presentations, completed for our property development clients. So when we heard about the new web page exporter for Google's 3d modelling application Sketchup, we immediately saw its application to building projects. The exporter...
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Government Outline Wind Farm Targets by 2020

With government claims that most people back today’s wind farm announcements, and the Guardian citing a new NOP poll showing 80% favour their use and 64% are happy to live within 5km of a development, Why does it still take so long to push through planning? Residents seem...
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MultiMap the quiet mapping API revolution

Many of us in the UK are used to seeing MultiMap's maps on company websites.  They have been more or less the "de facto" web site mapping choice in the UK for years. I'm sure most of us who are familiar with MultiMap associate them with the...
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Estate Agents are Moving Online

Recent research by the Estate Agency Academy has found that estate agency has moved online. Maybe this goes some way to explain the influx of articles in magazines for estate agents (for examples see Estate Agency News, May 2008 and June 2008 editions and eafocus, May 2008 edition) discussing how...
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"As human beings we inherently understand geography"

This is what John Hanke, head of the Google Earth Unit said in an article published on the Financial Times website entitled “Way to go? Mapping looks to be the web’s next big thing”. Does this explain why, as the article also states, “a map...
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Vscapes 3d landscape used to aid in wind farm planning application

Using details from a local planning application for a proposed wind farm, Earthware provided a Vscapes presentation to aid in the application showing a 3d scale virtual representation of the completed site in Google Earth including support structures and access roads. To download the Google Earth file containing this project...
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Earthware gives in to the 'Dark Side'

Today we launched our new website, gone are the bright greens for a much more stylish black design. We now have lots more mapping client stories and some up to date information on our 3d modelling product VScapes as well as out Estate Agent / Commercial Property mapping solution Earthware Property...
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Who leads the way in Interactive Property Mapping?

In order to help with the launch of our new interactive property mapping product, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at what the mapping looks like for a number of the top Estate agency chains and property portals. Our findings are hardly scientifically robust...
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The sun rises on new version of Google Earth

Yes you heard it folks the sun actually rises!  The Guys at Google have added a sun button and when activated you can see a sun in the sky that cast light on the land and even 3D models. A slider appears at the top of the screen that...
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Earthware creates Microsoft Eos Generali on behalf of 3DVia

This project involved the creation of a proposed building the Eos Generali in the heart of the Paris business district for a Microsoft presentation also in Paris. The video that appears above was created by the lads at 3DVia to show off the tools at their disposal and also the...
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3Dvia Shape just got better

Here at Earthware we have been using Shape for a while now in our interactive mapping and V-scapes products but we have yet to see any updates in the software until now. There have been several new features and a new tool added to shape of which I  will give...
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New version of Virtual Earth released today

Today sees the launch of version 6.1 of the Microsoft Virtual Earth map control. There are some great new features especially considering its not a major release. Here is a quick summary of the highlights: High Detailed 3d Cities Microsoft have updated 4 US cities (Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix...
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We're at it again!!!!

Vscapes, the interactive modelling division of Earthware is looking for a  3D modeller Due to the success of the Vscapes offering, it’s time to expand the team! Reporting to the Sales and Marketing Manager, the successful candidate will undertake projects and activities to help drive interactive 3D...
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Letchworth Garden City Town Hall 3D Model

UPDATE: Earthware’s Vscapes product now offers 3d Building developments for our clients in Virtual Earth and Google Earth. For more details see our Vscapes virtual landscapes page for details and client stories. As part of an in house training exercise here at Earthware I went into town and...
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Wind Farm Presentation aids local planning campaign

This project that has been recently completed represents a new venture for Earthware that puts our 3D and mapping skills to a new and innovative use. Video: Stonish Hill WindFarm We have used the plans from a local planning application for a proposed wind farm and created a scale virtual...
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Earthware's Commercial Property Interactive Mapping Features in Property Week

In the February edition of Property Week, David Lawson's article on Earthware client, NovaLoca, pulls out Earthware's interactive commercial property as a key differentiator in the success of NovaLoca so far.  An excerpt from the artcle reads ... "NovaLoca is following pioneering residential sites by using oblique pictures that...
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Microsoft Blogger raves about Earthware's Residential Property Interactive Mapping

We were delighted to see that our first interactive mapping implementation for a residential Estate Agent (London Executive) has attracted so much positive attention.  We were very flattered by the blog entry from a US based blogger on Microsoft's Virtual Earth blog. They wrote: ""Why navigate to Bird's Eye...
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Microsoft buying up mapping / 3d companies, where is it going??

The last 2 months has seen Microsoft invest more in Virtual Earth's future than ever before. The two recent aquisitions to the Virtual Earth team seem to be building more and more skills in the mapping and 3d modeling arena. In mid December 2008 Microsoft bought the UK based mapping...
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Earthware partner with GoLearnTo to develop innovative educational travel websites

Some time ago, Earthware was approached by Vanessa Lenssen, Managing Director of GoLearnTo Ltd, to develop a series of websites to launch a new educational travel company. This is a fantastic project to be involved with and we are jointly proud of the results. We are also looking forward to...
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Residential Version of EarthwareProperty launched in the UK

Earthware are delighted to announce the launch of the first implementation of our interactive property mapping product (EarthwareProperty) in conjunction with our launch partner London Executive. EarthwareProperty offers London Executive's web site the following benefits: Access to the best imagery set of London available through the web Seamlessly embedded into...
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Partnership for Commercial Virtual Neighbourhoods announced

We are delighted to announce that NovaLoca and Earthware have agreed to enter into a partnership arrangement to launch 3D Virtual Neighbourhoods to the commercial property market in the UK.  The Virtual Neighbourhoods product will be promoted under the NovaLoca brand name and through the UK's fastest growing commercial...
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We're hiring again!

Due to the amazing growth we have experienced, we are looking for another web developer to join the team.  We don't promise to be the biggest, nor do we want to be, but we take "having fun" very seriously and if the interactive mapping element of web...
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3D Innovation for the new year.

Hi Guys, its been a little while since I last Blogged so I will take this opportunity to wish you all a happy a new year. What follows is a few of our latest offerings, with one more to follow once I have finished it hopefully later today but as...
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Commercial Property Mapping launched

As readers of the blog may be aware, we are constantly looking to drive innovation in mapping through different applications and industries and have a pipeline of ideas and products we are looking to launch over the coming months and years. We were therefore delighted to launch the commercial version...
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What are you doing for GIS day on November 14th?

I was very amused today to find there is actually a Worldwide GIS day on November 14th. It seems today there has to be a day for absolutely everything including my favorite talk like a pirate day. Now we know of its existence we just have to work out exactly...
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We're hiring!

That’s right Earthware are continuing to expand beyond our expectations so we are looking for an experiences asp.net web developer. Earthware is an innovative small start-up company where individuals can really make a difference. If you are a quick learner and keen to pickup new and exciting skills...
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3D PDF prototype

Adobe have recently released Acrobat 3D Version 8. This new version of Acrobat gives the user the opportunity to embed a variety of different media types into a PDF document which can then be read by anyone with the free adobe reader software. Here at Earthware we have jumped at...
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Commercial 3D property interior modelling

For a while we have toyed with the idea of interior modelling in Sketchup for Google earth but with residential models it is impossible to navigate inside them effectively with the tools available. A larger commercial space gives more room to navigate in so we have developed a prototype with...
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How is the Virtual Earth roadmap doing?

With the recent release of ver 6 of the Virtual Earth API I thought It would be interesting to look back on our previous virtual earth roadmap article to see how close we were with Microsoft on delivering their updates and features. So here is a list of the features...
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How good is the new 3D toolset for virtual earth and how does it compare with Google Sketchup

First I should introduce myself as I have not Blogged on here before. My name is Chris and I am the Multi Media Developer here at Earthware. I have taken a few hours to go over what's now on offer in  the new 3D modeller for virtual earth and...
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Creating your first building in Virtual Earth 6

UPDATE: Earthware’s Vscapes product now offers 3d Building developments for our clients in Virtual Earth and Google Earth. For more details see our Vscapes virtual landscapes page for details and client stories. As promised we have put together a quick video tutorial for creating your first building in...
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First impressions of Microsoft / Dassault Systemes 3d modeling tool for Virtual Earth

UPDATE: Earthware’s Vscapes product now offers 3d Building developments for our clients in Virtual Earth / 3dVia and Google Earth. For more details see our Vscapes virtual landscapes page for details and client stories. We have spent the morning playing with the new Virtual Earth modeling tool, see our tutorial...
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Microsoft Virtual Earth Version 6 has custom 3d model support!

Microsoft have today release Virtual Earth 6, at least on the http://local.live.com site that is. You can read the full details here but here is a summary of the new features for 3d modeling: What's supported Support for creating you own 3d models using a standalone tool...
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Mapping Gimmick or Gold Dust

The following is an editorial we have put together for a property construction/engineering magazine discussing the value of mapping to the property industry.  We thought it might be an interesting read ... Will the emergence of freely available satellite and aerial imagery down to street level revolutionise the property...
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Google pips MS to the post for streetside views!

Right now Virtual Earth's USP is its amazing 'birds eye' views. It looked like the gap between Google Maps and Virtual Earth imagary was only going to get bigger when MS started talking about 'street side' views where you could actually see a street as if you were standing in...
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Microsoft Virtual Earth Partners™ Day

I spent the entire day yesterday at Microsoft's Thames Valley campus for the Virtual Earth partners day yesterday, and boy do they have some exciting features coming our way! As Virtual Earth is such a young product there are few concrete details on the internet about many aspects including roadmaps...
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Ready, steady.... Map!

The last few months have really felt like a race but at last we have made it, to the start line! Day jobs have now ended, endless paperwork has been completed, many sleepless nights experienced and lots of work has taken place into the wee hours of the morning but...
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Examples of how to use Google Earth video footage

As part of the work to setup our new site demos we have been working on some sample video footage using Google Earth video. These demos show the kind of things that are possible with Google Earth, and how you can use video to effectively put your message across to...
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Microsoft Virtual Earth 3d (beta) released

UPDATE: Earthware's Vscapes product now offers 3d Building developments for our clients in Virtual Earth and Google Earth. For more details see our Vscapes virtual landscapes page for details and client stories.  Microsoft have today released a Google Earth competitor called Virtual Earth 3d. Extending on their already existing...
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Example HIDef Google Earth video output

As I mentioned in previous blogs, companies are now starting to realize the effectiveness of using video footage from Google Earth for there multimedia projects as the recent British Airways uk ad campaign show. I recently found some great footage showing what is possible on Garry Grims blog, for example...
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Dubai is so out of date on all the mapping solutions!

Dubai is undergoing what could be called some 'serious' development work in the last few years. They are building entire new islands in a variety of funky shapes for the mega rich to buy holiday homes on. A downside of this is that the geographical layout changes very quickly, too...
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New Google Earth 4 Beta features, including timeline!

A few days late in blogging this, mostly because Ive been coming up with uses for the new features that we can offer our clients. Googles latest release of Google Earth 4 Beta offers some great new inovative features: Timelines - allowing points, images and 3d models to be shown...
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New Virtual Earth Features Launched

Microsoft have launched the latest version of Virtual Earth on http://local.live.com. Along with a bit of a redesign they have added some really neat drawing features. You can now easily draw areas and routes that could be used by businesses to show all kinds of things like...
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