Jenny Heaton Announced as Google SketchUp Competition Winner!

On Sunday 25th November local secondary school student Jenny Heaton was announced as the winner of Letchworth’s Google SketchUp competition, ‘3D_lgc’. Earthware had been a supporter and sponsor of this competition, and our Director Brian Norman a judge. Jenny’s superb model of Letchworth Train Station that won...
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5 ways to make your web mapping fly!

Over the past four years here at Earthware we have encountered a number of performance challenges when creating mapping applications on the web. We thought it might be helpful to bring together the 5 most common issues we’ve encountered, both when helping other developers or in some of our...
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Tracking Santa in Google Earth

We love this kind of thing but for today only you can track Santa delivering his presents in Google Earth. As I write at 13:15 GMT I can see him whizzing around Lae, Papua New Guinea and he is already up to 16.5 million presents delivered. There are...
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Google Maps gets 3D treatment in the form of Earth View

This week has seen a further development in global web based mapping technology with Google’s announcement that it has augmented Google Earth into Google Maps, creating a 3D rendering of certain locations when used with a supported browser. This update to Google Maps, called Earth View, enables users to...
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The Beginning of the End for the Travel Brochure?

For the past thirty years or more, the travel industry has relied upon the trusty printed brochure to wet our appetites for holidays at home and abroad. We’ve become accustomed to the idea of thumbing through acres of paper and booking our escape to the sun based on fuzzy...
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Google Street View Launched UK Wide In Commercial Property Website

Within hours of Google launching Google Street View imagery covering 99% of UK roads, Earthware has released their first implementation of the new imagery in commercial property portal NovaLoca.com. The Google Street View imagery in NovaLoca.com allows users to view commercial property in the major UK cities and...
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Google Street View Launches UK wide

Google Maps have today launched Google StreetView imagery for the entire UK and we mean the entire UK!  Nearly a quarter of a million roads across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are now available to ‘walk’ down from your computer screen. The 360 degree pictures mean you can have...
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Google takes Street View Mapping off-road

Google has announced the launch of the Google Tricycle. As the Google Street cars whiz through the larger roads of cities and towns around the world capturing 360 degree images of the area, there are some places they just can't reach. This is where the Google Tricycle will come in...
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Using Interactive Visual Media: Part 1 - 3d Virtual Tour Videos

The great thing about maps and I expect a reason why they are fast becoming the ‘must have’ thing in a website, is that they present information in a visually stimulating format and allow the user to interact with that information. Take Street Level View’s for an example whether...
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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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3d Panoramas using Google Earth

The Digitally Distributed Environments blog posted an interesting article about creating 3d Panoramas using Google Earth. I'm sure you have seen 3d panoramas before, either of the insides of buildings, or of open areas / views. This technique however produces the same effect using Google Earth's satellite imagery.(click the image...
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Useful tool for comparing mapping solutions

I found this Google Earth Network Link today on the Google Earth Forums: Map Comparision Network Link It allows you to navigate to a position in Google Earth and when you stop moving, creates a pushpin which has direct links to the same co-ordinates in Google Maps, Microsoft Virtual Earth...
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UK Cinema Film Times in Google Earth

As a taster for the demos we are working on here at Earthware.co.uk I thought I'd give you a sneak preview of one we have just finished. This network link lists all the UK cinemas and their show times in Google Earth and is updated daily. UK Cinema...
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Confused by the new Google Earth 4 gui?

Those of you who have downloaded and tried Googles latest beta release of Google Earth will notice it's had a large redesign of its look and feel. Today I found a very helpful resource that details the new user interface so I thought I'd share it here (click below to...
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New Google Earth 4 Beta released

Google have released an updated beta to Google Earth for mac, windows and linux. The new version has these fixes: Language selection can now be done from the Options/Preferences under the "General" tab. Choices are English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German. You can now choose which way the mouse-wheel...
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