Yet another cool thing to do with Google Maps GoogleMania::MapBuilder::Home
The beta version of Microsoft’s Virtual Earth has gone live at http://virtualearth.msn.com/
So far, it doesn’t have the bells and whistles that Google Earth can boast, and I think that the black and white imagery doesn’t match up to Google’s color imagery. It may be that Microsoft is working on some additional unique functionality, but so far, it isn’t that impressive, given what’s already out there.
The beta is up and Microsoft has NOT caught up to Google. My three largest issues with this are, in no particualr order:
-Pulling B&W imagery
-Vector overlays on imagery are weak…i.e. too transparent
-No API (at least yet)
One nice thing might be the scratchpad if they take in the right direction.
That is it, hopefully Sue will give more thought to her description…
Microsoft’s Virtual Earth http://virtualearth.msn.com will begin its Beta on Monday. As according to the following blog it was up for a short while over the weekend, but is back down. So for those of you who hear me rambling on the podcast about this, it was being recorded during this sneak peek.
You would think that this is a blog dedicated to Google Maps with all of the entries for it. But no, it is just that the hybrid option is pretty cool. As usual, take a look at Google Maps
This is nicely tied to the upcoming moon rover that will be catching satellite imagery and elevations (along with other sensors) of the moon. I can’t wait to be able to play with lunar data
“In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor. Happy lunar surfing.”
Yes, Google Earth and Keyhole before it are wonderful things out of box, but if you are interested in getting your hands into the guts of the product take a look at NASA World Wind
As those of who are familiar with the the NationalMap know the front end can be a little slow at best. This GoogleMaps hack to include WMS shows that this front end could be greatly improved. Here is an article from Where 2.0 abouot integrating WMS into GoogleMaps … O’Reilly Radar > Where 2.0: First Steps At OGC Integration With Google Maps