This is a great link that allows you to quickly find the differences between the two internet map viewers at Download Squad
It is true that ESRI doesn’t have much competition at this point from the other large GIS companies (Intergraph and MapInfo). I am hoping that GeoMedia 6.0 Product Suite will kick their interface up to the level that their data integration has been at for a while.
Well, at least I am tieing in some space with the internet mapping…Spacecraft Tracking – Shuttle and ISS
I am definitely looking in the wrong places to read about anything other than Google Maps and Virtual Earth. Today we contemplate making the sites look better…Zmarties: Improving the UI of mapping sites using CSS
OK, I am changing topics a little bit at least… moving to Google Earth vs Google Maps. I just heard this on the This Week in Tech podcast. Check out some interesting pretty pictures at Google Earth Hacks – Lots of downloads, information and hacks for Google Earth.
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.