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New 3D Textured Cities in Google Earth

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The GEB informs us Google updated several cities with 3D “photorealistic” textured buildings.

From the entry: “I’ve discovered the following new cities have the new 3D buildings: Chicago, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Diego, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, and Miami Beach (the last three all in Florida). Other cities already known to have the new buildings: US: San Francisco, Baltimore, Raleigh, Atlanta, Charlotte, Boston, Orlando, Austin, Oakland, Dallas, Tampa, Memphis, and Phoenix. Also, Zurich, Munich and Hamburg in Europe; and Tokyo in Japan has a smattering of 3D textured buildings. And, don’t forget Disney World in 3D.

GeoCommons Maker! Launches

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The HighEarthOrbit is proud to announce the launch of GeoCommons Maker!. From the entry: “The goal of Maker is to push the boundaries of web mapping to provide easy to use and powerful cartographic design tools along with access to a huge amount of complex geospatial data. We’ve integrated Maker into Finder!, so any interesting or datasets can be immediately dropped into a map, customized and styled. […] Another key aspect of the openness of GeoCommons is the key feature to export your maps as styled KML. This means you can build up a rich cartographic visualization, export to KML and open in something like GoogleEarth or WorldWind and retain the styling.” I only played with it a few seconds but I feel the interface is better than other similar tools.

Oracle Buys Maker of 3D Retail Software

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From CNet News : “Oracle is adding to its retail software lineup by acquiring Advanced Visual Technology, a maker of 3D space planning software for retailers. AVT, based in Hertfordshire, England, sells a product called Retail Focus, which lets retailers plan store floors and shelf space. An add-on product, called Retail Focus Merchandiser, gives retail planners a three-dimensional view of retail space that they can “walk” through virtually.”
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MetaCarta Announces Geographic Search and Referencing Platform (GSRP)

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APB discuss a press release about MetaCarta’s announcement of their Geographic Search and Referencing Platform (GSRP).

MetaCarta are behind the open source OpenLayers, TileCache, FeatureServer and more.

From APB’s analysis: “In other words, you can separately license their API’s but still have access to their geo-referencing engine. So, if you only want to use their geotagging or query parsings applications in conjunction with the underlying geo-referencing engine software developers will now be able to license them as they need them. In the past, the six modules (geotagging, query parsing, geosearch, location finder, save-search-notification, and document density) that comprised the MetaCarta platform were highly inter-related and did not work independently.

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More Geospatial Games

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Here’s recent geoblogs coverage of geospatial games to complete the ~20 previous geogames stories mentioned here.

First there’s the GEB top 10 games for Google Earth. Mapperz links to Nokia Mapter’s game.

VerySpatial links to a short entry on location-based gaming.

Less directly related to geospatial, there’s also Google’s virtual world, Lively, which stated goal is to be used as an online game platform.