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Saturday, October 29, 2005

It's Like You're There!

I just finished some significant enhancements to the Google Earth integration in CommunityWalk, and, if I do say so myself, they're pretty cool!

The enhancements integrate all of the location information, including photos and comments into Google Earth so you can see all of your information from within Google Earth. The Google Earth view also now simulates the CommunityWalk view, providing an easily recognizable starting point.

A good example is the map my girlfriend made of a trip we took to Yosemite National Park with her parents. You can see the map on CommunityWalk here.

Once the map loads you can click "Share" in the bottom right corner and then "Google Earth". You must have Google Earth installed to do this, but it is a free download that you can find here.

Here is a screenshot of the map in CommunityWalk.

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Here is a screenshot of the same map in Google Earth. Notice how it looks very much the same as it looks in CommunityWalk. This is how it looks when it is first loaded.

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With some manipulation of Google Earth, though, we can see this map in a whole new way, with 3d images of Yosemite Valley to really make it come alive!

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Want to see it for yourself? Just goto the CommunityWalk Map, click "Share" in the bottom right corner, and click "Google Earth".

You might have to familiarize yourself a bit with the controls of Google Earth before you can enjoy the full experience. More information and instruction on using Google Earth can be found here.


  • Looks like there is a bug on IE that prevents the Google Earth integration from working out of the box. You need to save the file and rename it to a simple name like cw.kml and it will work. I am going to try and get this issue figured out as soon as possible.

    By Anonymous Jared, at 12:51 AM  

  • jared .. thanks had the same problem opening a .kml file, created on my mac as per kathryn kramer's instructions .. will try the shortened version .. na, something about bad root at line 2??

    By Anonymous Jason Mill, at 1:39 PM  

  • .. the error happened using MOZILLA FIREFOX on a PC in the office

    By Anonymous jason mill, at 3:08 PM  

  • Jason,

    What community are you viewing? There might be a bug that is creating bad kml output for one of the community maps that does not happen on others.

    By Anonymous jared, at 3:11 PM  

  • jared .. thanks for assistance simply required a Google Earth update .. works well .. any inside word on timeframe for Google Earth for MAC??????

    By Anonymous jason mill, at 2:07 PM  

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