New Google Earth Imagery at the end of November


Google Earth has just rolled out some fresh imagery for us! Thanks to GEB reader ‘f00tix’ for being the first to let us know about it.



As is almost always the case, you can use Google Maps to determine for sure whether or not a specific area is fresh. This new imagery isn’t in Google Maps yet, so you can compare Earth vs. Maps to see what’s new; the fresh imagery is already in Google Earth, but the old imagery is still in Google Maps. If you compare the two side-by-side and they’re not identical, that means that you’ve found a freshly updated area in Google Earth!

[UPDATED — 26-November, 3:22pm EST]

  • China: Various areas (see comments) — thanks ‘yuanhang’
  • Croatia: Daruvar — thanks ‘Andreas’
  • France: Auch, Bergerac, Billy — thanks ‘maarten’
  • Germany: Bad Oeynhausen, Dissen am Teutoburger Wald — thanks ‘Andreas’
  • Greece: Malia — thanks ‘Andreas’
  • India: Kalyan, Navi Mumbai — thanks ‘Munden’
  • Italy: Monopoli — thanks ‘Andreas’
  • Poland: Plock, Torun, Warsaw and others — thanks ‘f00tix’
  • Romania: Mihailesti, Ploiesti — thanks ‘cristi’
  • Spain: La Puebla de Montalban — thanks ‘Andreas’
  • Sweden: Hamneda — thanks ‘Andreas’
  • United States: Arkansas (Hot Springs, Okmulgee), California (Bishop, Lancaster, Merced, Redding), Colorado (Alamosa, Breckenridge, Las Animas), Georgia (Atlanta), Idaho (Mountain Home), Kansas (Great Bend), Missouri (Springfield), New Mexico (Clayton), New York (Albany, Binghamton, Jamestown, Oneonta), Oklahoma (Bartlesville, Boise City, Goodwell, Guymon, Lawton, Oklahoma City, McAlester), Oregon (Roseburg), Pennsylvania (Altoona, Erie, Indiana, Philadelphia, Scranton), South Carolina (Lake City), Texas (Fredericksburg, Texarkana) — thanks ‘Munden’ and ‘Steven’

Building Maker just keeps getting better

It’s been a few months since we’ve talked about Building Maker, when they added the slick feature to use Street View imagery inside of the tool. Building Maker is a free set of tools Google created to make it easier for people to create photo-realistic 3D models for Google Earth. Google continues to work hard to improve the product and they’ve just announced a few nice additions:

• New cities: Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), Oslo (Norway), The Hague (The Netherlands). Also, they recently released imagery for San Antonio (Texas), Tucson (Arizona), Norfolk (Virginia), Salt Lake City (Utah).

• Expanded coverage: San Diego (California) and Portland (Oregon).


I’m particularly excited to see them expanding existing cities. Many of the building maker cities have pretty solid 3D coverage in the available area, and it can be difficult to find a available building that still needs to be be modeled. The expansions seem to be quite extensive, too — for example, the available area in San Diego appears to be more than 10x the available area in Atlanta. As Google continues to add/expand cities, the tool will only become more useful, creating a more realistic world for all of us.

Head over to the Building Maker site to try it for yourself.

Have you created any models in Building Maker lately?