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Started by Tyler, 2005-07-08T18:28:05-05:00 (Friday)

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I'm sure the cat's out of the bag, but Google Earth is a pretty amazing application that's hot right now.

I can't even imagine the code behind the scenes running the map movement.

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Retired CAOS Officer/Overachiever
SIUE Alumni Class of 2005


Bryan Grubaugh
Quickly aging alumni with too much time on his hands
Business Systems Analyst, Scripps Networks.

William Grim

Other than viewing a few kind of cool images, I couldn't find any usefulness to the product.  It looked more like a technology showcase or something.

Anyway, if I had to take a guess at the code used in the client, I'd guess it's SVG and VRML for the high altitude images and VRML, SVG, and some graphics renderer for the low altitude images.

SVG is really hard to use by hand.  It means scalable vector graphics and is a really neat standard created by the W3C that seems like a replacement for a lot of flash stuff.  Anyway, the best way to use SVG is via tools, and even the W3C says SVG wasn't really created to be used by hand.

PS: The SVG info was just an side note I had.
William Grim
IT Associate, Morgan Stanley


Like Bryan said, it's a pretty cool toy.

I can't say it's all that useful.  It's pretty cool for driving directions, because it shows the road and you can have it drive it too, so you can get a better idea how it goes.  Pretty much though, it's a cool toy.
Retired CAOS Officer/Overachiever
SIUE Alumni Class of 2005

Steve Bory

I don't see this tool being particularly useful at the moment.  However, it's really freaking cool and I can see how in the future this sort of technology could be a standard for maps.