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Re: The Next Dimension of Google Maps - Official Post

Google Craig Jun 6, 2012 1:07 PM
Posted in group: 3D Modeling for Google Earth & Maps
Hi Peterg, 

I understand this news is coming as a shock to many of you, so we tried to detail what we could in the above announcement. That being said we're here to answer whatever questions we can.

No, not all models made in SketchUp will disappear. Only the 3D models (SketchUp and Building Maker) that are located in the selected cities in Google Earth will be replaced with the 3D imagery models.

Right now, Google Earth on mobile devices will replace the 3D Buildings in select areas when it is release later this summer. We believe that mobile access, on tablets and mobile devices, is becoming more important every day. Here's the official word:

Why is this only available on mobile? Will auto-generated buildings be available on Earth for desktop in the future?
Increasingly, users want to access information - be it text or geographical - while on the go. We’re excited to soon offer these 3D cities and tours on Google Earth for mobiles and tablets. We’re working to provide a consistent user experience across both mobile and desktop, and hope to announce a desktop version as soon as possible.

I hope that helps answer your questions.


    - CraigD

On Wednesday, June 6, 2012 1:39:24 PM UTC-6, peterg/gipuzkoa3d wrote:
Hola Craig

Despues de leer tu post, me surgen algunas dudas..

¿ Esto quiere decir que todos modelos hechos en sketchup y aceptados
en la capa 0 van a desparecer de google earth ?

¿ Los modelos importantes se conservan en Google Earth ?  ¿ pero
desaparecen en los dispositivos móviles....?

¿ el cambio que anuncias,  solo significa una diferencia entre
y pc de escritorio ?

Me parece entender que..

¿solo en dispositivos móviles desparecen los modelos creados por
nosotros ?

esperando más información te envío un saludo...



On 6 jun, 20:06, CraigD - Google <> wrote:
> *Today, we provided a preview<>of some changes that are coming to the 3D landscape in Google Earth,
> starting on mobile devices. Later this summer, we’ll unveil a new way of
> displaying 3D buildings on Google Earth for mobile, achieved by building
> complete cityscapes from the 45-degree aerial imagery used in Google Maps
> and Building Maker.
> One of the biggest challenges in showing 3D buildings in Google Earth has
> been gathering complete 3D coverage to represent the real world seamlessly
> and consistently. For example, many areas in Google Earth have specific
> buildings and landmarks in 3D where they are available, but the surrounding
> area is flattened out and only available in two dimensions.
> New imagery rendering and computer vision techniques now allow us to create
> an accurate and comprehensive 3D representation of entire metropolitan
> areas. But we recognize this impacts our amazing geo modeling community. In
> the select areas where it will launch, the 3D Buildings layer on mobile and
> tablet devices will display only the new automatically generated 3D
> imagery. Manually modeled 3D buildings from both our users and own team
> will continue to appear everywhere else, as well as on desktop versions of
> Google Earth for now. As we expand our ability to provide comprehensive 3D
> buildings and terrain for entire cities and regions, we know this raises
> questions for anyone who has modeled for Google Earth.
> What is going to happen to the buildings in Google Earth that I’ve modeled?
> When we release the new 3D imagery in select regions later this summer, any
> models you’ve previously created in the areas covered by the new 3D imagery
> will no longer appear in Google Earth for mobile. Your models will remain
> available in the 3D Warehouse and continue to inform the 3D models in
> Google Maps<>
> .
> What about Building Maker models?
> Building Maker is a useful tool irregardless of the eligibility for those
> models to appear in the 3D Building layer in Google Earth. It's a great way
> to start a dimensionally accurate, aerially textured model for SketchUp,
> and useful for creating context models for SketchUp scenes. Building Maker
> will continue to be available for these purposes.
> What about SketchUp models?
> In the regions where the new 3D imagery is available, we will no longer
> publish the 3D Buildings layer in Google Earth for mobile. However, we
> anticipate that there will be many parts of the globe that will take some
> time to expand to with this new type of 3D imagery, or never be able to
> reach at all. In those regions, user contributed models will still be
> important for providing a complete picture of the 3D landscape. User
> contributed 3D buildings may also continue to help inform the 3D buildings
> on Maps<>
> .
> Why is my model being replaced by something with less geometric detail?
> In some cases, the close-up work done by individual modelers may be more
> detailed than the current model created by the new 3D imagery techniques.
> Those detailed and beautifully textured models will of course continue to
> be available in the 3D Warehouse, and we appreciate you letting us share
> your model in Google Earth to date to provide a representation of the world
> in three dimensions.
> However, using aerial imagery to create 3D models enables us to keep these
> 3D versions of the world more accurate and up-to-date than is possible with
> manually created models. In addition, the new 3D buildings and terrain are
> all generated from the same high resolution aerial imagery, enabling
> precise alignment of the new models and a seamless 3D experience across an
> entire area. In an effort to create an accurate, consistent, and more
> complete 3D representation of the Earth, we are replacing all existing
> models with the new 3D imagery and will continue working to improve them
> over time.
> WiIl I still be able to submit buildings to Google Earth?
> We are thrilled by the commitment shown by users contributing 3D buildings
> to Google Earth, and hope to continue working with these modelers from all
> over the world to accurately and realistically represent areas where the
> new 3D models are not able to be created. We encourage you to submit your
> models for areas where we have not released new 3D imagery.
> How will I know if my models are going to be affected?
> We are currently exploring ways to inform you about changes to the places
> where your model appears.
> So what does this mean for the future of 3D in Google Earth?
> As mentioned above, there are many areas that will remain unaffected by the
> initial release of new 3D imagery on Google Earth for mobile, and will
> continue to display user contributed 3D models. For modelers who would
> still like to publish SketchUp models for clients, you can create your own
> instance of Google Earth via the plugin using the Google Earth API<>,
> which enables you to publish 3D content on the web to share with clients or
> the general public.
> Our goal remains to create an accurate, consistent and comprehensive 3D
> representation of the Earth. With 3D imagery in its infancy, we can’t truly
> see what the future holds; but the one constant in this fast-paced,
> high-tech world is change, and further improvements are ahead. *