Discussion in 'Techforge' started by Grammour Boy, Jan 6, 2007.
Meet Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D Beta!
Pretty nice, but the maps of the parts of the country I'm looking at are very outdated.
I'm really digging the actual skewed angles. The birds-eye-view of my area is the same old, outdated one that Google Earth uses. And when I want to skew it in Google Earth, it just looks weird. But this Microsoft one has pictures taken from four different directions at an angle, and looks really good.
A couple downsides: Load times. 3D doesn't work with Firefox. Doesn't realize that a street near my house dead-ends. Probably stole its maps from Mapquest, because so many people get lost using Mapquest directions but not Google Maps/Earth. When I double click, it doesn't actually look like it's centering. Also, it doesn't have that cool "click and throw" feature that Google Earth has.
Now to test it in IE7 to see if the 3D feature is any better than Google Earth's.
Surprise, surprise, it doesn't work at all with Firefox.
It works with Firefox, but some features aren't available. You must have done something wrong.
Oh God, these are outdated. Most of the factories at the complex I work at aren't demolished in these photos.
OH MY GOD THEY EVEN HAVE THE WHALE MURALS IN DETROIT!!!
Weird. Seems like there are more buildings in Detroit than there are in Manhattan or LA...
OK, that was a stupid waste of time. Took me 30 fucking minutes to download everything necessary to run that thing in 3D. First it had me download one thing, then it made me download another, and then another. I guess I only have myself to blame for not having .NET 2.0.
But yeah, the 3D isn't any better than Google Earth's. In fact, it's worse because it lags a lot. It also looked really stupid when it tried to take satellite images and stretch them around 3D structures. And they called the skewed view "birds-eye-view" instead of the actual looking straight down view. I'll stick with Google Earth.
Don't insult things that suck that way.
I'll stick with Google Earth. You can fix the buildings in Google Earth, with Google Sketchup.
That's why I downloaded Google Sketchup!!!
It's been sitting on my fucking desktop forever, and I've only used it once. I forgot that was one of its features...
Yep, it still shows the Red Barn that went down two and a half years ago.
Are the Twin Towers still on there?
No, someone flew a plane into them.
High res imagery of parts of NI (belfast etc) that Gooogle earth has, this doesn't have.
Trying to use 3d mode tells me to use IE. Of course it would, MS trying to force use of their own browser. They can suck my cock.
Wow! Looks good.
I looked up my best friend's house...the satellite image shows MY car (indicated with an arrow) parked in front!
I hope you were not visiting his wife while he was away or else your busted now!
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