Saving America $329,000

Remember a few weeks ago, when Air Force one flew over downtown Manhattan escorted by a F-16 and scared the bejesus out of every New Yorker lighting nostalgic sparks of 9/11? Well, our partners at 3DVia decided to recreate the scene using Virtual Earth 3D – much less intimidating and considering they didn’t actually get…


AGI Visualizes Geo-Physics on Virtual Earth

I may have to quit my job. I want to go out on top like John Elway. Once I’ve seen everything, I don’t know what else will light a fire under me to get up in the morning. Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) has just changed my world by demonstrating how Microsoft Virtual Earth can be…

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Importing Google SketchUp Models into Microsoft Virtual Earth

With the release of trueSpace 7.6 for Virtual Earth, I’ve been pinged with questions about importing 3D objects in Microsoft Virtual Earth, developing 3D objects, supporting other platforms objects, etc., etc. Well, today, my good buddy Tom Grimes from Caligari posted a note on how to pull objects from the SketchUp Warehouse and import them…

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Virtual Earth 3D Install Issue with Windows 7

If you’ve tried installing Virtual Earth 3D on Windows 7 you may have see a little problem with the installer crashing during setup stating, “Virtual Earth 3D Install has stopped working.” CP to the rescue! As it turns out there’s an issue with the Software Quality Metrics (SQM) in Windows 7 that it doesn’t like…

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The Making of the Virtual Earth 3D Santa Tracker

As Santa heads north for his annual slumber and we’re all left with buyer’s remorse and daunting credit card bills we can now reflect on something positive: how Christmas was changed this year for the better with a 3D version of tracking Santa using Microsoft Virtual Earth. And, hey, I was stoked – I got…

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Tracking Santa in Virtual Earth 3D

As a follow up to The North Pole – A Virtual Earth Christmas Experience, the boys and I created a Santa Tracker to track Old St. Nick on his trek around the world hosted by MSNBC (direct link to application here in the case you can find it on MSNBC). As Ed Young would say,…

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New Version of 3DVia = Easy 3D Model Publishing in Virtual Earth

Helmets strapped on? For some time Microsoft has had a relationship with Dassault for publishing consumer 3D models into Virtual Earth using 3DVia. When you install the Virtual Earth 3D Managed Control you have the option of downloading 3DVia free of charge and then off you go and create models. Well, if you’ve never created…

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The North Pole – A Virtual Earth Christmas Experience

Microsoft Virtual Earth and MSNBC are changing the game this year when it comes to tracking Santa. You’ve all seen the NORAD Santa Tracker and while that’s been fun over the years, well, it has gotten a bit stale. So, a few of us here in the Virtual Earth Product Group decided it was time…

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WorldWide Telescope – New Release!

The Microsoft Research Team has released an updated version of WorldWide Telescope for free download. The new release is jammed packed with features including my favorite, 3D Solar System and Universe View (plug in your X-Box controller prior to running WWT for fully immersive 3D tranquility). If there was ever a way to grasp how…

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Ultra-Wide Screen Virtual Earth 3D

OMG. Double click to go full screen Now, THIS is how Microsoft Virtual Earth should be viewed! The Advanced Cognitive Engineering Lab at Carlton University in Ottawa, Canada, has officially forced me to strap on my helmet a little tighter, because they have just blown my mind – brain matter everywhere. I need to book…

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