Google Earth API
- Google Chrome 1.0+
- Internet Explorer 6.0+
- Firefox 2.0+
- Flock 1.0+
- Safari 3.1+
- Firefox 3.0+
Examples of Applications Developed with the Google Earth API
Some examples that were developed using the Google Earth API can be found in the Google Earth API Demo Gallery. A simple example, designed to help new developers get started is Hello, Earth. The Google Earth Plug-in Driving Simulator is more complex and more fun. Another playful example is the Monster Milktruck. Beginning with the Hello, Earth example, new developers can use these examples as templates that they can alter in order to learn and to develop their own material. In each case, they will need to replace the Google Maps key in the example with their own Google Maps key in order to offer the application from their server.
The New KML Interactive Sampler is a tool for learning KML that was developed using the Google Earth API.
Exploring the Google Earth API discusses an example that displays weather information. A full-page version of this weather mashup is located at Google Earth API Flex Integration.
Idea for using the Driving Simulator for education: Have students choose directions that will take them along routes that pass specified geomorphic features. They are asked to pause the application, set the view, and capture images of the specified features for a report.
Students can use the Driving Simulator to visit and learn about cultural features as well.
Information from Google on the Google Earth API
Here's the original press release by Google: Bringing the Power of Google Earth to the Browser.
To find out how to get started with the Google Earth API, and for a short video, see What is the Google Earth API?
For more details, see Google Earth API Developers Guide.
For additional examples, see Google Earth API Examples.
Other Sources of Information
Google Earth in a Browser contains several examples that use the Google Earth API.
Frank Taylor discusses the API in the Google Earth Blog at Google Earth Mashups on a Web Page Starting Today, Google Earth Plugin Adopted Quickly, More on Google Earth Plugin API, GE License Changes, and Google Earth API Demo Gallery.
Ogle Earth discusses the API at More early adopters of the Google Earth plugin.
The Thematic Mapping Blog has information about geobrowsers in general and specific material about the Google Earth API with links to examples.
O'Reilly Radar has an article on the API at Google Earth Escapes the Client and Comes to the Browser.
EarthSwoop uses maps based on the Google Earth API to enable people to share and view collections of interesting sites around the world, rendered in 3D with the terrain layer.
Google Maps Mania discusses the API at Google Maps Using the Google Earth Browser.
Nearby.co has examples at Geograph Superlayer and playing with layers and controls. Geograph Superlayer offers links on a Google Earth API map to photographs taken throughout the UK.
Video Earth has links on a map to videos taken in many parts of the world.
Walking Highlands offers a Google Earth API map at Scotland on Virtual Highlands.
A discussion group is located at KML Developer Support: Discussions > Google Earth Browser Plugin.
On ProgrammableWeb, Kevin Farnham comments on the API at Google Earth API Opens the World to Browsers.