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12 de Noviembre 2006

Four New Featured Google Earth Layers

[NOTE: for the "Rumsey Historical Maps" you must be running the latest Google Earth 4 (released November 1st). Download here. Also, you may have to change the "Tools>Options>General>LanguageSettings" to "English".]

New Feature Layers in Google EarthGoogle has quietly introduced four new Featured Content Layers today. Go to the Layers on the lower left and look for "Featured Content". Open the folder and look for the new layers at the top. Each is marked with a red "New!". Here's a brief overview of the new layers:

  • Rumsey Historical Maps - This is a collection of historical maps which you can overlay over their location on Earth. If you are not running Google Earth 4, you will not see this layer. Open the folder and turn on the map that interests you. The first link shows you the locations of the different map and each description gives you a few details. You can then turn on each map and they will be overlayed in GE. The maps are "regionated" which means they will load more detail as you get closer (it also means the images are scanned at a very high resolution). I'm sure some of my mapping friends like Jonathan Crowe will be curious to see these. See Rumsey's Google blog entry about the maps.
  • Tracks4Africa - this is my favorite of the new layers. There are maps of places to go in Africa built by compiling data from GSP tracks. The layer also has lots useful information and photos. Zoom in closer to see more detail. You can read more, and buy the maps for your GPS, by going to Tracks4Africa's web site.
  • Spotlight on Africa - This is a collection of placemarks showing the flag of each country of Africa. The placemark description includes an overview of basic information of each country from the CIA World Factbook. The placemarks were developed by the National Geographic My Wonderful World campaign to help kids become more geographically aware. This is nicely done, but you can see the whole world done in a similar fashion in this collection.
  • European Space Agency - this layer shows ESA logo placemarks of different locations where a satellite photo can be viewed of that location. A small picture is in the placemark description, and a link to a page where you can see a larger picture. I am disappointed that you can't just view the larger pictures overlayed in Google Earth though.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 12 de Noviembre 2006 a las 08:13 AM

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    Fantastic! I'vwe been dying for Google to put in the South African street network. Including the excellent T4A data is certainly a step in the right direction!

    Now for automatic driving directions...

    Enviado por: Chris at 12 de Noviembre 2006 a las 03:19 PM

    I'm not seeing the historical maps in my layers, but I do see the other new ones. Am I missing something?

    Enviado por: Ben at 12 de Noviembre 2006 a las 07:06 PM


    You need to open the "Rumsey Historical Maps" folder and turn on one of the options. It is a "radio button" folder which means only one map can be viewed at a time. Or, when you are done, you can select "Turn Maps Off".

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 12 de Noviembre 2006 a las 07:24 PM

    I think you also need the newest version of Google Earth.

    Enviado por: Jo at 12 de Noviembre 2006 a las 09:58 PM

    The same for me : No "Rumsey Historical Maps",
    No folder, no radio button to turn.

    Bob, MacUser.

    Enviado por: Bob at 12 de Noviembre 2006 a las 10:35 PM

    GoogleEarthVersion : 4.0.2413 (beta)

    News :
    - Tracks4Africa
    - Spotlight on Africa
    - European Space Agency

    But no Historical maps...

    Can you show a screen capture to show us where is the folder?


    Enviado por: Bob at 13 de Noviembre 2006 a las 08:15 AM

    Had the same problem, until i changed Tools>Options>General>LanguageSettings to "English".

    Enviado por: thok at 13 de Noviembre 2006 a las 09:38 AM

    You'll need to be running the latest version of Google Earth 4 Beta (from November 1st).

    Enviado por: PenguinOpus at 13 de Noviembre 2006 a las 11:23 AM

    Thok, I have a mac version... Impossible to change the language.

    Enviado por: Bob at 13 de Noviembre 2006 a las 11:59 AM

    Doesn't work under linux, since the last linux version is 4.0.2091 :(

    Enviado por: Jonathan at 13 de Noviembre 2006 a las 06:56 PM

    Jonathan, I just checked with Google. Try downloading GE again. The Linux version was updated on November 1st as well.

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 13 de Noviembre 2006 a las 11:19 PM

    In the Mac version you have to open the "Featured Content" folder under "Layers". you will see the Rumsey Collection and much more there....Cheers.

    Enviado por: BoyTheEarthTalksTo at 14 de Noviembre 2006 a las 05:00 PM

    Stop saying to download the last version, we did that. The real problem is that it's impossible to see those historical maps because :
    - It works only with the PC version.
    - Impossible on Mac or Linux.
    - Only with English version.
    - Impossible to change language on the Mac version.
    - ...

    So, go back to work, guys, and finish the job.

    Enviado por: Bob at 14 de Noviembre 2006 a las 10:07 PM

    I just confirmed the Rumsey maps do work on the Mac (at least on my English version on a MacBook). I'm using version 4.0.2413 of GE (free version).

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 15 de Noviembre 2006 a las 07:10 PM

    The Mac version works fine on my PowerBook G4.

    I am running Tiger 10.4.8 and Google Earth 4.0.2413 (beta). Google/View/Sidebar; Layers, Core, Rumsey Historical Maps. [radio buttons].

    London in 1843 comes up beautifully.

    Thank you Google.

    Enviado por: Clive Carter at 16 de Noviembre 2006 a las 01:10 PM

    the Linux version works here.

    Enviado por: Steve at 16 de Noviembre 2006 a las 07:01 PM

    I also don't see it on a Mac, v. 4.0.2413 and in German.
    No way to change language.
    But I have:
    European Space Agency
    Spotlight on Africa

    want to have historical maps!

    Enviado por: hans Mahr at 18 de Noviembre 2006 a las 06:52 PM

    "Rumsey Historical Maps" doesn't work on my Windows XP Home Edition PC unless you are logged on with an Administrator Account!

    Enviado por: Phil at 19 de Noviembre 2006 a las 05:56 AM

    I just wish they'd spell the name of my country properly - That's "Solomon Islands" not "Soloman Islands" if anyone from Google is listening.

    Enviado por: Lee at 1 de Enero 2007 a las 11:07 PM

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