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22 de Enero 2007

Track Cruise Ships in 3D in Google Earth

Track 3D Cruise Ships in Google EarthOver a year ago, some folks at web design company Glooton in France released a cool network link that let you track cruise ships around the world from Costa Cruise Ships. Clicking on the placemarks for the ship location also shows you updated web cam photos from the ships. A couple of weeks ago, a Google Earth Community member called 'svens' posted a new version of the cruise ship tracking network link which includes 3D models to show the position of the ships, and new network links to let you track the ships as they move. He's also recently added 3D name labels on the backs of the ships (using the new 3D text capability with SketchUp 6). See the instructions in the "Cruises" folder under the network link in your "Temporary Places". And, if you click on the folder for each cruise ship you can see the web cam photos and other information (like weather, speed, position, heading, etc.). These 3D models are a little complex - so they look good. But, they also might slow down your Google Earth viewing (due to memory and graphics complexity). So, turn them off when you are done looking - you can selectively turn off the 3D models and still view the other data.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 22 de Enero 2007 a las 10:37 AM

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    At last, Svens created this, I asked him if this was possible a while ago, and here it is! Great stuff!

    Enviado por: Jacob at 23 de Enero 2007 a las 06:38 AM

    Since the source server seemed troublesome the last couple days, I had to make a few ajustments to prevent error messages.

    Since Franks remark that the model used is a bit complex, I added a choice of models. One can change the model used. These models are downloaded straight from 3dwarehouse. I'll soon add more (both more simple and more complex) models.

    Enviado por: Sven at 29 de Enero 2007 a las 07:35 PM

    I made a similar application a couple of months ago, now I translated it to English. The ships' positions are partly calculated from their projected routes.

    You can see the models by double-clicking on a logo in the list of places on the left. By single-clicking on the logo above the ship, you get information about the current route, and also a webcam image (if available).

    You can find the network link directly here: http://www.seascanner.com/kml/kfben.kml

    There's also a version for cruise ship positions in Google Maps; just click on a ship name and then on "Current position", following the link under "Posted by Sunside".

    Have fun!

    Enviado por: Sunside at 2 de Marzo 2007 a las 05:46 AM

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