A little while ago, Google announced that Google Earth Pro could be obtained for free. I am always curious for these kinds of things, so I downloaded it (here). After installing (and clicking past an anoying error) a needed a license key. But how to get it? The link on the download page referred to … the download page. After some Googleing I found this page: https://support.google.com/earth/answer/176160?hl=en. So: fill in an email address and the code GEPFREE and you’re good to go!
And in case you’re wandering what the difference is between Earth and Earth Pro, Google has the following information:
||Google Earth Pro
|Import GIS data
||ESRI .shp, MapInfo .tab
|Import addresses in bulk
||Manually Geo-locate each address
||Automatically Geo-locate up to 2500 at a time
|Import large image files
||limited to texture size
||Super Image Overlays
||Demographics, Parcels, Traffic Counts
|Create premium movies for export
||Line, Path, Polygon, Circle, 3D Path, 3D Polygon
The fact the Google has done this, also raised some questions with regard to the future of Google Earth, for example in the excellent blog post by Frank Taylor here.
Last week, for the first time ever, we experienced an interruption in the hosted feature services of ArcGIS Online. Since we only found this out after colleagues started noticing strange behavior, I looked up the services status page of ArcGIS Online and added it to my bookmarks. It’s called ArcGIS Online Health Dashboard, and it’s located here: http://status.arcgis.com/.
Even more handy is the RSS to the same information: http://status.arcgis.com/rss/all.rss. You can add this to your favorite RSS reader, such as feedly or even in your Microsoft Outlook.
By the way, since we also use our own hosted services on Amazon, the same applies for the service status of Amazon Web Services: http://status.aws.amazon.com/ (RSS to Elastic Cloud Computing in Ireland region: http://status.aws.amazon.com/rss/ec2-eu-west-1.rss)
There are some prerequisites:
- All code must use AMD-style require and define to load and create modules. Code that uses global references to Esri and/or Dojo modules is not supported.
- ArcGIS Online organization or ArcGIS for Developers account.
- JS API version 3.4 or later.
- Custom modules should define a package.json file that, at minimum, defines name and version properties.
Access the Web Optimizer here: http://jso.arcgis.com/