Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Street View Added to Building Maker

Google Builder Maker

Builder Maker is a Google Maps / Google Earth / Google Aerial Imagery interface to help you build 3D models for Google Earth. Now Google have also added Street View images to Google Builder Maker.

Google have added some very clever magic to Builder Maker that allows you to grab a Street View image, align it with your building and then use the image as the texture for the building. Check out the video below to see it in action:

Six new cities have also been added to Building Maker:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Florence, Italy
Vienna, Austria
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Santa Cruz, CA, United States
Riverside, CA, United States

The cities in Builder Maker all have Google's oblique aerial imagery. It is therefore a pretty good guide to which cities will have aerial views soon added to Google Maps and the Google Maps API.

Here's a little something I put together to compare Bing Maps Birds Eye view with aerial view in Google Maps:

Bird's Eye View

The application places Bing Maps' Bird's Eye View side by side with Google Maps' aerial view.

Via: Google LatLong


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