12 December 2012

Mining Atlas

Mining Atlas - Explore over 10'000 Mines and Projects

A nice integration of using Google Earth that allows users to explore mining activities across the planet, either use the search bar or zoom into areas using the map to find mines.

The tour feature is a good addition that zoom,pans and tilts the Google earth camera around the selected mines - tour is automatically on as default.

There are also printing and distance measurement tools (in KM) that can be used.

To experience this altas go to:


Source and thanks to Dominique Pitot

04 December 2012

Google Maps Android API v2

Google Maps Android API v2

New Features

With the new version of the Google Maps Android API, developers can utilize Google Maps to its fullest. We’ve incorporated many of the highly-requested features developers want, such as:
  • More dynamic and flexible UI designs for large screen Android devices, such as tablets, using Android Fragments
  • Adding more Google Maps layers in their apps including satellite, hybrid, terrain, traffic and now indoor maps for many major airports and shopping centers
  • The ability to create markers and info windows with less code
  • The maps in the Google Maps Android API v2 can be tilted and rotated with easy gestures, giving users the ability to adjust the map with an orientation that makes sense for them. At any zoom level, you can pan the map, or change its perspective with very little latency thanks to the smaller footprint of the vector-based map tiles. Many cities, when viewed close up, will have 3D buildings visible, as viewable in the below picture of Vancouver, Canada.

26 minute youtube video of the Google Maps v2 update: