30 January 2015

Google Earth Pro now Free

Google Earth Pro now Free

30th January 2015
"Starting today, even more people will be able to access Google Earth Pro: we're making it available for free" 

Google Earth Pro builds on the amazing functionality of Google Earth with even more powerful tools. Some of the most compelling features of Earth Pro include:
  • Advanced Measurements: Measure parking lots and land developments with polygon area measure, or determine affected radius with circle measure.
  • High-resolution printing: Print Images up to 4800x3200 px resolution.
  • Exclusive Pro data layers: Demographics, parcels, and traffic count.
  • Spreadsheet Import: Ingest up to 2500 addresses at a time, assigning placemarks and style templates in bulk.
  • GIS import: Visualize ESRI shapefiles (.shp) and MapInfo (.tab) files.
Sign up Key (required for Pro Services at no cost today)

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14 January 2015

Check My Flood Risk Map

The Check My Flood Risk map from ShootHill is designed to increase awareness among the public of the likelihood of flooding from rivers or the sea, and to encourage people living and working in these areas to find out more and take appropriate action.


The map shows the Environment Agency's assessment of the likelihood of flooding from rivers and the sea across England. The information is based on the presence and effect of all flood defences, predicted flood levels, and ground levels. The data is available here under Open Government Licence V2.

Please Note: This map is intended as a general guide only. It uses open data api's, which is distributed by the Environment Agency for England.

Put a English Postcode (example SW1 1AA) and 
Categories of:

High Risk Area
Medium Risk Area
Low Risk Area
Very Low Risk Area

will appear.

* Data is for England only.