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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

TenLinks Daily notes that Autodesk plans to raise prices significantly come March 23 and the official roll out of the 2007 line of products. Reports Microsol Resources, “the SRP for a standalone license of AutoCAD is going up by $250.00. For the network license of AutoCAD 2007, the increase is $495.00.”

And, as we are all hyped up on SketchUp and Bentley news related to Google Earth, Geospatial Solutions offers a review of Avatech’s tool to export KML from AutoCAD. It’s called Earth Connector.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/15 at 02:07 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Here’s a roundup of coverage outside the blogosphere:

Kidding aside, the $495-per-license software will likely be integrated with Google’s Earth product, for which @Last has already created a plug-in to allow users to build objects like buildings at street level. What’s unclear is how Google’s Earth and mapping products fit in with the company’s overall strategy.

Rachel Rosmarin, Forbes

Google, the most-used Internet search engine, is building up its Earth mapping program to attract more users and create
opportunities to show more advertising.

Rocky Mountain News

The move to buy the 3D mapping software could be tided in with further developing the Google’s mapping and direction element for users when using the service for road directions.

Theoretically, the software would allow Google to create 3-Dimension landscapes of key cities for drivers to better place themselves driving around rather than the rather flat images currently found on GPS software.

Frankly, the traditional media was far more interested in Google Mars.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/15 at 06:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Word just out that Google has acquired 3D “draw on a napkin” SketchUp software developer @Last.

Details from @Last are here.

Official Google blog announcement. (via Google Earth Blog)

At least one blogger doesn’t get it. The CAD guys don’t either. Ralph Grabowski is confused. Randall Newton noted a premonition of the acquistion. I recall thinking “acquisition” when there was all the hubub at an ESRI conference a few years ago. Google is ahead of ESRI in 3D vision, I suppose.

@Last made some splash integrating with ArcGIS, but was most recently hot due to its integration with Google Earth.

Wow, the website already says copyright Google!

Thanks to Gary Smith for the tip!

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/14 at 10:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Clearly uncomfortable with Google offering maps of Mars, several papers edited the headline to be more suitable: “Mapping tool Google March launched.” The headline, for an AP article,  ran in several Indian online papers [1, 2]

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/14 at 07:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“For example, Property Shark has a map they came up with of all the toxic waste sites in New York. If you’re just reading about it, the fact that there are 20,000 toxic waste sites in New York is important, but kind of boring. But when you’re looking at it, it’s interesting.”

Lockhart Steele, publisher of, a real estate blog in an article on the new real estate websites at

BTW, Property Shark has some intersting map technology. I believe its are powered by MapServer since the copyright reads: “Portions copyright 2005 DM Solutions.” Cool.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/14 at 07:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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