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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

I attended the U.S. briefing today on Bentley’s new tool to export KML from MicroStation. My thoughts are covered at Directions Magazine.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/15 at 03:42 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Oracle XE is that freebie version of Oracle for students, developers and the like. When announced there was a bit of back and forth regarding whether Locator would be included. Jim Steiner of Oracle asked for input and lo and behold the community said “yes, please!”

And, while its tough to confirm the inclusion from the Oracle website for the product, a reader has confirmed not only downloading XE, including Locator, but also loading OS MasterMap into it!

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/15 at 03:31 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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
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