Archive for April, 2006

SketchUp is amazing! (and get a crude Trig Model)

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Just a very quick note to say Thanks to Google for makeing Sketchup free. (how could they not). I have even managed (a very Crude) model of a trig pillar; Toot Hill in Wiltshire, also demonstrating the easy intergration with Google Earth. Anyway see my models here in 3D warehouse. (if you do want to see in Google Earth, then I recommend this kmz, as the one from 3D warehouse doesn’t have the view set very well).

Location Linking to Google Earth

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

I found an interesting hidden feature today, you can link to Google Earth by location, by using a little re-director on Google Maps, this works for postcodes, addresses, and even coordinates. Of course its quite easy to write such a re-director and I use one, but using Google’s should be more robust. Found via the Google Toolbar button ;)

Update: Experimenting with this it seems you can also manually invoke the non slick interface in Google Maps. (so, so far can found js, kml, and html do something different to normal maps interface)

Update2: over on woowoowoo‘s blog, theres an excellent idea for a bookmarklet to utalise this trick (it seems it work’s on all countries and even for directions!). I have also extended (just add to your favorites/bookmarks) said link to work without having to click ‘link to this map first’.

Downloads from nearby

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

Slightly fearing for my bandwidth ;) I have put up a page listing a few of the downloads available from The list is likly to grow as I tidy up more of the data held around this site….

Google Dables RSS feeds…

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

I don’t know how many, if any, keep an eye on the Google Dables page, but you can now you can now subscribe to the RSS feed! It is also available in a number of other formats, see the Google Dables page for more info.