Since the new Google Earth browser plugin was released last week, I’ve been trying hard to resist the temptation to simply throw giant KML files at it 🙂 . Instead focusing on stuff which wouldn’t be practical using regular Google Earth.
Anyway, I’ve cobbled together a simple interactive animation using the API. Similar idea to my earlier (rather lame) bouncing Google Earth 3D model.
Windows only at the moment. And only tested in Firefox 2 and IE7.)
OK, it’s not very sophisticated, but the thing to note is this isn’t the Plugin running a KML time animation. Instead, its a fully scripted animation, moving a standard SketchUp model in real time. This means we can do several things which just aren’t possible in Google Earth:
- Have options to change every parameter to do with the location and physics (Just location and drop height implemented at the moment).
- Include a range of camera settings to view the animation from different frames of reference. Notably a tracking camera, and some from the point of view of the moving 3D model – very cool how well these work.
It’s a pretty flabby/messy piece of scripting at the moment, but if anyone does want re-use any part of the script please feel free.