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Google Earth Gripes

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Offline Homer Wilson

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Google Earth Gripes
« on: February 09, 2018, 12:40:39 PM »
Google Earth has officially abandoned the panoramio layer and with it all the photos that the users did not migrate over to their new photo service.  There are not that many google map photos, and the ones they do have for Big Bend are mainly at the major tourist areas.  They still show the locations of the old photos, and there are a lot in very remote areas.  These were quite valuable to me, for scouting potential hikes and discovering new places to explore, in Big Bend and elsewhere.

From what I can find, it appears that the move to the new photo layer is complete and any photos not moved by the user are gone forever.  There is a site https://mapsights.com/ that appears to have most of the old photos, but the interface isn't much good. Maybe the new system will make it much easier to add photos moving forwards, but for now it seems they really killed a good chunk of its functionality. 

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Offline DesertRatShorty

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Re: Google Earth Gripes
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2018, 02:09:47 PM »
I agree, that is definitely annoying. There were are some rare photos like you said like ones from the top of Sue Peaks. On the other hand, a fair number were misplaced.

On the plus side, the latest version of Google Earth has some impressive resolution. Still can't see the tips of the Mule Ear Peaks though!
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Offline Talusman

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Re: Google Earth Gripes
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2018, 02:51:59 PM »
Google Earth has officially abandoned the panoramio layer and with it all the photos that the users did not migrate over to their new photo service.  There are not that many google map photos, and the ones they do have for Big Bend are mainly at the major tourist areas.  They still show the locations of the old photos, and there are a lot in very remote areas.  These were quite valuable to me, for scouting potential hikes and discovering new places to explore, in Big Bend and elsewhere.

From what I can find, it appears that the move to the new photo layer is complete and any photos not moved by the user are gone forever.  There is a site https://mapsights.com/ that appears to have most of the old photos, but the interface isn't much good. Maybe the new system will make it much easier to add photos moving forwards, but for now it seems they really killed a good chunk of its functionality.

It's like what your thoughts were about upper Maple Canyon were before we went into it recently. I kept telling you what a beast the upper portions were, but when you saw it in person and called it "An Abyss", there was nothing on Google Earth, nor Satellite, that could prepare you for what we went into that day. It is getting where I can't trust it for any of the adventures I plan off mountain ranges or canyons.
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Offline Lance

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Re: Google Earth Gripes
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2018, 12:14:07 PM »
Google Earth has officially abandoned the panoramio layer and with it all the photos that the users did not migrate over to their new photo service.  There are not that many google map photos, and the ones they do have for Big Bend are mainly at the major tourist areas.  They still show the locations of the old photos, and there are a lot in very remote areas.  These were quite valuable to me, for scouting potential hikes and discovering new places to explore, in Big Bend and elsewhere.

From what I can find, it appears that the move to the new photo layer is complete and any photos not moved by the user are gone forever.  There is a site https://mapsights.com/ that appears to have most of the old photos, but the interface isn't much good. Maybe the new system will make it much easier to add photos moving forwards, but for now it seems they really killed a good chunk of its functionality. 
Welcome to the world of Google software products. At any time they can kill it off and be done with it. Panoramio, Picasa, Reader, and countless others. I rue the day when they try to make GE web-based instead of a stand-alone application. It could definitely happen.

Panoramio was very useful, it's a shame they got rid of it. I've used the new Google Maps Photos layer and you can only upload photos to preset markers within Google Maps. You can't tag the photo anywhere you want now like you could with Panoramio. Hopefully, they will add that functionality later, but I wouldn't count on it.

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Re: Google Earth Gripes
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2018, 12:29:28 PM »
They seem to have nuked the cool photos by SW Dayhiker, Buck, Hedgehog, etc. A real loss.

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Offline BlindWilly

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Re: Google Earth Gripes
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2018, 03:51:42 PM »
To be fair, Google let users know that they were going to do this.
I had some good photos of BBRSP that I had uploaded.
I honestly don't remember if I retained them to move them over.  I'll have to go look.
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Offline Casa Grande

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Re: Google Earth Gripes
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2018, 06:53:33 PM »
Resource diminished.  It is a pity.

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Offline presidio

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Re: Google Earth Gripes
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2018, 02:26:41 PM »
Welcome to the world of Google software products. At any time they can kill it off and be done with it. Panoramio, Picasa, Reader, and countless others. I rue the day when they try to make GE web-based instead of a stand-alone application. It could definitely happen.

Gasp! A genuine first world problem.

There was a time not so long ago when none of this technology was available, free or not, and the best (and only) available Big Bend topo was a single park-wide 130,000 scale map (that I used to hike the OML; and where a sixteenth-inch wide trail line represented almost 700' of width on the ground...nearly useless for route finding).
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Re: Google Earth Gripes
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2018, 02:58:09 PM »
Welcome to the world of Google software products. At any time they can kill it off and be done with it. Panoramio, Picasa, Reader, and countless others. I rue the day when they try to make GE web-based instead of a stand-alone application. It could definitely happen.

Gasp! A genuine first world problem.

There was a time not so long ago when none of this technology was available, free or not, and the best (and only) available Big Bend topo was a single park-wide 130,000 scale map (that I used to hike the OML; and where a sixteenth-inch wide trail line represented almost 700' of width on the ground...nearly useless for route finding).

Same here and absolutely worthless for route finding, at best good for identifying landmarks.
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