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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!
I roamed and rambled, and I foller'ed my footsteps
   To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
   And all around me a voice was a'sounding
   This land was made for you and me

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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.
"To Think is easy. To Act is difficult. To Act as one Thinks is the most difficult!"

 


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