Can I drop a model of the Burj Khalifa into downtown Los Angeles in Google Earth anymore?
This is only for fun, I’ve done it in the past, but coming back to Google products to give Google another try, they’re still complicated and don’t do what they used to do.
Several versions ago, I could grab a piece of map from Google Earth, say, downtown Los Angeles. I could open that piece of map up in Google Sketchup, and add buildings from 3D warehouse, say, I could add the Burj Khalifa and the Empire State Building, and every building in Hong Kong – I could add them in what I could tell were vacant lots and parking lots.
Then I could upload back to Google Earth. My local copy would think for a moment, and re-render downtown los angeles, and now downtown LA’s tallest buildign was the Burj. Also all the buildings in China, and other buildings I liked.
It was using Google Earth and Google Sketchup to make fantasy downtowns It did not show up in the “official” Google earth, mjeaning, all of you couldn’t see that the Burj was now suddenly in LA and not Dubai. Just could only see it on my local copy.
This is a hobby / pass the time / just for fun thing I did for several years.
How can I do it now. Everything has changed and I can’t just download a section of a map from Google Earth into Sketchup, add a buinch of buildings, and then re-upload to my copy of Google Earth.