Upcoming Change to Add Location

Seams that Dave runs a huge effort with his trolling…

You, as a one-hour-forum-member, managed to beat him anyway…

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I use TopoFusion for mapping / GPX work. Its relatively cheap, offers some incredible tools for routing / drawing and editing GPX files - and it has access to a ton of imagery and even some 3d data (it will download map tile sets, drop your route on it, analyze climbing data (from a GPS or from the terrain model), etc. etc.

Here is the list of imagery and data that TopoFusion has access to:

http://topofusion.com/features.php#imagery

I wonder if SKP can’t take a similar approach?

When I want to have trouble sleeping at night, this is what I think about. Fortunately, I love sleep…so…I don’t think about this :wink:

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Se iriam tirar tudo que pertencia ao Google na mudança, era melhor ter feito antes dos recursos se tornarem tão relevantes para os usuários, se falta tirar mais alguma coisa, aproveitem a oportunidade e façam agora.

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Which ttranslated (thanks, Google) becomes:
If they were going to take everything that belonged to Google in the change, it was better to have done before the resources become so relevant for the users, if they lack something to take, seize the opportunity and do it now.

Update 4/4/2017: The new data layers are now available in SU 2017. This means that Pro users will see two new layers in add location: “DigitalGlobe Satellite” and “Trimble Map”. Make users will now see a “Trimble Map” layer. Google Satellite will remain as the default layer for a few more weeks. For more info check out https://help.sketchup.com/en/geodatachange.

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Thanks for the update, Jody. I’ve just tried inserting the DigitalGlobe Satellite view for several locations. So far it looks like the terrain data is better than I’ve had from GE.

Terrain data looks good from looking at a few recent models. Sat images are lacking where I looked, although that will vary on coverage, I’m sure.

The digital Globe imagery is of really, low quality in my area. Everything is brownish, blurry and not photographed from straight above. Will the Google imagery stay? So far it’s still available to me in the layer list.

Btw, if Trimble maps where imported as vector graphics, not a bitmap, it would be incredible useful! Know I’m not really sure what it is for.

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same here.

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Unfortunately the Google Satellite imagery will not be sticking around after the May 22nd switch, they also had a fair amount of aerial photography rather than satellite as well… that’s also going away. Digital Globe doesn’t do any aerial imagery so moving forward we won’t have as pretty an image as before but the terrain data should be superior, so I’m glad to hear that it’s an observable improvement already. Keep banging on it, keep talking about it and hopefully can get clarify any and all limitations or changes to be expected moving forward.

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For me, the digital terrain data from Google and Digital Globe are identical and both equally wrong. The quality of the Digital Globe satellite imagery takes me back to when Google earth was first introduced, or even worse, the original image for the area has been taken at a very low angle and then distorted. Disappointing at a time when accurate open source geodata abounds.

Anssi

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I haven’t experimented very much but the tests I’ve done so far has the exact same results :frowning: .

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One comparison for my neighborhood…

Google:

DigitalGlobe:

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Th DG image looks much “greener”. Can it’s hue be adjusted inside SketchUp ?

That was a good thing to mention. Yes, I really hope SU are looking into the opportunity of making SU work together with Open Street Map in some way. It would really serve the interests of both SketchUp and OSM users.

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The DigitalGlobe image also seems to be an older image (not as up to date as the Google image).

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Ugh! Pretty nasty warping from treating a picture taken at a slant as if it was vertical!

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A good workaround to get detailed images is to use “Google Earth Pro” (it is free) and then export images at max resolution from that program. They even have historic map layers in some places. After I import it to SU (Use as image) the scale should be right. …But if not I would have used the free “Unique Scale Tool” extension by RubySketch.

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Of course aerial imagery can be placed into SketchUp “manually” but what we are lamenting here is that a fairly well functioning geolocation feature will be crippled.and something we expected to be developing is going to be taken back to “square one”.

Anssi

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