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Google Earth Lessons Blog » Nice while it lasted…

Google Earth Lessons Blog

An Educational Resource for Teachers

Nice while it lasted…

Filed under: General — GELessons Blog Admin at 2:15 pm on Saturday, September 22, 2007

Things are really busy at the school lately so I didn’t have time to look at the changes in the latest version of Google Earth (4.2.0198) but they apparently wrote out the ability to call the Windows Media Player from within balloons. This means we are stuck with only displaying Flash content which severely limits the multimedia abilities that Google Earth had for a short while. Why did they write it out? Maybe to stick it to Microsoft, maybe because it was unstable, who knows.

I personally am very disappointed and hope that the Google Earth development team finds some other way for users to create multimedia enabled balloons for the wide range of content available on the internet that is not in Flash swf or flv format.

In the meantime, it means that you have to have full control over your content so that you can convert it to the Flash formats. As a teacher with too much to do already, I think most teachers won’t go to the trouble of finding a free, or buying a bunch of converters. Those that do deserve commendation for going above and beyond!

Again, let’s hope Google sees the value of incorporating a divergent range of multimedia formats within balloons and gives us back the ability to take Google Earth forward.

Thanks to Lars in Denmark for making me aware of the sad change.

David

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