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"[url="http://"http://www.3dnature.com/"]3D Nature[/url] has just announced a Google Earth KML/KMZ Exporter for Scene Express.

Scene
Express now includes a new exporter for creating landscapes in KML/KMZ
format for use in Google Earth, or other KML-compliant applications
like ESRI's ArcGIS Explorer. Export landcover textures including roads,
orthophotos, foliage, 3D structures, water and other landscape elements
from any WCS/VNS scene straight to Google Earth for viewing within an
interactive 3D planet environment. Adding KML/KMZ support to the
powerful landscape creation tools already found in Scene Express makes
creating Google Earth scenes from existing projects as easy as clicking
Export.

3D Nature Vice President of Research and Development
Chris Hanson said, ""Google Earth has brought 3D terrain visualization
to everyman, broadening the exposure of our entire industry along the
way. Making our tools support KML is only natural. While KML is not
suitable for all projects, it dovetails nicely with our other
capabilities ensuring access to the right tool for almost any job. For
environments that require integration into a 3D globe, use Google
Earth. For smaller and more detailed areas, use NatureView Express. The
great thing is we have one toolset that can produce the same scene in
both viewers from one GIS or CAD dataset.""

The official press release can be found [url="http://"http://www.3dnature.com/kml.html"]here[/url]. "
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Doesn't
it follow that as more people/companies support a file format - the
more penetration in the marketplace the product has. Just look at
Acrobat.

I bring this up in relation the current crop of
geobrowsers (Worldwind, GE, Windows live local, ArcExplorer (AGX),
etc.) and the race for market capitalization. If 3DNature supports KML
export and if AGX supports KML import - then you could possibly load
3DN scenes into AGX (not that you would ever want to...), but it
illustrates the power of the file format.

It is a wonder that
a HUGE geospatial company with a near-monopoly on geospatial software
(and has been in the business for nearly 30 years) didn't come-up with
this.

Long live the KML/KMZ.

co-cartographic creator of boringmaps.com





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