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Add your own 3D data to Google Earth

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Add your own 3D data to Google Earth

Take 3D drawings and data (WoW, Second Life, etc..) and plop them inside Google Earth – “Maya2GoogleEarth is an open-source, cross-platform tool developed at Eyebeam for exporting 3D models from Maya into Google Earth. Once installed, it allows you to export 3D models from within your scene as a single Google Earth Placemark (KML) file. The project was inspired by the Open GL extraction utility OGLE which can extract 3D data from openGL programs like Google Earth. We thought that it would be fun to be able to take the extracted 3D data, remix and add to it and then load it back into Google Earth.” Link.

2 thoughts on “Add your own 3D data to Google Earth

  1. PaulZ says:

    Warning…Junk software:

    The OpenGl Extractor, in conjunction with the “Eyebeam” solution, is one of those ‘half-ass’ programs that barely/rarely work, and require a relatively distracting set-up and maintainance.

    Don’t bother writing Eyebeam either, if they even bother to respond, you’ll be treated like a fool if you ask them why it barely works. (Shoot the messenger/duck the issue type attitude.)

    It’s a sloppy compile, barely works, and only on about 10% of the systems we tried it on.

    (We’re being generous!)

    It also has a very suspicious function… more on this when we know (or care) more.

    There’s much better “real” software out there for ripping Google Earth… and more coming very soon. Seek and you shall find.

    3D Ripper DX works much better for this, and they actually answer support questions and Emails without a condescending “We’re smarter than you idiots” tone, or “you must be a moron if you can’t get this to work… it works great for us!”

    Blender can also do this… (the process is much more straighforward) and again their

    support is also professional and in depth.

    Additionally, I’m aware of at least two programs in the pipeline which will make this junk software a non-issue.

    Eyebeam/OGLE: Should stick to making their “Dungeons and dragons” nerd figure toys, leave the real development to someone who knows how to actually make a program that works as advertised every time, for everyone, not just 3% and “everyone else must be a moron”.

    (What reality do you expect from the “foam sword and dragon” crowd??! haha)

    I’d love to be able to start a whole blog to pat myself on the back, for doing 3% work!!!

    Must be nice!


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