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Earth Delivered In A Flash

David Utter
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Published: 2005-08-17

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A developer has created a Flash-based interface portal for Google Earth and MSN Virtual Earth.

The Flash Earth web site chooses Flash over AJAX for displaying the content available from Google Earth and MSN Virtual Earth in a web browser.

A developer named Paul Neave came up with the concept, according to a Nathan Weinberg post in Google Blogchannel. The site lets the user choose to view Google Earth, or MSN Virtual Earth with or without labels. Images from the chosen site can be dragged around the screen, zoomed in on or out of, and rotated as well.

"Curiousity got the better of me when I wanted to see if I could map the world in Flash," Mr. Neave writes on his site. "Thankfully Google and Microsoft had already done most of the hard work for me."

While the Earth mapping projects from the two search engines have been fun to use, maps have become a very serious strategy for the big search engine players. Local search has been forecast as the area with the most room for growth. Yahoo as well as MSN and Google have been fighting it out to develop this space.

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