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Using Google Earth as a Panorama Viewer

By September 6, 2006 One Comment

*Edit – Kmz link now fixed – *

While capturing screengrabs for our tutorial on creating panoramas from Google Earth we got thinking that you could use the Earth itself as a panoramic image viewer.

All of our panoramas on the blog cover a 360×180 degree field of view – ie a sphere. By adding a new Google Earth overlay you can load a panoramic image and wrap it around the globe, thus allowing you to use the Earth as a viewer.

As its Google Earth you can then add placemarks to navigate to buildings of interest, in our case the Swiss Re and Lloyds buildings in the City of London.

Of course this is not all that practical, but it works… To try it out yourself download our kmz file and take a look at the panorama of the City of London, or edit the image path and load up your own panoramic view…

Thoughts or comments are as ever welcome.


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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