A while back, I posted on GooPs, one of a number of options to feed GPS data directly to the free version of Google Earth, lessening the need to spend $20 on Google Earth Plus, while getting fewer features. Today, a Google Earth Blog post indicates that GooPs has gone through some recent updates and changes.
1. A new website for GooPs.
|GooPs Free||GooPs Plus||GooPs Pro|
|Fast real-time tracking||*||*||*|
|Remote Tracking||Two vehicles||Five vehicles||Unlimited|
|Classic 3D Cursors||*||*||*|
|Lifelike 3D Model Cursors||*|
|Record/Playback NMEA Log||*|
|Native Google Earth View Control||*||*||*|
|Integrated FTP Client||*||*||*|
|Save trip to Google Earth||*||*||*|
The integrated FTP client is especially cool – if you have a live Internet connection, you can continuously upload your position to a “live” link, letting others track your live position in Google Earth. DestinSharks had done that as part of a weekend boating run.
Functionally, the program doesn’t seem to have added any major features since I last posted about it (except maybe your choice of 3D cursors). Still, it’s one of the best free options, and the paid versions are cheap and offer useful additional features.