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Update On GooPs – Real-Time GPS Tracking In Google Earth

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.

2. Before, GooPs was donationware; now there is a fully free version, and Plus/Pro versions that offer more features for $9.95 and $19.95 respectively. Here’s the features chart from the website:

  GooPs Free GooPs Plus GooPs Pro
Fast real-time tracking * * *
Remote Tracking Two vehicles Five vehicles Unlimited
SpeedTrack   * *
AutoView   Pre-configured Fully Configurable
Classic 3D Cursors * * *
Image Cursors * * *
Lifelike 3D Model Cursors     *
Real-time tracks * * *
TimeStamps   * *
PointMarkers     *
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.

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3 Responses to “Update On GooPs – Real-Time GPS Tracking In Google Earth”

  1. 1 Gennaro

    I am after clearer and recent images from my google earth. Please tell me how I can achieve this?

  2. 2 Leszek Pawlowicz

    What you see in Google Earth is all that you can get from Google Earth; the program provides the most recent and clear images that it has available. If you want better imagery, you’ll have to pay for it.

  3. 3 Jens Mueller

    I am looking for someone who can help me with software design of a system whereby many GPS transmitters that move in our computer boxes within New Zealand, can be seen by our clients as breadcrumb trails on a Google map. Some money available. Thanks.

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