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Overlay Google Maps, Windows Live, Yahoo, and OpenStreetMap Imagery In Google Earth

The Map overlays for Google Earth site (link fixed – sorry about that) lets you select a source of imagery (Google, Yahoo,, Windows Live, OpenStreetMap), and create a KML file that overlays that imagery onto the terrain in Google Earth, with definable transparency. Note: leave the lat/long offset values at 0; these values let you offset the imagery to correct for minor errors in position, not set the initial view position. You can also download a KML file with links to all the imagery, and select the source by checking the appropriate box in the Google Earth pane. Here’s Google Maps’ terrain view in Google Earth:

Google Maps terrain view in Google Earth

Warning: requires large and ever-increasing amounts of system memory (I wouldn’t try it with less than 2GB), will stress your CPU heavily, and loading in full-resolution imagery at high zoom levels can take a long time.

The maker of this tool also has a free software program called GMaps for Java J2ME-enabled mobile phones that displays imagery from Yahoo! Maps, Windows Live Local (MSN Virtual Earth),, Open Street Map and other sources, and interfaces to internal/external GPS receivers.

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4 Responses to “Overlay Google Maps, Windows Live, Yahoo, and OpenStreetMap Imagery In Google Earth”

  1. 1 Matt Giger

    You describe it, but don’t link to the actual KML generator or even say what it’s name is.

  2. 2 Matt

    I think this is the website described in the article.

  3. 3 Henri Willox

    Matt, check this :o)

  4. 4 Bull

    I’m pretty sure that app or the use of kml’s created from it it violates a lot of terms of use/service.

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