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Matt
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Post Number: 1156
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 1:33 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I found out about this neat little feature on Live Search maps. It will render buildings and landmarks within a city in 3D. I'm familiar with Google Earth and I know it can do that too. But I think that's about all it does.

This little feature also adds the building's actual textures to the rendering.

Check it out. You only have to download a little plug in for your browser.

maps.live.com

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Mayor_sekou
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Post Number: 387
Registered: 09-2006
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 2:05 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That is an excellent find. Some cities like Manhattan and Chicago dont load but here, LA, and Philadelphia have and man they are impressive.

(Message edited by mayor_sekou on January 10, 2007)
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Wolverine
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Post Number: 257
Registered: 04-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 4:41 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Looks like they've added a few buildings over the course of a few months.

Whoever is leasing the maps to various companies has left out Chicago, but Manhattan does load.
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Aiw
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Post Number: 6121
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 9:00 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I posted the same thing back in November when it was first launched.

Your post generated more interest than mine did. :-)

https://www.atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/76017/86746.html?1162944 589
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Cman710
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Post Number: 185
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 10:34 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That's funny. I started using that feature back in November, too, but never thought to post anything. Thanks to those who have! It really is a very cool feature. For now, it looks like they have only rendered buildings more than one story, but hopefully they will expand its scope over time.
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Dougw
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Post Number: 1512
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 12:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cool stuff. I was wondering what the heck that second picture is, with the two pillars. I see Aiw makes a guess (on the other thread) that it's the MGM casino under construction, but I think it might be Motor City? Seems a little too far from the CBD to be MGM. Plus, I remember seeing those two pillars (elevator shafts) at the Motor City site for some time...
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Aiw
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Post Number: 6125
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 12:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Doug, you're right... I mislabeled it back in November.
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Jimaz
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Post Number: 1326
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 6:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A DY search claimed that no one has yet mentioned http://wikimapia.org/ . I don't think it has 3D but it looks worth bookmarking for mapsters.
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Jimaz
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Post Number: 1327
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 6:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow. http://web.archive.org/ contains only one reference to wikimapia dated Sept. 10, 2006. It shows Windsor pretty well too.
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Dougw
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Post Number: 1514
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 7:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Also on maps.live.com, it's not exactly 3D, but the 2D/"birds eye view" mode is fun to play around with as well:
CBD
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Cman710
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Post Number: 197
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 10:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes, the "bird's eye view" is great. Note that you can rotate the view four directions, too, to see anything you want from any side.
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Milwaukee
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Username: Milwaukee

Post Number: 631
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 10:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I really like the bird's eye view. I think its better than the 3D, but 3D is still cool.
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Sticks
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Post Number: 176
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 12:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That isometric view looks like something straight out of the latter SimCity games.

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