Tuesday, September 02, 2008

This is not the Earth you are looking for...

After spending more time than I should hacking Sky support into Maps.app on my iPod touch I'm somewhat ambivalent about the arrival of Earthscape on the App Store (via the Google Earth Blog).


This is not the Earth I was looking for...

Earthscape has poor imagery outside of the continental United States, and the current version has no KML or accelerometer support and no search capability. Right now at least it's a cool toy. I've bought a copy because I quite like cool toys and I'm sure a bunch of other people will buy it for the same reason, and as a technical demonstrator it's impressive. But as a useful tool? Not at the moment.

At which point I guess I'm still waiting for Google Earth, and Google Sky, for my iPod touch. Of course I can't yet get Google Earth in a browser on my Mac, so I might be waiting a while...