Google has launched new creative tools that will allow anyone to create their discoveries about places on Earth. After creating them, they can share their projects with friends, students or coworkers who can they can view it on their phones, tablet or laptop. Creators can also invite others to collaborate and co-author projects. The tools are an extension of the Voyager programme it launched two years ago. The programme allowed storytellers like NASA to infuse the ‘globe’ with stories.
‘With creation tools in Google Earth, you can draw your own placemarks, lines and shapes, then attach your own custom text, images, and videos to these locations. You can organize your story into a narrative and collaborate with others. And when you’ve finished your story, you can share it with others. By clicking the new ‘Present’ button, your audience will be able to fly from place to place in your custom-made Google Earth narrative,’ the company said in a statement.
For example, if you went to Las Vegas and want to share how you spent an evening there, you can do it by creating a project on Google Earth. Let’s assume that you start from one end of the famous Las Vegas Strip and walked all the way to the other end. During that walk you tried out several cafes and restaurants on the strip, and now you want to share your experience, the path you chose and the restaurants you visited.
The tools will allow you to mark places by adding placemarks, lines or shapes to the map as guidelines for others. You can choose from the icon palette or style with custom colours to jazz up the project. If you liked a specific food joint during your bar-hopping, you can either choose a photo from the Google Street View or upload your own to show details about that place. The same can be done with multiple spots and create the whole project.