Monday, January 29, 2007

Floor Plans on Google Earth

Recently, an out of town customer was was interested in City Side Lofts, a condominium project in downtown Boise. One challenge was that it was difficult to communicate how the units are laid out, which way the windows face, and what the different views might be. Our solution was to superimpose the floor plans onto Google Earth.

Click here to download the result. Once opened in Google Earth, click and unclick the various folders to see the floor plan for each level.

Combine this with the web cam, and you have a good idea of how the building is put together.

If you have a similar request, I am happy to help!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Touring Homes with Earth Point

When working with clients, I use MS Word or NotePad to keep lists of the MLS numbers we have looked at or are interested in.

To organize the lists, I put a short description at the beginning of each line. The MLS numbers follow, separated by commas. Like this:

Jan 12 looked at: 98280903, 98277414, 98281328
Jan 22 preparation: 98283878, 98280321, 98284890, 98259765

From there it is a simple matter to display the listings on Google Earth. I "copy" a row of MLS Numbers into the clipboard and "paste" it into the MLS Number(s) field on the Earth Point home page.

Download to Google Earth, and there are the listings. I can even take my laptop on tour and use Google Earth to navigate from house to house. Of course, someone else has to drive!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

"Year Built" added to search critera

"Year Built" was added at the request of one of our users. Thanks for the input!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Updated Mapping Files

The county mapping files have been updated, which means that the newest addresses and subdivisions can be mapped onto Google Earth. Earth Point gets new mapping data every few months. For the current set, Ada County data was published December 28, 2006. Canyon County data was published January 11, 2007.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Two web cams added

City Side Lofts and Royal Plaza are condominiums under construction in downtown Boise. You can download Boise and Caldwell area web cams from the Around Town page.