From the earliest days of Google Earth, (and even back when it was still called Keyhole,) developers have wanted control over the globe to create their own 3D Earth applications. In response to this need, the Keyhole team added a COM API to the Keyhole app, to allow further customization of users’ Google Earth experience. When Keyhole became Google Earth in 2005, this API was carried over. Though we never provided much support, developers discovered the COM bindings and a few intrepid developers sorted through the vagaries of COM programming. Eventually we had a small but committed development community demanding documentation, which we released in 2007. We saw some interesting uses for the COM API, particularly by Enterprise users and broadcasters. Mostly, though, people wanted to put Earth in their web applications.
Posted by Mano Marks, Geo APIs Team
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