In a move intended to boost the three dimensional content available via Live Search Maps and Virtual Earth, Microsoft has introduced the Virtual Earth Gallery Contest. Designed as an area of the Caligari (trueSpace) 3D Authoring and Collaboration website, Virtual Earth Gallery is set up to centralize 3D work in exchange for the possibility of winning a prize.
“We've setup a monthly trueSpace / Virtual Earth integration contest to up the ante, as it were. We hope to see some really cool 3D models uploaded into Live Search Maps as a part of this effort. The movie above was submitted by Stephen May, our first winner (August, 2008) whose "Wizitch Tower" model is a beautiful addition to Live Search Maps' Collections and placed quite nicely in Christchurch, New Zealand,” revealed Chris Pendleton, Virtual Earth Tech Evangelist, Microsoft Live Search.
You can register and download trueSpace 7.6 for free. In addition the Caligari team has improved some of their own documentation explaining Windows Live ID and some finer details about the integration with a Virtual Earth and trueSpace primer.