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How to import Google SketchUp Models into Microsoft Virtual Earth?

Tom Grimes from Caligari posted a note on how to pull objects from the SketchUp Warehouse and import them into trueSpace 7.6 for Virtual Earth. From trueSpace you can upload objects directly into a Live Search Maps Collection (and can be imported into a platform application using the VEMap.ImportShapeLayer Method) and indexed on the site. Alternatively, you can host the models on your own servers and import OBJ files directly into the Virtual Earth 3D Control using the JavaScript APIs (see: VEModelFormat Enumeration and VEMap.Import3DModel Method). This is the very same technique Tom and I used to create The North Pole – A Virtual Earth Christmas Experience and The Making of the Virtual Earth 3D Santa Tracker, explain Chris Pendleton.

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