With Autodesk's removing Google functionality and adding Bing related processes, I think it's safe to say there won't be any progress in the future.
If you were to consider alternatives, MapWorks Base contains GE (KML) Import/Export, Image processing and more.
Looks like autodesk will continue to lag behind those dam compedative free Open Source types;
You can generate very hand Geotiffs of google, bing and OSM from QGIS usually they import back into civil/map OK
hi everyone. i'm still reading most of the comments here in dicussion. but i cannot find my answer. do they have a replacement / extension maybe for Google Earth in Civil 3D 2013?
hope i can find an answer.
We have finally resigned ourselves to the fact that Autodesk and Google are no better at resolving issues than the people running our government. We now obtain all our images from the Seamless Images on the USGS web site. If you are in need of rectified aerials, at higher resolution, I would try contacting your state highway department and see if you can gain access to their aerial photography. Once you use the seamless server a few times you become proficent. Although it is not as speedy a process to query images, the flip side is you no longer have to worry about the "Google Police".It also has eliminated any need for us to purchase Google Pro. We have five seats of Civil 3D. Their loss. I'm busy and do not have the time or energy to play games with software companies.
I wouldn't agree more with Elaine!
Fortunately we have USGS. I'd rather connect to one of the below National Map services:
My favourite is the USGSImageryOnly:
Also, since I need want to create offline imagery mosaics, I use the Plex.Earth 3 plugin (I think it's created by Lambros here in the forum).
Do you mean with Plex.Earth?
When you open AutoCAD and go to the "Plex.Earth 3" ribbon tab.
First you have to select your coordinate system ("Select Zone and units" button)
Then click "Zoom Area" command in the "Map Explorer" pane and press space.
A dialog ("Choose map template") opens, go to the "Countries" tab and in the USA group choose, for example, "USGS Imagery Base Map" and click OK.
If everything's OK, the map explorer now displays your project site and you can import images or create mosaics.
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