US: Mapping technology company, Esri has launched a free, desktop-based interactive globe called ArcGIS Earth that will allow users to explore the world and work with a variety of 3D and 2D map data formats that include Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files. This also allows users to quickly display data on the globe, sketch place marks, measure distances and areas, and add annotations to easily understand spatial information.
Customers are using 3D maps to visualize plans and conditions, understand the behavior and aesthetics of proposed development, and communicate ideas in the context of real-world imagery and data. ArcGIS Earth allows users to examine interrelationships of assets in 3D, report project status, and present work to stakeholders or clients in a compelling and interactive experience.
"ArcGIS Earth is a revolutionary desktop application that offers GIS to the world," said Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri. "It supports spatial data formats and workflows that are familiar to your enterprise, he said.