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Sunday, 30 November 2008 23:50

Imagine my surprise when I discover that you can't embed a Virtual Earth map the way you can a Google Map.  I found a third website that lets you embed VE maps, but at the moment it's not working.  Additionally, you can embed side-by-side VE/Google maps through this site as well.

To my rescue came the KML file format that Virtual Earth allows exporting of map markers to.  All I had to do was import the feed into a custom Google map and embed it, and here's what I came up with for my New Mexico trip.

In a comparison between the two, this reviewer gives the slight edge to Virtual Earth for KML support.

On a related topic (since I want to map my photos from my recent trip), I was wondering why Google owns two photo-sharing services, Picasa and Panoramio.  From what I've gathered, Picasa is for sharing your photos, where mapping them is secondary.  Panoramio, on the other hand, is more geared toward viewing photos relevant to geographic locations throughout the world.

My head is spinning from all the options out there for sharing and geotagging photos.  Here are just the ones I've come across:

I also found a stand-alone software, GeoSetter, for encoding photos with geo-data.