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Has anyone found a way to add Google Earth imagery to ArcMap 10? Currently, to view dynamic imagery in Arc I select File > Add Data > Add Basemap > Bing Maps Aerial. I'm convinced that Google Earth imagery is superior to Bing imagery--thus the need to always switch over to Google Earth to validate data I'm working with. Over a year ago, a GISse member mentioned Arc2Earth was the only way to do accomplish this (04/2011 thread). Another somewhat convoluted approach is described here. Has there been any progress over the last year in bringing Google Earth imagery to ArcGIS? Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

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what country / area is your project in? –  Geoist Jul 13 '12 at 21:25
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curious why the current Arc2Earth solution is not an option? It now supports layout view and projections, and the monthly subscription price ($49/m US) is reasonable for small or large projects. more info: arc2earth.com/services/data-services –  bFlood Jul 16 '12 at 13:17
    
OpenStreetMap live tiles can be loaded via the LPK references - arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=79fbdd5b4fbc47da842948b255276893 –  Mapperz Jul 16 '12 at 13:23
    
@Mapperz - I think OP may be looking for the google satellite view. –  Brad Nesom Jul 16 '12 at 14:10
    
go here for information you need [forums.arcgis.com/threads/… –  keheo Nov 22 '13 at 2:09
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I agree Google's imagery is better than Bing's in many cases. I also think the answer is correct, that you can't use Google's imagery inside ArcGIS and probably won't be able to - ever. If you're in Minnesota, we've taken a stab at this problem by setting up a "Composite Imagery Service": http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/chouse/wms/composite_image.html

It is very "Google-like" in that it provides a single layer image service that automatically switches to an appropriate set of air photos or satellite imagery depending on the scale and extent. We update the "low altitude" imagery as much as we can to keep it fresh. The images are provided as a WMS. I know this isn't an answer nationwide, but I thought it would be useful to post this here in case any Minnesota users ask this question. I also encourage other states to do the same thing.

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If you are working in the states, you may prefer http://datagateway.nrcs.usda.gov/ as I think neither Google nor ESRI allows to get google maps in your desktop application.

Google in the first place doesn't provide services such as WMS. Please check following links:

http://forums.arcgis.com/threads/40707-Using-Google-Maps-with-ArcMap-10 https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!msg/google-maps-api/FORJbnvxICw/hwQeyjvr-CsJ

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Google Maps basemap integration within ArcGIS is currently 'under consideration' at Arcideas, see here

Not a solution as such but it's certainly a feature that is on the radar.

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I have been able to find the below solution (last post12-06-2013 12:11 AM reply from the user: anh_like_em2002

http://forums.arcgis.com/threads/40707-Using-Google-Maps-with-ArcMap-10

"Default Re: Using Google Maps with ArcMap 10 the tool can down here http://www.mediafire.com/download/d0...oogleSetup.zip, pls: gis2cad@gmail.com for help"

Hope that helps...

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