Old Google API to check Street View capture dates replaced by new API in my scripts

In the past I wrote multiple blog posts about how you can make a map of Google Street View capture dates. On December 29, 2020 I noticed the old unofficial Google API I used doesn’t work anymore. Luckily Google has a new official API that can be used to get the same information. Therefore I updated all my scripts to use the new JSON file instead of the old XML file.

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How to import many new WMS, WMTS, WFS or XYZ tile services into QGIS

If QGIS on your computer contains no or a very limited number of WMS, WMTS, WFS or XYZ tile webservices to choose from, it is possible to import these in bulk from an XML file. This blog post explains how to do so for WMS services, but for XYZ tile, WMTS and WFS services you can import the XML file in a very similar way.

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How to get cool QGIS stickers

Recently I posted a small video on Twitter showing a shiny QGIS sticker I made and I got the the question where I ordered these. Because a blog is easier to answer that question then Twitter, I’ll tell here.

I took the QGIS logo from the QGIS Visual Style Guide and used Inkscape to create a modified version. I wanted the Q to be white because that would be the most shiny part of the sticker, but I added a small black border. For the background I used the green #589632 from the QGIS Visual Style Guide. Then I created a small green buffer around the Q.

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How to make a map with the most recent Streetview capture dates per street with Python and GeoJSON

THIS BLOGPOST AND THE SCRIPTS ON GITLAB WERE UPDATED ON DECEMBER 29, 2020, BECAUSE THE OLD API DIDN’T WORK ANYMORE. FROM NOW ON AN OFFICIAL GOOGLE API CAN BE USED. CHANGES WERE MARKED IN RED ON DECEMBER 29, 2020.

In the past I have created a map of Antwerp, Kontich and Edegem that shows when the most recent Google Streetview images were taken. To do so I use a MySQL database and some PHP scripts. I created multiple blog posts on how I make these maps:

As a comment on the Dutch version of that last blog post, I got the question if it was possible to do the same with a GeoJSON or a Geopackage file and something else than PHP. So I translated my MySQL – PHP combo to GeoJSON and Python 3.

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A map with the most recent Streetview capture dates per street: the PHP and SQL scripts I use

THIS BLOGPOST WAS UPDATED ON DECEMBER 29, 2020, BECAUSE THE OLD API DIDN’T WORK ANYMORE. FROM NOW ON AN OFFICIAL GOOGLE API CAN BE USED. CHANGES WERE MARKED IN RED ON DECEMBER 29, 2020.

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post about my way of creating overview maps of the availability of the most recent Google Streetview images per municipality. I still do these checks these days for Antwerp, Kontich and Edegem, so that way I always have up-to-date information about the availability of these images. Recently I got the asked (in Dutch) to share my scripts I use for this task. I wanted to do so, but these PHP scripts I use, were a bit messy, because I was the only one using them. That’s why I updated them a little, so they can be used by more people.

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