[Talk-us] Old Bing/ESRI satellite imagery?

Albert Pundt roadsguy99 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 31 01:16:51 UTC 2018

Yeah, that wasn't right of me... I've been using the other sources for a
bit now and it's really not as bad as I thought it was, plus there's more
of the old imagery still available than I thought through
Mapbox/Digitalglobe Standard all over Pennsylvania, just not where I'm
currently working on. I guess the relatively high quality (albeit very
outdated by the time it was updated) imagery for the whole country spoiled
me a little too much. :P

Ignore my previous post, it was dumb.

On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 7:55 PM, Ian Dees <ian.dees at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Albert,
> Please keep in mind that all of this data you're complaining about is
> donated to the OSM community and it's a privilege to have access to it.
> Please don't take your frustrations out on the providers that are letting
> us use their service for free.
> All of the providers that donate their imagery are constantly adding or
> improving imagery. Since it takes a lot of work to make these imagery
> layers, the "previous iteration" is probably not out there in any way. The
> best you can do is go to the provider and ask them to improve the imagery
> so that the next imagery update can have better imagery.
> Also, keep an eye out for local imagery from the state (through NAIP, for
> example), your county, or city. Governments in the US frequently post their
> imagery online for you to use.
> -Ian
> On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 6:46 PM, Albert Pundt <roadsguy99 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> With the exception of the higher-resolution imagery in cities, the
>> current Bing/ESRI World Imagery is worse than the previous iteration in
>> every way except for being newer. It's blurry, often distorted, and
>> frequently has clouds covering it. The previous imagery was crisper and
>> rarely if ever had clouds, and what little distortion there was was obvious
>> and avoidable.
>> Is there any way to still access this imagery, or at least a better
>> alternative to the current Bing/ESRI imagery? If the former, then the
>> outdatedness of it could be easily worked around by comparing to the other
>> imagery available. It must exist "out there" in some capacity, since the
>> Mapbox/Digitalglobe Standard imagery still uses it in western Pennsylvania,
>> and even in some low zoom levels on Bing.
>> I would use some of the other nationwide imagery options available in
>> JOSM, but most of them are   either low-resolution or with color so bright
>> and washed out it's often difficult to map with.
>> —Albert
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