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New release GE does not solve the Panoramio issue

Google said: "The developers of Google Earth are aware of this issue and are working on a fix for it. The fix will be included on the next release of Earth."
The next release of Earth has arrived ( but the Panoramio issue is still here!

As usual, Qt libraries provided by Amirpli solve the problem.

In the googleearth script you need to add (before the last line):

export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib64/libfreeimage.so.3

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Hi Zimmer,

I apologize for giving false information. I should have said 'the next beta release'. They decided to release another stable version because the 'non-mouse controller option turned on by default' issue was affecting too many users. See release notes here https://support.google.com/earth/answer/40901?hl=en

Thank you for your patience,
tj m
tj m
The Qt libs you refer to do not work for me.  Maybe I have the wrong versions. 

Where can I find these libs again?

Also, where can we find the earlier versions of googleearth?  I'll just go back one version at a time until I find something that works.
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@tj m, in this thread: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/earth/linux/_h4t6SpY_II you can find Amirpli libraries for Debian, Ubuntu and openSUSE.

You must replace libQt*.* in /opt/google/earth/free and *.* in /opt/google/earth/free/plugins/imageformat.

Then, edit /opt/google/earth/free/googleeart and (before the last line) add:

export LC_NUMERIC=en_US.UTF-8
export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib64/libfreeimage.so.3

tj m
tj m
Thanks for the link.

It appears that the Amirpli libs did the trick.  The panoramio pics are now visible, no more blank box.

There was also a patch included for one of the Debian 7 libs but I chose give googleearth a try without this patch and it seems to be working fine.
If any unusual problems show up I'll first try the patch for a resolution.

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