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Google Earth in 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Google Earth version 4.3 has been launched to provide users with a richer 3-D experience. Google Earth is a feature that offers maps and satellite images to help users pinpoint locations when conducting regional searches. You can download the latest version here. New features include:
  • New navigation - There is a new navigational experience so users can better take advantage of the 3D environment in Google Earth. The navigation takes the traditional pan-and-zoom approach associated with mapping programs and incorporates a first-person, ground-level perspective commonly used in video games. New with Version 4.3 is the ability to find your way with the new navigation controls:

    * Use the Look joystick (top of the controls) to look around from one vantage point.
    * Use the Move joystick (center of the controls) to move down, up, right or left.
    * Use the zoom slider to zoom in or out (+ to zoom in, - to zoom out).
    * Click and drag the ring around the Look joystick to rotate the view.

  • More 3-D - Version 4.3 also includes dozens of photo-textured cities and towns, as well as thousands of user-contributed buildings around the world. The rendering of the 3D data has been improved which in turn helps improve performance and realism of 3D data.

  • Street View - The well-known Google Maps feature gets added to Google Earth with version 4.3. Street View is a popular, engaging feature that allows people to easily find, discover, and plan activities relevant to a location.

  • Image acquisition date - According to Google, one of their most requested features was the date the images were taken. 4.3 now includes an image acquisition date, which shows you on what date a given area of imagery was taken.

  • Sunlight feature - This new addition is a playful way to control the sun's location relative to the Earth. When you zoom out to a view of the Earth, you can control a time-lapse view of sunlight moving across the Earth. While zoomed into a given city, you can watch the sunrise and sunset. Pretty cool stuff. You can use the time slider to watch the sunrise and sunset from anywhere. Move the time slider to watch dusk, dawn and shadows move across the Earth
  • New languages -- Version 4.3 includes twelve new languages, including Danish, English (UK), Spanish (Latin American), Finnish, Hebrew, Indonesian, Norwegian, Portuguese (PT), Romanian, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish.

If you have not checked out Google Earth in a while, now is the time to do it.


posted by Jody @ Wednesday, April 16, 2008  
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