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Google Earth 4.3 Offers a Number of New Features

Zonk posted about 6 years ago | from the it's-the-only-globe-we've-got-why-not-check-it-out dept.

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GoogleWatch writes "Google's all excited for Earth day, and just in time there's a new version of Google Earth available. 4.3 offers up revamped navigation controls, 3-D photo-realistic buildings in major cities, and time-lapse views of sunsets and sunrises. Also new in Google Earth 4.3 is access to the street view movies found in Google Maps. Just click any of the camera icons and the familiar street view window will pop up. The sunrise and sunset movies are also quite impressive. Fly to a location you'd like to see and click the "sun" button in the toolbar. That will bring up a small timeline graphic and you can either hit play or drag the timeline slider to watch the day unfold."

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Other views? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23110350)

I understand, from recent news events, that Google Earth will also allow for a new 'driveway' view for some up-close-and-personal looks at everybody's favorite geriatric nude sunbathers. Can't wait!

Re:Other views? (2, Insightful)

oakgrove (845019) | about 6 years ago | (#23112554)

I have to say, this was one of the easiest installs of a random program on Linux I have ever seen. I just downloaded the one file, GoogleEarthLinux.bin, opened a terminal, did a chmod +x GoogleEarthLinux.bin, typed ./GoogleEarthLinux.bin and hit next, next, next and was done.

Seriously, all Linux program installations should be this easy. Oh, and the program is great.

Re:Other views? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23112904)

Me too... On my mac i downloaded it, dragged it to the apps folder and it just worked.... thats it! no next, next, next or anything like that.

Re:Other views? (1)

Mr. Picklesworth (931427) | about 6 years ago | (#23113262)

Err, ever used a Debian package? RPM?
Even the Lightscribe folks provide them ;)

(Actually, it's pretty strange to me that Google doesn't...)

Re:Other views? (2, Insightful)

oakgrove (845019) | about 6 years ago | (#23113278)

Yeah, actually, I've used thousands of deb packages. The Google Earth binary was not one of them. It was still super easy to install. Most Linux binaries that you download are anything but easy. That was the point. We should be able to download a binary that isn't a pre-rolled deb or rpm or whatever package and install it as easily as this was.

Re:Other views? (1)

Sporkinum (655143) | about 6 years ago | (#23113910)

Installed that easy for me too.. too bad it crashes it ran fine before I loaded the update.

Stacktrace from glibc: ./googleearth-bin [0x804f3c7] ./googleearth-bin [0x804f8ed]
    [0xffffe420] ./libbase.so(_ZN5earth17ScopedPerfSetting6createERK7QStringbb+0x64) [0xb71170f
2] ./libbase.so(_ZN5earth17ScopedPerfSettingC2ERK7QStringbb+0x45) [0xb711718b] ./libbase.so(_ZN5earth20LogScopedPerfSettingC1ERK7QString+0x35) [0xb7117257] ./libgoogleearth_lib.so(_ZN5earth6client11Application13setupQtLocaleEv+0x42) [
0xb7334a60] ./libgoogleearth_lib.so(_ZN5earth6client11Application3runEv+0x31) [0xb7334da9] ./googleearth-bin(main+0x2a1) [0x8050b77] /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6(__libc_start_main+0xe0) [0xb7166050] ./googleearth-bin [0x804f201]

We apologize for the inconvenience, but Google Earth has crashed.
  This is a bug in the program, and should never happen under normal
  circumstances. A bug report and debugging data are now being written
  to this text file: /home/jeff/.googleearth/crashlogs/crashlog-3EA2847A.txt

This bug report will be sent to Google automatically next time you run
  Google Earth. Its data, which contains no personal information, will help
  us correct problems without bothering you further. If you would rather
  this info not be transmitted, please delete the above file before running
  the program again. If you want bug reports to NEVER be sent, remove the
  above 'crashlogs' directory's read/write permissions.

Great but... (5, Insightful)

ccguy (1116865) | about 6 years ago | (#23110388)

I love Google Earth but I think they should revisit their decision of replacing new images with older ones if they have better resolution.

I'm sure that's a good decision but a city like New York, but in areas recently developed it just doesn't make sense.

Re:Great but... (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | about 6 years ago | (#23110518)

A toggle setting would probably be best.

Re:Great but... (4, Funny)

mrsteveman1 (1010381) | about 6 years ago | (#23110662)

I'm against toggles....maybe we should form a committee to determine what sort of switch to use

Re:Great but... (3, Funny)

Kandenshi (832555) | about 6 years ago | (#23110894)

An interesting idea... But kinda risky don't you think?

I think we should form an action group to hold a vote on if we should make a committe to vote on what sort of switch to use.

Re:Great but... (5, Funny)

spun (1352) | about 6 years ago | (#23110624)

I like Google Earth, too, but there are some serious problems. Processes seem to be terminated arbitrarily, and far too soon. Interprocess communication is too difficult. I can't seem to execute a JOIN successfully. Forking new processes is fun, but time consuming and expensive. Most independent agents are severely lacking in intelligence. System management is byzantine and security is non-existent, I mean, anyone can kill a process with almost no effort!

I can't wait for Google Heaven, though. If it's anything close to what's advertised, it should make up for all the crap we have to go through with Google Earth.

Re:Great but... (1)

ccguy (1116865) | about 6 years ago | (#23110906)

I can't wait for Google Heaven, though. If it's anything close to what's advertised,
Actually it's already internally betatested, and the first invitations should be available in eBay (at a price, though) soon.

I hear that they background checks to get in Israel are a tea party compared to what these guys do, though.

Re:Great but... (1)

CSMatt (1175471) | about 6 years ago | (#23111002)

I myself am waiting for Google Hell.

Re:Great but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23111512)

Oh, yeah, much more interesting with the circles and fires and stuff. But they'll need radio buttons so you can select Dante's Hell, or Norse Hell, or the Chinese Hell of upside-down-corpses, etc....

Re:Great but... (4, Funny)

Chyeld (713439) | about 6 years ago | (#23111640)

Sadly, Google Hell has been shelved till someone can figure out a way to implement it without breaking the "Don't be evil" rule.

Re:Great but... (1)

Klaus_1250 (987230) | about 6 years ago | (#23110638)

Have to agree. Two years ago I could see the car in the driveway on Google Earth. With the new images (2008) I can't even make out the house. I'm quite surprised that their is no feedback button in the interface for the quality of particular images/locations.

Re:Great but... (3, Interesting)

pjludlow (707302) | about 6 years ago | (#23111506)

I agree. I was browsing some areas of places where I've lived and while there are some new higher quality images in parts of Honduras, my current residence in the US has a lower res image than it had previously (although it is newer now).

I also think there should be some sort of tag listing the date of the image (maybe there is but I can't find it) so that if I'm planning a trip I can tell that the image was from 3 years ago and that the roads could have changed since.

Since... (1)

jd (1658) | about 6 years ago | (#23111836)

...they already have both sets of images, and they're not short on disk space, why not simply have a toggle in Google Earth that allows you to select between "best resolution" and "most recent image"? A version numbering system would be even better, as it would allow you to use Google Earth to track changes in a place, but I suspect that even Google would have problems with the storage requirements for that.

Get off my lawn (5, Funny)

UberHoser (868520) | about 6 years ago | (#23110440)

Damn google hippies with their fancy schmancy cameras all over my front lawn....

Off!!! GET OFF !!!!

Can't you see the signs that say {NO GOOGLE HIPPIES} {NO DOGS} {NO SALESMEN}

WHy I otta....

Re:Get off my lawn (5, Funny)

sricetx (806767) | about 6 years ago | (#23111548)

Dude, you need to put robots.txt sign on your lawn to keep Google out.

Re:Get off my lawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23113136)

I already have one. It also has a motion sensor connected to an MP3 player so if they try to get past it they get rickrolled.

Question: (4, Interesting)

Enlarged to Show Tex (911413) | about 6 years ago | (#23110480)

How does it handle the sunrise/sunset shots for locations that enjoy periods of 24x7 daylight during the summer? Does it (correctly) show the sun rotating around the sky?

Re:Question: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23110752)

Why don't you go find out for yourself instead of wasting our time with your stupid questions?

Re:Question: (1)

jejones (115979) | about 6 years ago | (#23111052)

I've been trying to check this, but I'm having a hard time setting the POV to get the full effect.

Re:Question: (4, Interesting)

freeweed (309734) | about 6 years ago | (#23111328)

We're past the spring equinox so to test this, zoom out far enough that you can see the entire globe. Put the north pole roughly centered on your screen. Now run the 24 hour slider back and forth - you can quite clearly see daylight never leaving some areas of the far north. By June this area will be much-enlarged.

As the actual "viewing the sun from ground level" part of GE seems to correspond to the sun's terminator everywhere else I've tried it, I see no reason why the same wouldn't work from the land of the midnight sun.

It's actually kind of fun to look at the entire globe at once - it really brings home why northern latitudes get longer daylight this time of year. The terminator is clearly angled during both sunrise and sunset to demonstrate the earlier sunrises and later sunsets the further north you go. The closest I've seen until this is the usual flat projection of the Earth with a distorted day/night overlay.

Another cool thing is to use GE to show how the sun does in fact set further north than straight west (in the northern hemisphere) during summer. A surprising number of people refuse to believe that this is the case.

Speaking of Google Maps... Argentina? (5, Interesting)

Nicopa (87617) | about 6 years ago | (#23110520)

This is slightly offtopic, but... I live in Argentina. This country has been excluded from Google Maps since its beginning (Google Maps'). It's the only excluded country in Google Maps, I guess.

If you search for it you will see that the map is just a white area. Not even the major cities, or the capital. We only have satellite images. Does anyone reading this know what's going on?

Re:Speaking of Google Maps... Argentina? (1)

Machtyn (759119) | about 6 years ago | (#23110692)

Really? My wife, who served a church mission in Argentina, used Google Maps to show me the different areas where she lived and worked. This was a couple years ago. But checking now, sure enough it's all white.

Re:Speaking of Google Maps... Argentina? (1)

doti (966971) | about 6 years ago | (#23112160)

He's talking about the map data (roads, cities, borders, etc), not satellite and aerial images.

Re:Speaking of Google Maps... Argentina? (4, Interesting)

rat7307 (218353) | about 6 years ago | (#23110878)

Same for North AND South Korea, that surprised me a little bit.....

Re:Speaking of Google Maps... Argentina? (5, Funny)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | about 6 years ago | (#23110898)

Because Maradona used his hands to stick those two goals back in 1990 World Cup.

No, we didn't forget.

Re:Speaking of Google Maps... Argentina? (4, Funny)

mstokle (1275034) | about 6 years ago | (#23111036)

He scored one with the hand, but the second goal he slalom every english player in field... We didn't forget neither :-)

Re:Speaking of Google Maps... Argentina? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23113676)

Mexico 1986 actually

Re:Speaking of Google Maps... Argentina? (1)

tgd (2822) | about 6 years ago | (#23112270)

Wow I read that as Madonna, and was going to make some crack about crying for Argentina...

Re:Speaking of Google Maps... Argentina? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23112740)

It's funny. Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands back in 1982, lots of people were killed on both sides during the war to liberate them. Yet the people in England seem to be far more upset about the 1990 world cup! Actually, this is probably a very positive thing.

Re:Speaking of Google Maps... Argentina? (2, Informative)

CODiNE (27417) | about 6 years ago | (#23111162)

Also the Dominican Republic. Notice Haiti on the left all tagged and detailed.

Re:Speaking of Google Maps... Argentina? (5, Funny)

CODiNE (27417) | about 6 years ago | (#23111244)

Ya know as long as we're listing them...

There's also Martinique, Dominica, Libya and others.

Thought Quebec was ignored but on closer inspection there's just nothing there.

Re:Speaking of Google Maps... Argentina? (1)

jrumney (197329) | about 6 years ago | (#23112224)

Thought Quebec was ignored but on closer inspection there's just nothing there.

The same goes for Libya if you look closer.

Both Koreas are empty, not surprising in the case of the North, maybe the South is worried about North Korea using Google Maps to plan an invasion? Also Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana in addition to a handful of islands in the Caribbean, some of which you named.

Re:Speaking of Google Maps... Argentina? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23111824)

Google only licenses the map data from whatever company or government agency owns it. If they don't have map data for Argentina then whoever owns the map data for Argentina isn't selling.

Re:Speaking of Google Maps... Argentina? (2, Informative)

afabbro (33948) | about 6 years ago | (#23113392)

It's the only excluded country in Google Maps, I guess.

Well, there's also Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Guyana, Suriname, Guyane...and that's just South America.

Keyboard/Mouse (2, Funny)

j3wwy (848834) | about 6 years ago | (#23110558)

They need to set up "wasd" controls for movement.

I'd love to strafe jump around town!

Re:Keyboard/Mouse (1)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | about 6 years ago | (#23111276)

They do have a flight simulator. Perhaps someone enterprising could come up with some middleware to make a shooter.

Underwater (5, Funny)

rossjudson (97786) | about 6 years ago | (#23110646)

Cities are cool. Underwater would be cooler. With special underwater lighting. And little spiffy killer fishies at the bottom on the Marianas trench. Or a way to see coral before we succeed in killing all of it off.

Where's the underwater google truck-a-subtomic?

Or near-earth orbit, so we can see the junk?

Re:Underwater (1)

Zaphod The 42nd (1205578) | about 6 years ago | (#23111778)

that seems really low on the priority list to me. Seeing exactly what contours the Marianas Trench has isn't going to help me with squat other than a quick "neat-o", wheras highly detailed and functional maps and images of landmass, buildings, and roads are constantly useful.

New Images (3, Insightful)

Thelasko (1196535) | about 6 years ago | (#23110680)

How about updating the images. They must be five years old. Things change, buildings get built and torn down.

Re:New Images (3, Interesting)

Christianfreak (100697) | about 6 years ago | (#23110782)

Exactly. I haven't downloaded the newest version yet but the version I have, and google maps sat view on the web has an empty field where my neighborhood is. My neighborhood has been here for almost 4 years. In a rural area that makes some sense but I'm in Dallas.

What's worse they haven't even updated the street map itself, so even though the Google van did street view recently (not all the way where I am) they couldn't be bothered to update streets that they still don't show on the map. Those have been there for more than 2 years.

Re:New Images (1)

Christianfreak (100697) | about 6 years ago | (#23110936)

Downloading the new version and indeed my neighborhood is finally there.

Still not on the online map though which I really find weird. They have the data, why aren't they using it everywhere?

Re:New Images (1)

withak (40799) | about 6 years ago | (#23111904)

Could be licensing restrictions. Google has a lot of control over the data when it is accessed via the GE application, but no as much via the gmaps web site. It's possible that the owner of the data isn't willing to license it for use via gmaps, but is ok with the GE application itself.

"A Number" (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23110722)

Wow, a number! Which one? Zero? Negative three?

Still no support for 64-bit (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23110834)

If you have 4gb or more the images wont load correctly and are very blurry. If you limit to 3gb at boot the program will load the zoomed in images correctly and clearly but then the program will crash because of a nasty memory leak which also destableizes your system.

Why does google hate people who want 4gb of ram, there are quite a few of us and 64bit desktops have been around since 2003.

Live.com kicks G (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23110884)

Why would anyone use this BULKY stand alone application when a light weight browser based http://maps.live.com provides a better birds eye view, 3D views and more. Crazy Uh!

Re:Live.com kicks G (1)

PenGun (794213) | about 6 years ago | (#23111038)

Oh please. I can view and measure logs up on my mountainside. Then go up there and verify it is 22 meters long. Individual trees ... what is this 'kick' you speak of?

Re:Live.com kicks G (1)

Sporkinum (655143) | about 6 years ago | (#23113978)

maps.live.com is awesome, especially if you can get an area that uses birds eye view. Super detailed and can get 4 different points of view of what you are looking at. 3d is IE activex only though.

Waiting for 4.4 (4, Funny)

CSMatt (1175471) | about 6 years ago | (#23110954)

I hear that Google Earth will be allowing users to control the spy satellites directly in version 4.4.

Imagine getting a live feed of when your boss leaves his house, and then tracking him all the way to work. I'll never be late again!

Re:Waiting for 4.4 (1)

Zaphod The 42nd (1205578) | about 6 years ago | (#23111794)

I hear that Google Earth will be allowing users to control the spy satellites directly in version 4.4. Imagine getting a live feed of when your boss leaves his house, and then tracking him all the way to work. I'll never be late again!
they already have that. Only, they don't include it in the free version, you have to get the special, super-expensive "federal" edition.

More Web 2.0 anachronisms (3, Insightful)

heroine (1220) | about 6 years ago | (#23111032)

Well they're certainly photos of buildings, just not realistic photos of buildings.

Well, they certainly have free models on 3D warehouse. They're just all in a format Google Earth can't read without a plugin for a commercial operating system.

They certainly have 3D graphics, just not the 5 lines of code that it would take to support 3D anaglyphs. Everyone's killing themselves stacking screen shots to work without this simple feature.

Re:More Web 2.0 anachronisms (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23111412)

Well you certainly have an interesting speech pattern.

I have "latest???" at 4.2 something BROKEN (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23111106)

Weirdness prevails and its not even Halloween yet.

A. Google Updater required for 4.3 won't run because "Google Updater is already installed"

Then my current version: 4.2.0205.5730 has some quite annoying problems. Running the thing always comes up with the following errors.

1. A big RED "I X" in the upper left corner. Something failed to install.

2. Tip of the Day problems.

2a. "Could not load images" Stream0_0
2a. "Fetch of ScreenOverlay failed (Stream0_0);" "Ignore"

2b. "Could not load images" Stream0_0
2b. "Fetch of ScreenOverlay failed (Stream0_0);" "Ignore"

3. No online updates.
 

Re:I have "latest???" at 4.2 something BROKEN (1)

JavaManJim (946878) | about 6 years ago | (#23113640)

UPDATE. All is well now.

Removed all Google Updater and Google Earth software. 4.3 would not install without this.
THEN the new updater for 4.3 downloaded and downloaded 4.3

CONCLUSION.
. Nice software.
. Suggest that (obviously) Google Updater not lock out Google's own updates.

Thanks,
Jim

Google Earth 4.3 Offers a Number of New Features (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23111184)

Regular Earth 1.0 Still Sucking

Amazing Tool (1)

PenGun (794213) | about 6 years ago | (#23111302)

Hook it up to a GPS unit, I have a cheap USB NEAMA device, cache the area and stick it in yer laptop and go explore. You can find routes you would never even know about any other way. Pictures, quite hi res here, trucks easy to see, and a GPS unit is a killer combination in the bush.

  Regular GPS units give you a topo map at best. I fly down valleys in 3D and examine the features, routes and possible routes from any angle on a hi res picture of the area. As I'm in that valley with my laptop I can quickly check what's possible. Dirt bike helps for the 'quickly' ;).

  You don't really need Google Earth Plus as the cheap NEAMA devices don't work anyway. There are a plethora of third party apps to fill the gap however. Real time tracking and simple way points applications are easy to find.

  Google Earth has no competition in this area outside of possible military applications.

photography tool (4, Interesting)

carlcmc (322350) | about 6 years ago | (#23111352)

One could use this for planning of landscape photography and how and where the setting sun will be.

Same horrible installer problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23111356)

How about they finally let you install it to whatever path you want without having to hack your registry ahead of time!

google earth...without the earth (1)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | about 6 years ago | (#23111492)

I updated, but if im not logged in as root i log in to their server!
And being a "beta" it doesnt give me any information, it should at least have a -v flag or a --help flag.

Still 5 year old maps (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23111576)

New features don't amount to much if their maps are 5 years old for Baton Rouge-New Orleans areas. The growth in Baton Rouge makes it almost impossible to use Google Maps/Earth effectively.
MS Live, as much as it pains me to say, it much better.

Evil POS! (2, Interesting)

Raven737 (1084619) | about 6 years ago | (#23111632)

Makes you install and updater (not just as a constantly running Service but also as a DRIVER?!! WTF!)
then it also sets google as default search engine and installs google toolbar.... can this be any more EVIL?

Luckily i have a VMware 'crapware' virtual machine... this got installed on there, once done, i just copied the Google Earth folder to my real machine, GE 4.3 Beta without the *unnecessary* crap :)

Re:Evil POS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23112050)

I couldn't even get the new version to run.
I had to go back to the old version. lucky I still had the stand alone installer and not some stupid updater.

Re:Evil POS! (1)

shadowturtle (960092) | about 6 years ago | (#23112078)

I was also miffed about being forced to install the updater. You can uncheck the options for the search engine change & toolbar prior to downloading, but they should not be checked by default (like everything nowadays!!!!). After I installed Google Earth I promptly uninstalled the updater.

Re:Evil POS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#23112582)

*unnecessary* crap
Sounds like the OS you're using.

The new controls (1)

Angostura (703910) | about 6 years ago | (#23111670)

Is it just me, or are the new controls really very confusing? The older slider for determining angle of view has now been replaced by the up/down controls on the 'eyeball wheel', but you can no-longer adjust that angle very quickly . There's the new fancy-schancy 'dive from a great height to the ground' slider, overall I feel pretty lost.

Love the squashed cars. (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | about 6 years ago | (#23111762)

The demo "comes in for a landing" on a San Francisco street. The building imagery is texture-mapped onto the building volume models but the profiles of the cars are texture-mapped onto the ground.

Result: The cars are all "squashed flat" onto the street. Reduced to a layer of paint. Steel road-kill.

A great Earth Day gift for the eco-freaks of San Francisco. B-)

(And I bet Critical Mass members are grinning as well.)

Impressive use of technology.. + how do they do it (1)

authortitle (1275076) | about 6 years ago | (#23111800)

I've always thought the GIS-style stuff on the Internet is one of the most impressive uses of technology... like, if I were to show my grandma, or an alien, what technology were capable of, Google Earth would probably be the first thing I'd go for. Visually and conceptually stunning, and useful into the bargain.

I remember being amazed by Google Maps, then shortly after spending literally half a day exploring Keyhole (which then became Google Earth), and more recently Google Street View, then Live Maps' Birds-Eye view (well worth checking out), and now this.

Admittedly coverage of 3D buildings is a little thin on the ground right now, but the well done ones are incredibly impressive. Now for the question:

I understand how some of them are done in SketchUp, using basic textures and clever modelling, but I'm really interested in how the actual photo-realistic ones are captured. As an example, search for "Marshalls Mill, Leeds, UK".

The buildings are captured in amazingly high resolution (to the point where you can read the To Let sign on the side), and it's obviously not just a repeated texture. How do they capture these photos? My best guess is a lot of photos from ground level, later stitched and perspective corrected, but I'd be fascinated to hear from someone who knows more.

Most impressive anyway. I love Google Earth.

Shaded Relief (1)

Anti_Climax (447121) | about 6 years ago | (#23111946)

Because of the angle of the angle of the sun, the photos of the hills near my apartment are shaded on one side. The sunrise and sunset feature, coupled with terrain view makes it possible to get an idea of what time of day/year similar images were taken.

Not that it helps me, but I'm sure someone has wanted to know for one reason or another ;)

Label bug (1)

SEWilco (27983) | about 6 years ago | (#23112230)

Yeah, it's nice. But today most of the letters in "Pennsylvania" vanished. Then all the state and place labels went away. What is that big red dot in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania?

ok, I thought new york was impressive (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | about 6 years ago | (#23113350)

Check out the shit they're doing with San Francisco. Utterly amazing, those buildings. We're in the scifi future, I just need to get my particle beam targeting software tied in here.

Street and locality names vanished? (1)

DollyTheSheep (576243) | about 6 years ago | (#23113524)

Is it just me or did the street and locality names disappear with the upgrade from 4.2 beta to 4.3?

Video demonstration of the new features (3, Informative)

Lord Satri (609291) | about 6 years ago | (#23113690)

Ok, I'm late on that one. But really worth is the GEB 6-minutes video demonstration of the new features [gearthblog.com].

Here's more info, well, a copy of my post of the site from my sig:
Mentioned earlier this week [slashgeo.org], here's the official announcement [blogspot.com] and a description of a new feature, 3D building swooping [blogspot.com]. The release provoked a lot of reactions and writings in the geoblogs. Here's the GEB entries on his first impressions [with screenshots] [gearthblog.com], a video demonstration, well worth the 6 minutes [gearthblog.com] (really), a short explanation of the new navigation widgets [gearthblog.com] and some final thoughts on GE 4.3 [gearthblog.com]. Ogle Earth also shares his comments and discuss the differences between atlases and mirror worlds [ogleearth.com]. Interesting to note that not everyone is pleased with some of the changes [spatiallyadjusted.com], with GE being dubbed the AOL of the Geoweb [earthissquare.com]. APB also links [directionsmag.com] to a IW article on the practical uses of Google StreetView [informationweek.com].

The shadow feature is cool but in 3D (1)

SiddGaur (1275206) | about 6 years ago | (#23113972)

The shadow feature is brilliant but 3D. I like the new shadow feature. In the tour video of this new version we can see how this works in Switzerland Mountains. I found that pretty impressive but it lacks original images. It shows 3d image for that.
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