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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Latest Version of Google Earth V4.3 Is Available

Today Google introduced a new version of the Google Earth desktop client. The new release, Google Earth version 4.3, offers a realistic, 3D model of the world in Google Earth by giving users a higher quality, more immersive experience. Google Earth 4.3 also adds more realistic, real-world data so users have more ways to discover and explore all the interesting features the world has to offer.

Here are the highlights:

  • New navigation - A new navigational experience enables users to 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.

  • More, faster 3D buildings - Version 4.3 also includes dozens of photo-textured cities and towns, as well as thousands of user-contributed buildings around the world. Approach to rendering 3D data has been significantly enhanced to greatly 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.

  • Sunlight feature - This new addition is a playful way to control the sun's location relative to the Earth. When zoomed 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.

  • Image acquisition date - This new version 4.3 now includes an image acquisition date, which shows you on what date a given area of imagery was taken.

  • 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.

Here's a video giving you a small taste of what you'll find when you install Google Earth 4.3 from http://earth.google.com:

1 comment:

Social Networking Designer said...

I have yet to update my Google Earth version. The Sunlight feature looks cool! Thanks for this information. :)