Google today introduced the latest version of Google Earth, the
company's interactive digital atlas, featuring new realistic
Google Earth 6 integrates Street View and 3D trees. It also offer
easy browsing historical imagery.
Google implemented the Street View in Google Earth in 2008 for
the first time, enabling users to "fly" into Street View
panoramas. In Google Earth 6, the Street View experience is now
fully integrated, so users can journey from outer space right to
their doorstep in one seamless flight.
Pegman is now docked right alongside the navigation controls - an
ever-present travel companion ready whenever users want to get
their feet on the street and take a virtual walk around.
"Just pick up Pegman and drop him wherever you see a highlighted
blue road to fly right down to the ground. Once there, you can
use the navigation controls or your mouse to look around. And
unlike our earlier Street View layer, you can now move seamlessly
from one location to another as if you're walking down the street
by using the scroll-wheel on your mouse or the arrow keys on your
keyboard. If you want to visit somewhere farther away, simply
click the "exit" button and you'll immediately return to an
aerial view where you can easily fly to your next destination,"
The new Google Earth also includes detailed 3D models for dozens
of species of trees. Through the Google Earth Outreach program,
the company has also been working with organizations including
the Green Belt Movement in Africa, the Amazon Conservation Team
in Brazil and CONABIO in Mexico to model the planet's threatened
Historical imagery enables users to visually go back in time to
see such things as Warsaw in 1935, London in 1945, and
Port-au-Prince Haiti before and after the devastating earthquake
of January 2010. With this new version, Google has made it easy
to discover historical imagery.
"When you fly to an area where historical imagery is available,
the date of the oldest imagery will appear in the status bar at
the bottom of the screen. If you click on this date, you'll
instantly be taken back in time to view imagery from that time
period. You can then browse through all the historical imagery
available for that location, or simply close the time control and
return to the default view," Google said.
To download Google Earth 6 visit http://earth.google.com