Google Earth 6 Released

Google recently introduced Google Earth 6.0 beta, and it has some new features in it! Three basic functions that they have added are:

• Tighter integration with Street View

Street View was part of Google Earth since 2008, but he always felt a little bolt-on. We had to find it in layers, and it was a bit awkward to navigate. Now, the experience is fully integrated, and it's surprisingly smooth.

As in Google Maps, just grab Pegman from next to your navigation, and the roads will be lit in blue, where Street View imagery is available. Throw it on the road, you'll fly down to this level Street View!

In addition, the tightened control, you can switch between the Street View and a standard mode is very easy, and you can finally send people to use Street View KML. This is a very slick experience, and it was very well integrated. Here's a short video that shows the new Street View feature in action:

• 3D Trees

Several years ago, Microsoft added 3D trees to what was then known as Virtual Earth. It was impressive, but they included only a few cities. Google spent this time building a system that would do two things well:

• Allow them to add a huge amount of 3D trees.
• integrate them in such a way as not to affect the performance of Google Earth.

When viewing around, I think you'll agree that they succeeded. The first issue includes more than 80 million trees in various cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Athens, Tokyo and Berlin. In addition, they build some full forest in some parts of Africa and Mexico.

Accurate models of all kinds, and look amazingly sharp. You can control the tree layer with a separate inside the sub-layer of "3D-building."

They worked with various partners to help model threatened forests around the world and made forest model as closely as possible with the help of organizations such as the Green Belt Movement, Amazon Talk Team and CONABIO.

More information about the new 3D-trees, check out this short video:

• Updated historical imagery system

Update historical imagery is fairly minor changes, but should get help to people much more aware of their images, which you have. Google found that users often do not know well the historical images that are available, and this update should help correct this problem.

When viewing the site, Google Earth will continue to show the image date in the lower left corner, a great feature. Now, if the historical images are available in the current window you will see a small icon appears there that shows the date of the oldest images are available, like this:

Here is a video that shows more about this new feature:

To get started, you can download Google Earth 6 at

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