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1 de Noviembre 2006

New Google Earth 4 (beta) Released - November 1st - More Features Added to Free Version!

[UPDATED 2-Nov at 1610]

Google has just released a new Google Earth 4 beta with several new features. On Windows the new version number is 4.0.2416. The Mac version is 4.0.2413. I've got a few details on what's new here, I'll add more as I learn what else is there. The biggest news is that two features formerly only available in the GE Plus version (which costs $20/year) are now available in the free version. You can now draw paths and polygons with the new free GE 4. Other new features include: new icons for placemarks, faster loading 3D models, improved lighting for 3D models (much better), and printing of driving directions and folders. See Google's new page about the update.

The time feature implemented in the last version has been refined. You can now slow things down better, you can restrict the time slider to the current folder, and you can now choose "Bounce" for the animation instead of just "Wrap" or "Once".

New Icons in Google EarthThe screenshot on the right shows the new icons. The interface provides options to store custom icons for easy later selection. Also, placemark icons that are close together will move apart (with a slick animation) when clicked on allowing you to easily select the one you want.

Clouds with Altitude Google EarthA very important new feature is that image overlays can now have altitude. This means weather satellite photos and other weather images can be placed above the ground. When you zoom in, the overlay will disappear allowing you to view the ground photos without interference. I really love the "Global Clouds" when you add altitude to it (edit the properties for the Global Cloud image overlay, select "Altitude" and move it up towards space). Very cool!

Google is apparently re-evaluating the line-up of features for all the versions. Last month they added new capabilities to the GE Pro version at no charge. Those of you with GE Plus can probably expect new features in the next release of that version (according to my sources).

This new release makes some important refinements bringing the GE 4 beta closer to readiness for official release. I suspect GE 4 will go out of beta before the end of the year if all goes well with this beta. If you haven't already downloaded GE 4, you should definitely download it now. Google's download page doesn't even encourage downloading the old GE 3 version any more.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 1 de Noviembre 2006 a las 10:15 PM

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  • Comentarios

    Great News! Thanks for the update, Frank!

    Enviado por: Navneeth at 2 de Noviembre 2006 a las 01:04 AM

    I can't download the newest version, for some reason (stil on 4.0.2091).
    Any suggestions?

    Enviado por: Jan Kees Kleuver at 2 de Noviembre 2006 a las 04:53 AM

    Thanks for this news Frank. The icons are the only thing that bothers me slightly. I agree that the pushpins are better for placemarks, however if you want to add a custom icon from one of the other palettes you need to take a rather fiddly path into the Program Files / Google / Google Earth / Res folder. It would be good to see an icon palette browser on the next update.

    Enviado por: Noel Jenkins at 2 de Noviembre 2006 a las 06:23 AM

    It seems (to me) that new GoogleEarth 4.0.2416
    displays only the wireframe of extrusion (not DAE) models.

    Or... there are some new settings?

    Enviado por: BobMaX at 2 de Noviembre 2006 a las 10:30 AM

    finally GE 4 doesn't crash anymore on my macbook pro.... it was about time google did somethnig about it... thnx google

    Enviado por: smokeonit at 2 de Noviembre 2006 a las 11:53 AM

    Hi Frank. Thanks for the heads up on this update to the GE client. I
    noticed one change in the Time feature is you are now able to restrict
    the time feature to a selected folder thus eliminating the problem of
    overlapping time spans making it confusing to know which time frame
    you were watching. Very nice. Looking forward to hearing what you
    and others also discover. I recently purchased GE Pro so I will be
    eager to see what has changed in that version as well.

    Incidentally, the older release also added a feature to turn a
    folder's children into radio buttons or to hide the contents
    altogether (the checkHideChildren element). My one wish is to have a
    similar feature for rollovers for placemark labels. This would
    be very handy for large datasets.

    Enviado por: Keene at 2 de Noviembre 2006 a las 05:56 PM

    Previously simply including a web page address in a bubble was sufficient to display the link, but now you have to include the html tag webpage address

    Enviado por: Phil at 3 de Noviembre 2006 a las 12:46 PM

    I can't wait for Google Earth version 5 beta! Even more icons, cloud updates every 2 hours, and probably some more 3d buildings! wow! what will they think of next?!! Google Mars?! That just blows my mind!

    Enviado por: Nick Young at 3 de Noviembre 2006 a las 07:00 PM

    Wow! The cloud map is superb with altitude added. Not only do the clouds disappear as you zoom in, but once you have zoomed in and tilted the view, the clouds appear overhead, forming a very realistic-looking sky instead of the generic blue haze.

    Enviado por: Jonathan at 3 de Noviembre 2006 a las 07:27 PM

    As stated here: http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showthreaded.php/Cat/0/Number/670459/page/0/vc/1 I had some networklink troubles with this new release. They are not solved yet. Glad to be able to reinstall the previous version!


    Enviado por: Sven at 3 de Noviembre 2006 a las 07:28 PM

    Here's a shot of the clouds in the sky: http://i12.tinypic.com/2ajnndl.jpg

    Enviado por: Jonathan at 3 de Noviembre 2006 a las 07:28 PM

    Here's a shot of ME in the sky: http://i11.tinypic.com/2mxh7c2.jpg

    Enviado por: Nick Young at 4 de Noviembre 2006 a las 03:04 AM

    At last webcam images automatically update in bubbles. No longer any need for hacks using layers.

    Enviado por: Phil at 4 de Noviembre 2006 a las 06:15 AM

    How do I get altitude on the clouds overlay? I right clicked the overlay in my "Places" and selected properties, but see no place to adjust altitude.

    Enviado por: Mark Traphagen at 4 de Noviembre 2006 a las 02:20 PM

    I just bought Google Earth plus (for those features) the day before this came out. :D hopefully plus gets some more features to add value.

    Enviado por: Peter at 4 de Noviembre 2006 a las 03:14 PM

    Great!!! I'll install immediately

    Enviado por: raimondo at 6 de Noviembre 2006 a las 11:26 AM

    Very good how do you go through the clouds?

    Enviado por: Michael Whitlock at 5 de Diciembre 2006 a las 04:35 PM

    the computer wouldn't let me install google earth four

    Enviado por: khurm at 6 de Febrero 2007 a las 03:18 PM

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