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16 de Diciembre 2006

New Google Earth 4 beta - 16-December-2006

Google has just released the latest beta for Google Earth 4 today (December 16th). Windows and Linux - version 4.0.2693, Mac - version 4.0.2694. Here are the release notes posted by 'ink_polaroid' at the GEC. Note: there are some great improvements in here. Also, the new touring feature mentioned is really cool. It will automatically pop up placemark description bubbles as you tour through each placemark. This gives you an almost script-like presentation capability.

Release notes:
  • Progress indicator for loading network links and models
  • Real-time GPS tracking using NMEA (Plus, Pro and EC)
  • Greatly improved performance for collada models (textured buildings)
  • Tours can display balloons (Tools->Options... then "Touring" tab)
  • Driving directions and touring allow a greater range for typed values
  • Mac movie-maker supports many more compression formats

KML notes:

  • Icon palettes are deprecated (no more root:// for the styles)
  • Improved performance on network link hierarchies

Major fixes since last beta:

  • Improved compatibility on shared memory architecture ATI graphics cards with older graphics card drivers
  • Improved success rate of log in over unreliable connections
  • Fixed offline mode in Pro
  • Numerous GPS fixes (including GPX import)
The bug which affected the Blue Marble Add-on has been fixed. I will be posting a new version which won't require the little hack I had developed to fix the bug.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 16 de Diciembre 2006 a las 02:52 PM

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  • Comentarios

    What about Linux's version?

    Enviado por: Dawid H. at 16 de Diciembre 2006 a las 05:29 PM

    There are two very nice fixes to network links!

    First, previously, if a network link was set to refresh on a time interval, unchecking and rechecking the network link would also trigger a refresh. Thankfully, the latest version simply hides and then shows the contents of the link.

    Second, previously, if a network link was set to refresh on a change of view, and if you moved the earth while the refresh was happening, GE would download the data for the first screen position. You would not get any data for the final screen position. Now, if the earth is moved during a refresh, GE stops the refresh and then restarts it when the movement stops. The result is that you always get the data for the screen you are looking at.

    These changes are most welcome.

    Enviado por: Bill Clark at 17 de Diciembre 2006 a las 02:47 AM

    Apparently they still haven't fixed the anisotropic filtering bug with overlays... so I'm not very impressed ;)

    Enviado por: Jon at 17 de Diciembre 2006 a las 05:17 AM

    Seamlessly installed in GE+4 but now the main screen no longer shows either the Globe or the Navigation Bars. Just a field of stars. A bug perhaps?

    Enviado por: Cary at 17 de Diciembre 2006 a las 11:50 AM

    I don't see where to download the new beta 4 verison, it just shows June 12 update.

    Enviado por: John Sapyta at 17 de Diciembre 2006 a las 12:53 PM

    I am having issues while printing. While printing, rectangular areas are left blank in the printout????

    Enviado por: Ted at 28 de Diciembre 2006 a las 11:56 AM

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