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9 de Enero 2007

Google Earth 4 Officially Released

Google Earth 4 ScreenshotGoogle Earth 4 is officially released! The beta program began 6 months ago, and now almost exactly 1 year after GE 3 was released, GE 4 is no longer in beta (latest version is 4.0.2722). See the Google Earth home page for details, or just go download GE 4 now. GE 4 has many new features not available in the earlier version. Many of the features have been described in this blog over the past few months. Here are some highlights and why you should definitely consider upgrading.

New Google Earth 4 features:

  • 3D Models - GE 4 supports a new format which allows for models which have textures. It also supports the new 3D buildings layer. The official release of GE includes lots of optimizations to improve 3D viewing.
  • Time Animation - the new time slider appears when KML content has been stamped with time. Read about the new time feature. And, here is a list of the top ten time animations done in 2006 for GE 4.
  • New Look - GE 4 has a much cleaner look than GE 3. It devotes more attention to the main 3D view, and has a new navigation gadget which appears in the upper right corner. There are too many enhancements to list them all. Some notable ones are: Support for radio buttons in KML, network link icons animate when loading, new organized menus, and more GE Options.
  • Controllers - Support for joystick controllers and flight simulator yokes. And, best of all, the new SpaceNavigator (Windows only at the moment, but a Mac driver soon).
  • Regions - GE 4 supports very large image overlays which can be "tiled" or "regionated" so you can view the full detail as you zoom in. See the "Rumsey Historical Maps" in the "Featured Content" layer for an excellent example of this powerful feature.

If you have been following this blog during the past six months, and have been keeping up with the numerous beta releases, you may have seen many of the new features. But, there is so much new content and so many new layers, even I haven't seen everything. Either way, make sure you have the new release and have fun! Thanks to Google and its fantastic Google Earth team for all the hard work!

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 9 de Enero 2007 a las 12:42 PM

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  • Comentarios

    Interesting, Linux version is 4.0.2723, and has been that for a few days now.

    Enviado por: Pasi Savolainen at 9 de Enero 2007 a las 03:21 PM

    I'm suprised that it's not mentioned that Earth4 vastly widens the number of GPSes supported. Between the new realtime tracking, the new Magellan Explorist support, and nearly tripling the number of Garmins supported, it's a big step forward in GPS support.

    Enviado por: Robert Lipe at 9 de Enero 2007 a las 07:37 PM

    It's great that google came up with this tool. As a realtor i can show my clients the exact location of the property they want to acquire.

    Enviado por: julius at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 07:20 AM

    What an amazing tool.
    Remember when it was a 3rd party program "Keyhole" where you overflew earth in a space shuttle.

    Enviado por: trevor Nohcudg at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 09:03 AM

    This software from Google is excellent. I'm glad they are finally out of beta. I'm also happy that Google always has a Mac version of there software, at least most of the time.

    Enviado por: Edwin at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 09:47 AM

    Great news! I am browsing digg for the first time and the site looks a log informative!

    Enviado por: Abdel at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 09:56 AM

    This is awesome but it seems undercapitalized. Where is the handheld device with a built in GPS and broadband access? Seems to me that such a thing would be the ultimate advertising vehicle.


    1. On my way home from work I want to pick up some Indian food but have no idea if there are any Indian food restaurants on the way.

    2. Walking around as a visitor in a foreign city I can plan my travel to include shops, food, art, hotels, airports, etc.

    I also want:

    3. Addition of real-time data like the location of city buses and their routes, traffic, airport delays and flight info, the length of the checkout line at grocery stores, etc. . .

    4. AI style algorithms to help wade through the mountain of data - i.e. find the cheapest gallon of milk on the way home from work so long as the checkout line is under two minutes.

    Just giving my two cents as a consumer. The google-earth guys are geniuses and I'm sure this stuff is on the way. I see google-earth as the advertising infrastructure that will replace the yellow-pages.

    Enviado por: Sam at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 10:41 AM

    Still very poor rendering of many places in Europe, Inverness in particular, and of Loch Ness and area.

    Obviously a U.S. based company developed this program, as the focus is on the US and places it consideres important.


    Enviado por: WriterWriter at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 10:53 AM

    Anybody working on integrating the Topographic maps from the Internet archive with it.
    I used some Park maps, from the local Park services, which are based on topo maps and combined/corrected (to many switch backs and distortion through print) them with satellite pictures to create some running maps for friends. It's nice to have an idea that you have to run up to 9000 feet before you have to run it all the way down again.

    Enviado por: ronald at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 10:55 AM

    I do agree that it is kind of sad that Google Earth focuses mainly on US destinations. Things like 3D buildings seems like a headline feature that television shows will talk about. People will be disappointed to see that unless they live in New York or California, they don't have 3D building data.

    Why hasn't Google expanded their efforts to collect data? While in every bit amazing, Google Earth still leaves lots of room for improvement in the quality of the data.

    Enviado por: Alex at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 12:33 PM

    Wow, it keeps getting better!

    Enviado por: mark at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 12:49 PM

    There is already a plugin that adds USGS topo support (rerieved from Terraserver), just search around for it.

    [Edit: You could search for "topo" on GEB. Here's information on a good one:



    Enviado por: Jeff Dafoe at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 12:54 PM

    @ WriterWriter and Alex,

    What do you expect?! This program is free-- you pay *nothing* for it!

    If you want, there are numerous services out there that do what you want, _for a fee_. If you really want that stuff, GO PAY FOR IT! Google in no way owes you any features, and the resources to execute a worldwide 3d scan and hi-res photo repository would be astronomical!

    And really, the area around Loch Ness? It's "google.com," first not "google.co.uk"

    Enviado por: zach at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 02:14 PM

    "Obviously a U.S. based company developed this program, as the focus is on the US and places it consideres important.


    Maybe if people in wherever you lived got off your lazy ***es and did something you would have something just as neat.

    "Still very poor rendering of many places in Europe, Inverness in particular, and of Loch Ness and area. "

    Google doesn't take the satellite photographs. It's something that has allready been done.

    Enviado por: Tim at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 02:38 PM

    well done Google :D

    Enviado por: iphone at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 02:53 PM

    "And really, the area around Loch Ness? It's "google.com," first not "google.co.uk""

    .com does NOT mean an American website. .com is used for websites from anywhere in the world. .us is for American sites.

    If you go to google.com, you would realise that google.com is the international site, with no mention of being an American-localised Google (such as google.co.uk).

    Enviado por: jon at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 05:26 PM

    A far greater percentage of the United Kingdom's land area is covered with high-resolution imagery than of the United States' land area. On the European mainland, two ENTIRE COUNTRIES are covered from border to border with high resolution imagery (Germany and the Netherlands).

    Anyone who decries Google Earth as "US centric" (on imagery coverage grounds, at least) is just pissed because their hometown isn't covered. Try looking a little further afield guys :P

    Enviado por: J at 10 de Enero 2007 a las 11:53 PM

    Haven't tried google earth for absolutely ages, but this version seems to have a lot more strange graphics glitches, like hokey textures, popping and so on. Also think the textures load somewhat slower. Might be someone leaching my wifi connection though.

    Enviado por: Biggles at 11 de Enero 2007 a las 05:54 AM

    Listen to yourselves! "It doesn't show MY neighborhood with uber high quality!"

    1) Google does not take these pictures, they are just using existing data.

    2) My neighborhood in the US doesn't have high res images either.

    3) It's FREE people!! Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

    \\That is all.

    Enviado por: M at 11 de Enero 2007 a las 03:14 PM

    I have got a post in german in my blog about this matter.

    Enviado por: baynado at 12 de Enero 2007 a las 07:25 AM

    i am from Maldives.
    thanks for the great work.
    i realy enjoy the google earth.
    is it posible for us to get the pictures of SHAVIYANI ATLL full coverage.

    Rilwan Adam

    Enviado por: Rilwan Adam at 10 de Febrero 2007 a las 01:28 PM

    Its GREAT!!!!!! That's it.

    Enviado por: vibha at 19 de Febrero 2007 a las 06:58 AM

    hey google this is so cool all u need now is to be able to look inside of the biuldings ........lol........

    Enviado por: KK at 27 de Marzo 2007 a las 06:43 PM

    me from Pakistan
    I am so lucky to have Google Earth. I think this is only one option that makes me able to see geagraphical areas all over the world. It 's too lovely to see all the places where belonging people living.
    I can see our beloved Places Like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, UK and too many other.
    Simply It's Great thing

    Enviado por: Muhammad Irfan at 30 de Marzo 2007 a las 03:29 AM

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