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New StreetView maps in Google Maps

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 12:40 pm on Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Google has just released a great new feature in Google Maps – streetview. It’s very similar to the old “A9 Maps” that Amazon had, but quite a bit more slick. Just go to Google Maps and click on the “Street View” button at the top near the normal “Map”, “Hybrid”, and “Satellite” buttons. So far it’s available in five cities – San Francisco, Las Vegas, Denver, Miami and New York.

For more info check out Frank Taylor’s detailed post at gearthblog.

Heading to Where 2.0 and Google Developer Day

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 9:11 pm on Sunday, May 27, 2007

Just letting you know that I’m heading out tomorrow morning for the Where 2.0 conference and then Google Developer Day. Should be a fun time.  Frank Taylor at the Google Earth Blog has more information about what good stuff might come out of the developer day.
If you’re gonna be out there at either event, find me and say hi. E-mail me if you’d like to try to meet in person.


Finally got a SpaceNavigator – and you should too!

Filed under: Software Updates — by at 10:42 pm on Thursday, May 17, 2007

It’s taken long enough, but I finally got a 3DConnexionSpaceNavigator” for Google Earth.  All I can say is “wow”.  This thing is great!

The best way I can describe it is that it makes Google Earth fun again – like it was back when I first discovered it.  I’m finding myself flying around all of the same places I looked at when I first discovered GE (various houses I’ve lived in, etc), simply because it’s so fun just to fly.

Frank Taylor over at the Google Earth Blog did a nice write-up of it back in November that gives more detail about it.  Go read his review of it and then go buy one for yourself!


New version of GE released!

Filed under: Site News — by at 9:55 pm on Wednesday, May 9, 2007

As announced by Google Earth Blog, Google has released the beta version of Google Earth 4.1 today.  Among the enhancements:

SpaceNavigator support for the Mac.  The very cool 3D SpaceNavigator device now works in GE on the Mac.

Tips. When you first open GE, you’ll get a “tips” window.  Very helpful for beginners.

Starting Location. A new “starting location” is added to your My Places folder, based on what country version of GE you’re using.

View in Google Maps. A simple button has been added to show your current view in Google Maps.  Very slick!

New installation process and new languages. The installer is a bit different and GE 4.1 now supports Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Korean, Arabic and Czech.

You can download this new version on the official Google Earth download page.

Have fun!