Google Earth

September 8, 2008

For those of you who haven’t already taken one of its virtual tours, Google Earth is a pretty wild ride. By referencing satellite imagery of the entire planet, it allows you to enter an address and zoom from space right down into actual aerial images of your street in your city . Thanks to a handy "layers" feature, you can check out aerial views of restaurants, hospitals, banks, and other resources in a given area, or check things like housing prices, crime statistics, postal code boundaries, and dozens of other stats for the selected zone. But the coolest part? Google Earth features 3-D terrain mapping, which you can use to fly through the Grand Canyon or a block full of Manhattan skyscrapers to check out the terrain

The idea is simple. It’s a globe that sits inside your Mac. You point and zoom to anyplace on the planet that you want to explore. Satellite images and local facts zoom into view. Tap into Google search to show local points of interest and facts. Zoom to a specific address to check out an apartment or hotel. View driving directions and even fly along your route. Version 4.3 adds day and night lighting, Street View, more 3D models, and faster rendering speeds. Version 4.3.7284.3916 includes unspecified updates.

Download Google Earth Pro for Windows or Mac.

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