Google Earth gets more images, other additions

Google enhanced its snazzy Google Earth application with a new user interface and a larger index of satellite images.

Google has upgraded one of its flashier products, the Google Earth mapping application, with a revamped user interface and a larger index of images, the Mountain View, California, company said Monday.

Google Earth is one of the company's most successful products, garnering acclaim from users and industry observers alike. There have been more than 100 million unique downloads of the application in the past year.

The free, downloadable application taps into a multiterabyte database of satellite images and, with a video-game-like interface, lets users travel around the world, virtually flying from destination to destination and zooming in and out of cities.

Google acquired the software in 2004 when it bought Keyhole. The Google Earth product family also includes more advanced, fee-based versions of the free application designed for commercial uses.

On Monday, Google announced that Google Earth's index of high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery has been quadrupled. Google Maps, the online mapping service, will begin tapping into this expanded index soon. This, in turn, will benefit the Google Local business-listings search service with which Google Maps is tightly integrated.

Meanwhile, the more streamlined user interface includes new tools to create and display content generated by users and external applications. This is a nod to the now popular practice among Internet companies of encouraging users and external developers to extend their services and products with contributions such as plug-ins, applications, tags and reviews.

For the first time, Google Earth is now available for the Linux operating system, in addition to Windows and Mac OS. And it now comes in Spanish, Italian, German and French versions.

Also new in Google Earth is support for the creation of textured building drawings with the Google SketchUp application for creating, viewing and modifying 3D images.

Lastly, Google has updated its Google Maps application programming interface (API) to tie address data into applications that use Google Maps. Meanwhile, Google also unveiled a fee-based license for businesses interested in tapping Google Maps for Web or internal applications.

The Google Earth upgrade, version 4 of the application, is being released in beta, or test, form, at http://earth.google.com. Google Maps API information is at http://www.google.com/apis/maps/.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?