Google Earth gets snail's-eye view
Google Earth version 4.3 gives software users a street-level perspective, a feature taken from the Web-based Google Maps.
Part of the fun of Google Earth is flying over the virtual planet like Superman. But let's face it: we're ground-dwelling creatures, and the street-level view is useful, too. Even Superman has to land sometimes.
Enter Google Earth 4.3, due for release at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. Itfor a ground-level view of some areas, and a new navigation method makes the software more like a first-person video game, Google said in a statement.
The new version also lets users watch time-lapse views of sunsets and sunrises, either locally or when viewing the entire earth. It's also got faster, more realistic 3D graphics, Google said.
Google racing for 3D map supremacy against Microsoft, which has been pouring energy into its updated version-2 graphics of four cities., including a major upgrade last week. That technology also features 3D views of the planet and various cities, including