Google has now enhanced search in Google Earth 6.2 making it even more powerful and easy to use. “We’ve added features that Google Earth previously didn’t have, like transit directions and search layers. And we’ve made sure that underneath these shiny new features, you still have access to the power and flexibility of KML,” informs Google.
For metropolitan areas supported by Google Transit, like using the transit directions search on Google Maps to plan a trip — now “you can do the same thing in 3D with Google Earth by just selecting “Get Directions” and entering your endpoints, then by choosing the train icon at the top of the search results for public route instructions,” Google informs.
Adding, “You can also click on any of the transit stations or stops to fly there. Be sure to turn on 3D buildings – some train stations are really quite pretty! You’ll also notice icons for walking and biking directions, so if you’ve ever wanted to go on a virtual tour of your next cycling excursion, or find out just how steep that hill is before you commit to the journey, now you can,” Google said.
Google Maps Search layers also recently made their way to Google Earth. Google has also streamlined the look and feel of the search interface, removing tabs and consolidating all the search fields together into one (just like Google Search).
“Search layers enable you to see all the results of your search on the map at once, not just the top ten, making it easy to find clusters of certain types of businesses like fast food restaurants or coffee shops.”
“Search in Google Earth is now much more than a pretty face, though. Just beneath the surface lies the powerful KML language, which you can use to take full control of your searches. Right-click on any search listing to save it to My Places or copy it as KML text, or click one of the icons below the search results to save or copy everything all at once. Save your walking directions to My Places and start a tour of the route to get turn-by-turn directions from the comfort of your chair,” Google explains.
You can also click on “History” below the search field to see all of your recent searches at once, and selectively hide and show results to get, say, a picture of the top ten hotels and cr