Google Earth 6 now taking realism in the virtual globe to the next level with two new features:
- “Integrated Street View” – You can now use Street View just like in Google Maps by dragging the pegman icon. “To view street-level imagery for a specific location, zoom into an area at an altitude of approx. 500km. You’ll see a pegman icon appear at the top right below the navigation controls. Click and drag the icon across the 3D viewer. A blue border will appear around roads that have street-level imagery available.
- “3D Trees” layer includes 3D models for city parks (San Francisco, Chicago, Tokio, Athens) and remote forests (Amazon Forest). This first release of 3D trees in Earth includes more than 80 million trees to study and explore.
To enjoy these leafy additions to Earth, make sure you turn on 3D buildings layer on the left side panel. As a starting point, try a search for “Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco.” Once you arrive at your destination, click the zoom slider. You’ll then be taken down to the ground where you can use our new ground-level navigation to walk among the trees.
- “Historical imagery”: When you fly to an area where historical imagery is available, the date of the oldest imagery will appear in the status bar at the bottom of the screen. If you click this date, you’ll instantly be taken back in time to view imagery from that time period. You can then browse through all the historical imagery available for that location, or simply close the time control and return to the default view.
- Earth 6 also adds ground-level navigation that lets you explore 3D buildings and 3D trees, 3D measurements for heights and widths of buildings and a much better Tour Recorder that improves motion fidelity.