Google Earth 6 released, with 3D trees!

By on November 29, 2010, 4:08 PM
Google has introduced Google Earth 6, adding a number of significant upgrades and improvements. Most importantly, Street View has been more deeply integrated into Google Earth and users can now fly from space to the street wherever Google has Street View imagery. To do so, pick up the little Pegman icon docked right alongside the navigation controls and drop him wherever you see a highlighted blue road.

Google has also added more historical imagery, which allows users to see earlier photography of the same location on a timeline (from 1945 to the present). Furthermore, it's now easier to spot said imagery: when you fly to an area where it is available, the date of the oldest imagery will appear in the status bar as a clickable option at the bottom of the screen.

Last but not least, Google Earth now has 3D trees to make its environments more realistic. Google says dozens of species of trees are represented in a number of 3D-modeled parks and public places. The search giant has planted more than 80 million virtual trees in places such as Athens, Berlin, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Tokyo, with more to come.





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Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

WOW! 3D Trees...

(Sarcasm alert)

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Benny26 said:

WOW! 3D Trees...

(Sarcasm alert)

+1,000,000,000,000,000

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

rendering the whole world in 3d is going to have to be done in stages.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Isn't the real world in 3D anyway....?

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Wonder how much they paid Unreal for their engine to do this.

Cota Cota said:

great, now they have to photograph every tree of the world xD

Guest said:

wow i can't wait for the "axe men" plugin

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

captaincranky said:

Isn't the real world in 3D anyway....?

It may even be more than 3D, but google is just doing some catching up

bugejakurt said:

i just installed google earth 6 and there are no 3d trees.... lol.

Guest said:

Now with more fiber

edison5do said:

i assume this have some Paralel computing, because that randering made by your CPU while catchin data from the web, they should leave that to the GPU instead, if it is that way It would be faster to load... My thinkin..

pasqualech said:

Amazing!! it makes me feel as if I am there...

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