More Earth for the Mac

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 10:49 AM

Posted by: John Gardiner, Technical Writer, Google Earth team, and Rose Yao, Mac Product Manager

Late last week, Google released an updated beta version of Google Earth 4 for Mac OS X (and some other platforms). For those of you who love Google Earth, this release includes a number of neat new features and enhancements:

Performance improvements: we've made 3-D models (such as those created in SketchUp or imported from the 3D warehouse) load more quickly and more realistically.

Paths and polygons: a very cool advanced feature -- and now it's in the FREE version.

Altitude: This is useful for overlays such as weather radar images where you want to see the image from directly above, but also want to look at the ground imagery from an angle. It's also good if you're going on a hike and want to pick an easier path :).

And as usual, we're trying to improve the Google Earth experience with new icons, printing functionality, and more. Check it out!