Google Earth 7 is released today, bringing the 3D images that have been available to mobile users for several months to desktop computers at last.
The new version of Google’s iconic mapping software also adds five new cities to those where 3D buildings are visible: Avignon, France; Austin, Texas; Munich and Mannheim, Germany; and Phoenix, Arizona. The existing cities are Boulder, Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Lawrence, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Seattle, Tampa, Tucson and the San Francisco Bay Area in the US, plus Rome. In all these, cities, Google Earth 7 lets you see buildings, terrain and even trees in full 3D.
Also new to Google Earth on the desktop is the mobile edition’s “tour guide” feature, which delivers detailed information on selected locations. Users will see thumbnail at the bottom of the screen identifying locations covered, and clicking one will open a virtual flyover of the area as well as offering up facts handpicked from Wikipedia. Areas covered include the Great Wall of China and Stonehenge.
As with previous versions, Google Earth 7 is free to download and available for Windows and Mac computers from here.
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