NEW 3D Earth View Option Available in Google Maps

If you are familiar with Google Earth then you are familiar with the data-rich 3D imagery and terrain that Google Earth is capable of.

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Recently the Official Google Blog announced that there is now a view option available on Google Maps called Earth that uses the same 3D power of Google Earth.

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Once you visit Google Maps and select the Earth option you will be prompted to download a browser plugin. The browser plugin, once downloaded and installed, enables you to navigate and explore geographic data in a three-dimensional view; just like the standalone software version of Google Earth. The browser version is somewhat limited and does not have the additional functionality (other options) that the standalone version has; however, the ability to explore the earth in 3D detail in your web browser is nothing but sensational and is an excellent addon to Google Maps.

A TIP to using the Google Earth View option: When navigating the location you select, hold down the “Shift key and Left Mouse Button” to change the vertical field of view to a horizontal field of view (similar to what you would see in a flight simulator).

System Requirements

The Google Earth Plugin is currently available for the following operating systems and web browsers:

Microsoft Windows (2000, XP, Vista, and 7)

  • Google Chrome 1.0+
  • Internet Explorer 7+ (32-bit)
  • Firefox 2.0+
  • Flock 1.0+

Apple Mac OS X 10.4 and higher (Intel and PowerPC)

  • Safari 3.1+
  • Firefox 3.0+

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