Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Jun 2006 12:17 UTC, submitted by fish
Google Google has released a beta version of Google Earth 4, which runs on all the three major platforms. "We got so excited around here about the first anniversary of Google Earth that we decided to celebrate a bit early. Beginning today, you can download a brand new version, Google Earth 4. Running on OS X? Feel the love. Prefer Linux? Ditto. Yes, we're releasing simultaneously for PC, Mac (universal binary for full performance on both Intel and PowerPC based Macs) and for the first time ever, native support for popular Linux distributions." They have also seriously increased the amount of high-res images, so that now about 20% of the world's landmass is in high-res. Including my hometown, Warmenhuizen [.kmz].
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RE: Useless
by ratatask on Tue 13th Jun 2006 20:21 UTC in reply to "Useless"
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Which wheel did they reinvent ?
About the only (non toy) likes of google earth is NASA World Winds, and they appeard about the same time.

Use ? Well it's FUN isn't it. Fun things have their use.
Other than that, it's useful for education, real estate prospects. They have enterprise editions which will make it useful for just about any users of GIS - they can import their own information on top of Google Earth (think metrolgists for one - sure they can find use of a mapping tool ?). Useful for route planning.
Have you ever seen a globus ? - they can be useful. So can Google Earth for the very same reasons.

And let's not forget government spying ;)

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