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Old July 18th, 2005, 09:48 PM   #1
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Google Earth – the newest and best satellite program?

Forget about WorldWind. Now Google has released a new satellite program that has much better resolution and runs faster on the server. It is called Google Earth, can easily be found be searching on Google and while you can see road and blurry blocks on WorldWind, you can actually see buildings, cars and the white lines on the road on Google Earth. The bad thing is that some parts are not so sharp by some reason. For example most parts of Malmö is high resolution while the east part hardly can be seen. I manage to find my house with its courtyard in Malmö.
Tokyo and Hong Kong are very sharp and high resolution, while it is hard to see anything in Shanghai. I hope that problem while be solved in the near future.
You can even see street names for most cities and for American cities you can see hotels, restaurants etc. For American cities there is also a function called 3D buildings.

Experienced so far: Malmö, Lund, Stockholm, Göteborg, New York, Atlanta, Pyongyang, Bagdad, Kabul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Birmingham AL, Seattle, Portland, London, Paris, Copenhagen, Prague, Köln, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Köln, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington DC.











Post your comments and shots about the program in this thread!
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Old July 18th, 2005, 10:49 PM   #2
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well it been out for a month now and i recomend everyone download it. Its 10 MB and free

http://earth.google.com/
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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:00 PM   #3
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this thing is AMAZING. Within two minutes or less I was in NYC, Paris, London, Austin and Mexico City, all at great to fairly-great resolution...and it tilts too...amazing!
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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:10 PM   #4
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i've downloaded this last week but only today i tried the 3d version, also, click on 'terrain', it's like a giant flight simulator!
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Old July 19th, 2005, 07:07 PM   #5
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You can look at Taipei, and some part of Beijing in a very high resolution.
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Old July 20th, 2005, 03:30 AM   #6
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too bad only São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia have high resolutions in Brasil. But you can see entire São Paulo from up-close till you see the cars...

The most incredible thing imho is the 3D buildings in american cities.
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Old July 20th, 2005, 03:35 AM   #7
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OMG! I can see my house.
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Old July 20th, 2005, 04:15 AM   #8
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It's a fantastic program and I've been playing a while with it and I came out with these threads which were real fun :

Downtown Tampa in 3D with Google Earth.

Downtown Miami in 3D with Google Earth

Satelitales de las Capitales Latinoamericanas con el Google Earth

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Old July 20th, 2005, 04:26 AM   #9
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dammit my area hasnt been photographed in detail yet.
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Old July 20th, 2005, 04:29 PM   #10
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its great.....i love how u can go from your house to anywhere in the world in a few seconds
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Old July 20th, 2005, 05:39 PM   #11
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Its raelly good. But the thing is, I can't see anything in singapore or any other southeast asian city. I think that europe, NA and major cities around the world are shown in really great detail but some cities are left out IMO.
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Old July 20th, 2005, 07:49 PM   #12
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turn on terrain and buildings and look at Los Angeles. Incredible terrain in the metro area.
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Old July 20th, 2005, 10:56 PM   #13
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its great.....i love how u can go from your house to anywhere in the world in a few seconds
only if that place has been photographed in detail tho. which eliminates 99% of the world at the moment.
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Old July 21st, 2005, 05:12 AM   #14
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Yes ive had it for a week now really cool too bad more cities dont have 3d buildings
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Old July 21st, 2005, 05:38 AM   #15
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São Paulo main highrises area (the blacker, the denser and taller the buildings... anyone who sees lots of sat images knows that darker areas are created by the shadows of the highrises). SCROLL TO THE RIGHT!!


Paulista Avenue, main financial district of São Paulo (SCROLL TO THE RIGHT)


E-Tower area in south São Paulo city


Faria Lima/Berrini avenue and office towers, in south São Paulo city (16km south of old downtown)


São Paulo´s old downtown


Rio de Janeiro downtown


beach of the city of Santos, some 60km southeast of São Paulo city
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Old July 21st, 2005, 06:55 AM   #16
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I noticed that some of the images are 2-3 years old, any clue on when they might update them?
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Old July 21st, 2005, 05:18 PM   #17
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^ To be very honest, 2-3 year old images is worth cheering about with such a free, comprehensive, and innovative satellite/aerial software program like Earth Google. Usually when you get a hold of such free imagery, it is older. Part of my job involves working with satellite imagery (and trying to obtain it for free, wherever possible, usually via public/government agencies, and they tend to be atleast 5 years old, but more often from the early 90s. For more recent stuff and/or smaller urban centers, you have pay-up hehe. You should have seen how old Mapquest's images were when they were offering imagery in addition to maps. But somehow, this thing looks promising. I too am for as current as possible imagery
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Old July 21st, 2005, 11:15 PM   #18
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They spelled Fujiyama "Fusiyama"
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Old July 22nd, 2005, 08:08 AM   #19
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Chicago looks awesome when you turn the buildings option on.

I noticed a few other odd spellings besides just Fujiyama, especially in China.
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