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Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to

put the worldGGé¼Gäós geographic information at your fingertips. Fly from space to your
neighborhood. Type in an address and zoom right in. Search for schools, parks, r
estaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions. Tilt and rotate the view to see
3D terrain and buildings. Save and share your searches and favorites. Even add y
our own annotations.
Google Earth lets you do smooth sailing flybyes of the entire Earth. You can eas
ily fly to any spot on the globe, by entering any associated data, like street a
ddresses, place names or lat/long coordinates. There are overlays that put addit
ional information on the map, like roads, international boundaries, terrain, 3D
buildings, crime statistics, schools, stadiums, any number of interesting stuff.
You can do Local searches in the program, with icons on the map and a display o
n the side showing your results.
You can leave notes, called "placemarks" all over the map, so you can remember w
here all sorts of places are. Searches and placemarks can be saved as bookmarks
in "My Places". Everything can be output in an XML format called KML, that will
allow the vast popularity of Google Maps to continue in Earth. You can also emai
l a JPEG of the map, or send a KMZ file if you know the recipient has Earth inst
- Sophisticated streaming technology delivers the data to you as you need it.
- Imagery and 3D data depict the entire earth - Terabytes of aerial and satellit
e imagery depict cities around the world in high-resolution detail.
- Local search lets you search for restaurants, hotels, and even driving directi
ons. Results show in your 3D earth view. Easy to layer multiple searches, save r
esults to folders, and share with others.
- Layers show parks, schools, hospitals, airports, retail, and more.
- Overlays GGé¼GÇ£ import site plans, design sketches and even scanned blueprints.
- Annotate the view with lines and polygons.
- Spreadsheet import - ingest up to 2,500 locations by address or lat/lon.
- KML GGé¼GÇ£ data exchange format let your share useful annotations.
Use it for:
- Planning a trip
- Getting driving directions
- Finding a house or apartment
- Finding a local business
- Exploring the world
Recommended configuration:
- Operating system: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista
- CPU speed: Intel-« Pentium-« P4 2.4GHz+ or AMD 2400xp+
- System memory (RAM): 512MB
- 2GB hard-disk space
- 3D graphics card: 3D-capable video card with 32MB VRAM or greater
- 1280x1024, 32-bit true color screen
- Network speed: 128 kbps ("Broadband/Cable Internet")