Google let loose with Earth version 4.3 today and overall the application seems to load a little faster and feels even smoother than before.
The most noticeable change is the redesigned navigation tools which now have a classier look and also take up less room in the interface.
Another something new is a button that adds a daylight/dark layer to the globe with a slider to move time across the map. Very cool.
In this edition the coders have also added the Street View feature from their web-based maps which allows you to see street-level photographs from major cities.
With the layer turned on, you’ll see a camera icon on cities that have this feature. We’re still waiting for the DC pictures to be added.
I haven’t had time to peek into all the corners of the new edition but I’m sure the Google folks have some hidden gems in there. They always do.
And since I’ll be doing another Earth workshop later in the month, I guess I’d better start digging.