December 4, 2010

Google Earth 6

I write a lot about Google Earth in this blog, as it is still one of my favorite mapping visualization tools, especially for geocaching. This post is no exception, as I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Google Earth 6 was released this week. One of the enhancements in this new version is the inclusion of 3D trees and easier access to historical imagery:

But the best part is the new and much improved Street View interface. As stated on the Google Earth website,  "Fly from outer space down to the streets with the new Street View and easily navigate your way around. Switch to ground-level view to see the same location in 3D." The following video describes the enhancements better than words can:

Once you've loaded your caches into Google Earth (using either a GSAK macro if you have it, or simply loading a downloaded GPX file right from, you can virtually drive right up to a cache and do everything but sign the log:

Cache On!

1 comment:

Just John said...

Cool! I love using it to go peek at neighborhoods that I used to live in.

The integration of street view is neat. I'm not sure how to insert a .gpx file, but I'll keep tinkering with it. Thanks for the tip!