Google has pushed out Google Earth 6, the latest version of its interactive digital atlas. Version 6 gets native Street View support for pavement-level browsing, along with digital 3D trees – more than 80 million trees in places such as Athens, Berlin, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Tokyo already “planted” – and better support for historical imagery.
Video demo after the cut
Interestingly, while it would’ve been straightforward for Google to simply use a single tree type, they’ve actually created digital models of several dozen species to use. The trees – which can be hidden with a menu click – will continue to populate the maps progressively as Google’s Earth team roll them out.
Street View, meanwhile, uses the mouse scroll wheel or keyboard arrow keys to navigate, unlike previous versions of the integration. As ever, Google Earth 6 is a free download for PC, Mac or Linux.
What’s New in Google Earth 6: