Google Earth, What’s New

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Recently Google launched a version of the Earth program that does not require a download.  Now you can travel the earth just by visiting the website.  In the Chrome browser, it does not work in Edge, just search for Google Earth.  Click on the link and away you go.

You can travel around the world using your mouse, arrow keys or their built-in navigation buttons.  See your home, explore a vacation spot, travel to far off lands and much more.  With the Voyager feature you can take guided tours of sites and learn facts as you go.  Voyager has a lot to offer for the inquisitive mind with links to websites, videos and more.  Keep track of the places you’ve visited with the bookmark feature.  Zoom in and out, explore in 2D and 3D views and drop into a street view where available.

There’s a lot to do in Google Earth, but if you find yourself wanting more consider downloading the desktop version.  The browser version is packed with options, but the download has even more.  In the download version you can plot trips from one point to another then fly them, travel to the stars or moon and Mars, and go back in time to old maps.  Those are just a scant few of the additional options in the desktop version.

I am really enjoying the browser version because of its ease of use.  The limited options make it less confusing and easier to navigate.  If you ever tried the desktop version and got frustrated I’d recommend the browser version to start.  I will say though that I miss the extra options of the desktop version and find myself going back to it when I can.

Keep an eye out for the fall season Smartstore Guide and sign up for a free class to get started with the desktop version of Google Earth.  In the meantime, happy travels.

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