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Old 24-08-2008, 13:05   #1
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Cool Google Earth.

First we had “Up My Street” - http://www.upmystreet.com/ - and “Multimap” - http://www.multimap.com/ - to help us get around the country and then along came Google Maps - http://maps.google.com/ - that did the job better with a satellite image of the land where you could see actual buildings and even cars on the road and in some cases a tiny dot on a pavement that can only be a person walking.

And now we have Google Earth - http://earth.google.com/ - which wipes the floor of the others and for free too. You can upgrade to Google Earth Plus for $20 annual subscription or go for the ‘Pro’ version at a staggering $400. But you do get a 7 days free trial.

Whereas the original three were accessible via your browser Google Earth is a programme that you download from - http://earth.google.com/ - (For Mac users - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20124).

If you don’t want Google as your default search option or the Google Toolbar then untick the ticked boxes.

Then install it and fly around the world. There is no truth in the rumour that you have to sing “Come Fly With Me” whilst doing so.

N.B. The free version of Google Earth, Google Earth Plus and Google Earth Pro all share the same imagery database. Purchasing Google Earth Plus will not improve the resolution and age of the imagery; however, you will get additional capabilities and features. $20? Hmmmm! I might just splash out. After all bread and water for a week can’t be all that bad.

So how good is Google Earth? Well once you expand the UK in the window, search for BB33AU. The programme will zoom in onto Holden Fold in Darwen. On Holden Fold you will see some parked cars. One blue car (just underneath the word Fold) has some faint white markings around it. These are the marking of a disabled bay and the car is mine.

As you move your cursor around, in the bottom left hand corner you will see the longitude and latitude of where the cursor is and in the bottom right hand corner your viewing height.

For example, my flat covers the ground from 2 degrees 27’23.03 W to 2 degrees 27’23.47 W and 53 degrees 42’12.02 N to 53 degrees 42’12.53 N.

If you ‘fly ’ down to Portsmouth naval dockyard you can see warships tied up along the dockside, boats and ships in the harbour going who knows where. You get to see a “Tall Ship” and of course HMS Victory and people walking around, except that they are not moving.

You get odd glitches like a tag pointing to the Royal Naval Museum in the water. But hey! It’s free.

The images that you see are not “REAL TIME” images but were taken sometime after April 2006. How do I know? I got that car in April 2006 and the one before was red and it has been the same picture since early 2007.

It gets a bit blurry at maximum zoom but what do you expect for free?
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Old 24-08-2008, 15:10   #2
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Re: Google Earth.

Its been out for years now Jambutty, I'm sure Mick posted something similar a good while ago.

In accy teh pictures are 2005. I know becasue we were having our conservatory put up when they took teh pictures.
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Old 24-08-2008, 15:30   #3
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Cool Re: Google Earth.

I’ve known about it for about a year or so but only recently in a rare moment of nowt on TV worth watching and all my surfing done, I was doing a major tidy up of my computer when I came across Google Earth, tried it again and found that it is a lot better than I remember it.

However I splashed out on the $20 12 months license. Actually $20 isn’t too bad when you consider that it licenses TWO different computers.

There is version for Linux too at http://dl.google.com/earth/client/current/GoogleEarthLinux.bin
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Old 24-08-2008, 15:53   #4
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Re: Google Earth.

i've had Google earth on my pc for 2 years now, and it cost me NOWT cos it was already on when i got it
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Old 24-08-2008, 17:01   #5
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Don't know what version of Google Earth you've got Jambutty, but mines dated 2008 and the co-ordinates 42'12-02 x 27'23-03, put my indicator hand, slap bang on a semi's chimney stack, and the only car, is a white one overtaking a parked car.


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Old 24-08-2008, 17:06   #6
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Re: Google Earth.

Google Earth was also already on my pc, free as you like and bang up to date.
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Old 24-08-2008, 18:36   #7
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Re: Google Earth.

Don’t know if I have mentioned it before but Google Earth has a flight simulator mode. It’s not brilliant, might keep a child happy for an hour or so. Choice of two planes, will work with a joy stick or keyboard controls.

While in Google Earth if you press Ctrl + Alt + A it will enter Flight Simulator mode. You only press them the first time. Flight simulator can be found on subsequent occasions by selecting Tools > Enter Flight Simulator.

There is a bit of a guide on this Google page
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Old 24-08-2008, 18:52   #8
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Re: Google Earth.

google earth is brilliant at christmas... you can follow santa!!! and it also tells you what time he will get to your house lol
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Old 24-08-2008, 21:25   #9
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Re: Google Earth.

yes have seen your flickr pictures and theyre neat esp the animal ones
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Old 24-08-2008, 21:32   #10
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Re: Google Earth.

I just use google maps. It shows you the same stuff without and install on your PC and does travel direction as well. This is good because you can actually look at your destination on the satellite view and check it is correct.
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Old 24-08-2008, 21:42   #11
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Re: Google Earth.

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I just use google maps. It shows you the same stuff without and install on your PC and does travel direction as well. This is good because you can actually look at your destination on the satellite view and check it is correct.
Whatever you do, don’t print off your route. It prints off all the little pictures too, each junction etc… Cost me as much in ink as the trip did in petrol.

I did it the other month, just a trip to Southport to visit the bro-in-law, was just messing about to see how it compared to other route finder type sites.
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Old 24-08-2008, 22:17   #12
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I only use the directions to give me an idea of the duration time. I use my satnav to get me there
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Old 25-08-2008, 01:00   #13
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I only use the directions to give me an idea of the duration time. I use my satnav to get me there
Real men don't use satnav directions ...we know how to get to places , don't need a 'girly' satnavs.......we use real paper maps and we know how to fold them up again after use
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Old 25-08-2008, 04:57   #14
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Cool Re: Google Earth.

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Don't know what version of Google Earth you've got Jambutty, but mines dated 2008 and the co-ordinates 42'12-02 x 27'23-03, put my indicator hand, slap bang on a semi's chimney stack, and the only car, is a white one overtaking a parked car.


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When I upgraded to Plus yesterday I also downloaded the latest version:
Google Earth Plus - 4.3.7284.3916 (beta)
Build Date - Jul 8 2008

If you had included the degrees in the coordinates you will have got a different result.
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Old 25-08-2008, 05:00   #15
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Cool Re: Google Earth.

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I just use google maps. It shows you the same stuff without and install on your PC and does travel direction as well. This is good because you can actually look at your destination on the satellite view and check it is correct.
I’m old fashioned and use real paper maps if I need to travel to somewhere new.
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