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May 9, 2007

Google Earth 4.1 Adds Homepage, Maps Integration

Google Earth 4.1 brings the option to add a start location (or a homepage, if you like) as a placemark. There's also a button for viewing the current location in Google Maps, in case you want to share something interesting with a friend or to add a link in your site. Google Earth Blog shares some details:
At the top of Google Earth, where the tool icons appear, you see a new icon at the right which looks like a "map" - this button enables the new "View in Google Maps" option. When you click on it, it opens your browser window and shows you the same view in Google Maps. Finally, simple button interface to Google Maps from within Google Earth! One difference is that Google Maps is always oriented north up, and you can't zoom as close as in Google Earth.

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  1. I've tried Google Earth before, and it's really a great way to see the world without leaving your own room. I loved being able to zoom into places and see pictures of the area. My only wish is that they will add more places and pictures there so that the users will be able to see the lesser-known areas. But as it is, I'm pretty satisfied with the program, and I also love the Wikipedia articles on some places. If there will be more articles and information on tourist spots and night-life, then Google Earth will become more than a map tool; it may also turn out to be a way for people to explore places they consider traveling to. :)

  2. Grr... you are teasing me with a screenshot. I live in a city 200km from Kolkata (Asansol)and Google Earth hasnt yet added any maps for my city yet!

  3. Not exactly new... In older versions it's called 'default' and I've been using it for a long time. 'Default' is just a placemark like any other, and you can easily change the location it points to.