Sunday, February 17, 2008
Google Earth Virtual City Tours
For arm-chair travelers and architecture aficionados, Google Earth takes you on a virtual tour to any destination in the world. The software combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3-D buildings to put the world's geographic information in front of you. Fly to any destination - just type in an address, press Search & you’ll zoom to it. Tilt and rotate the view to see 3-D terrain and buildings or look up to explore the sky. You must download & install the free software. You can zoom in or out of a city using controls in the upper right. See an over-head view or tilt your view to ground level. Check the ‘3D Building’ box in the layers area to see vertical buildings rendered. Be careful, the controls are very sensitive. It takes some getting used to, but once you understand the controls are powerful. You can zoom by landmarks like you’re flying and control your views like you’re directing a movie. Also check out a City of London Timeline.