If you are familiar with Google Earth then you are familiar with the data-rich 3D imagery and terrain that Google Earth is capable of.
Once you visit Google Maps and select the Earth option you will be prompted to download a browser plugin. The browser plugin, once downloaded and installed, enables you to navigate and explore geographic data in a three-dimensional view; just like the standalone software version of Google Earth. The browser version is somewhat limited and does not have the additional functionality (other options) that the standalone version has; however, the ability to explore the earth in 3D detail in your web browser is nothing but sensational and is an excellent addon to Google Maps.
A TIP to using the Google Earth View option: When navigating the location you select, hold down the “Shift key and Left Mouse Button” to change the vertical field of view to a horizontal field of view (similar to what you would see in a flight simulator).
The Google Earth Plugin is currently available for the following operating systems and web browsers:
Microsoft Windows (2000, XP, Vista, and 7)
- Google Chrome 1.0+
- Internet Explorer 7+ (32-bit)
- Firefox 2.0+
- Flock 1.0+
Apple Mac OS X 10.4 and higher (Intel and PowerPC)
- Safari 3.1+
- Firefox 3.0+