Google Earth 4.2 Release Notes Available

Finally! Two weeks after GE 4.2 is released, the release notes are available. If you go to “Help->Release Notes” inside GE 4.2 you will be taken to the release notes web page. The big news here is another little sleeper: the new license agreement for Google Earth Free and Plus allows them to be used in a business setting (at least that’s my interpretation).
I don’t see any other major new things not already discovered by the community at large. Anyway, read the rest of the post for the main elements of the release notes (with some highlights provided by me):

Changes in Version 4.2.0180:

  • Added Traditional Chinese language support
  • Sky viewing mode, including search and high-resolution astronomical images
  • Photo navigation and placement modes, including high-resolution tiled photo support
  • Embed tag with Flash in placemark balloons (Windows only)
  • Icon palette changed to match Google Maps
  • End User License Agreement moved from the installer to the download page
  • Expanded terms of service for Free and Plus products
  • Embedded flight simulator
  • Support for KML gallery

KML 2.2 Support:

  • Reference elements inside KML files with the feature anchor syntax
  • New <Camera> element to specify viewing parameters
  • New <PhotoOverlay> element for rectangular, cylindrical, and spherical images
  • New <ResourceMap> element in <Model> for better control of <Model> textures (replaces the textures.txt file)
  • New <maxSessionLength> element of <NetworkLinkControl>
  • <ExtendedData> for balloon templating
  • Full list of changes at code.google.com/apis/kml/documentation

Major Fixes:

  • Improved COLLADA importing
  • Allow larger and zero values for icon size, label size, line width
  • Garmin USB GPS device support fixed for Mac OS X 10.4.10
  • Numerous translation improvements

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



Comments

  1. W Johnson says:

    I cannot find pointer elevation on the map any more.

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