News Roundup – Fixes for Windows Vista, Airshows, FBOWeb update, Photos with Search

  • Fixes for Windows Vista – A new version of Google Earth is available for Windows – V4.0.2742. This release is primarily to address some issues with Windows Vista. No new version for the Mac. And, no new features.
  • Airshows – I missed this post at the Google Earth Community by Google and Big Moving Pictures (which makes the big jumbotron TV screens seen at sporting events and airshows). They announced the availability of a Google Earth calendar of placemarks showing the locations of North American Military Airshows for 2007 . There are two versions of the placemarks available in the file, one which lets you use the time slider to show the movement of the shows over the course of the year.
  • FBOWeb update – FBOWeb has updated their very cool Google Earth 3D flight tracking utilities. See the demo page here. In addition to being able to track all inbound flights to 8 major airports in the US, track a specific flight, and you can also see special 3D tracks and other information for recent aircraft incidents (crashes, near crashes, etc.). For more information on the flight tracking, read this previous blog post. This is cool stuff, if you haven’t seen it, check it out.
  • Photos with Search – Google released a new feature for searches with Google Maps about two weeks ago. When you search for businesses, you can now get related photos. For example, if you search for “Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA” you not only get the address, phone number, and web site, but also a photo. Click on “More Info” and you get tabs of information including 16 photos, 2 reviews and hundreds of web pages. My hope is that Google will implement the same capabilities in a future update to Google Earth so the information is consistent on both platforms. via Blogoscoped.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Using windows VISTA borders are not aligned with the land masses when Google Earth is started Is this a VISTA issue.

  2. Mike Norris says:

    I have managed to download Google Earth on Windows Vista home basic after all else failed.
    Open homepage — Download latest Adobe flash player– Then download Modzilla Firefox, keeping your own home page — Reboot — Open homepage then open Modzilla — Let it take over the running of the homepage — Download Google Earth (twice) run and open the google earth programme.
    Then reboot.– You might have two Google Earth Icons on screen- one usually has a Windows defender emblem over it. Right click on this one and delete it.
    The other icon then works perfectly. Double click left cursor (You don’t need to use Modzilla for it to run once the programme has sucessfully downloaded)

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