The download isn’t available yet, but Google Earth version 4.3 will be out later today. We’ll let you know when it starts to become available. Some of the notable features:
- StreetView – As we predicted a few weeks ago, StreetView will finally arrive in Google Earth. The images will be shown using the “Photo Viewer”.
- New navigation system – The way you navigate in Google Earth has been changed to better support a 3D environment. The view will automatically tilt to horizontal as you zoom in, and your speed will be based on absolute height rather than relative height.
- Image acquisition dates – The bottom of the screen will now show how old a particular piece of imagery is. Some will be accurate to the day, others to the month and some will simply show the year. This is a feature that a lot of people have wanted, so it’s great to see it coming.
- Revamped 3D rendering system – They’ve updated the way 3D cities are rendered and added many more of them. It sounds like it will work similar to Virtual Earth, where low-res buildings load first, and they gradually become higher quality as you zoom toward them.
- Flash support for the Mac – This means things like the YouTube layer, the Google Earth MMORPG and other Flash-based items will now work on a Mac!
- Sunlight – You can now turn the sun on and off, and use the time-lapse feature to move it around. Hills and mountains will cast shadows on the ground, though 3D buildings will not.
- New languages – Google Earth will now be available in 12 new languages — Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English (UK), Spanish, Finnish, Hebrew, Indonesian, Portuguese, Romanian, Thai and Turkish.
It sounds like it will be an awesome update. We can’t wait to get our hands on it!