The highly anticipated Google Earth is now here.. users can now "fly" to a location using this very popular geospatial search engine.
The utility, available via free download boasts the following functionality:
Fly from space to your neighborhood. Type in an address and zoom right in.
Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions.
Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings.
Save and share your searches and favorites. Even add your own annotations.
Beffore you download and try for youself you can check out some demo shots made available from Google... Eiffel Tower, or the Lincoln Memorial
Jump to http://earth.google.com/index.html for the full effect and try for yourself. Those of you that are really impressed by the service might consider Google Earth Plus - Google Earth Plus is an optional upgrade adding GPS device support, the ability to import spreadsheets, drawing tools and better printing.
Suggested cfg: (Source: Google)
Operating system: Windows XP
CPU speed: Intel® Pentium® P4 2.4GHz+ or AMD 2400xp+
System memory (RAM): 512MB
2GB hard-disk space
3D graphics card: 3D-capable video card with 32MB VRAM or greater
1280x1024, 32-bit true color screen
Network speed: 128 kbps ("Broadband/Cable Internet")