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Google Earth 6.2: Say goodbye to the quilt effect

29 January 2012 809 views No Comment

Much better than before. Previously, the satellite imagery used in Google Earth was truly a hodgepodge mashup of photos taken on different days with different weather and, quite often, in different seasons. What else has changed? Step inside for the details and some bullet points.

This update is a big deal. Google Earth 6.2 (release notes) brings a major improvement in how images are rendered, which has greatly reduced the often patchwork nature of maps. However, although the quilt effect is gone, you will likely notice places where images are stitched/rendered together, often a easily discernible blurring or even an outright bend the images.

• Enhanced search, including support clearer local business and directions search results
• Improved imagery rendering, including Google Earth imagery is significantly more seamless, especially at higher altitudes
• Unified network stack — Google Earth now uses the same network stack for imagery, vector content, balloon content and embedded browser content
• Ability to share screenshots with your Google+ circles from within the Google Earth client
Unified Google login mechanism in the client
• Improved performance with 3D buildings
• Various Google Earth Browser Plug-in and API fixes

Also, I’ve noticed much improved performance on my 2007 iMac, which may be the result of the new rendering process, single network stack or one of the many bugs patched.

Searchzilla’s advertising Google+ sharing in v6.2. However, Gearthblog commentors and the hufpo have noted it doesn’t work.

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