Google Earth: Hiker’s Edition

That’s what Erick Schonfeld of TechCrunch is calling it.

… Google Earth released a new edition of its desktop app which hikers, runners and cyclists are going to love. They call it Google Earth 5.2. I call it the Hiker’s Edition.

One of the new features allows you to recreate the path of a hike or bike ride by ingesting geo-data from one of your GPS devices. The visualizations show you the speed, elevation, and other stats from your hike, which you can see as an animation inside Google Earth. …

read more on TechCrunch

This video features an example of the new track feature in Google Earth 5.2, showing a bike route to work. Download the latest version of Google Earth

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2 Replies to “Google Earth: Hiker’s Edition”

  1. I tried the tracking feature and for me at least it seemed to be no different than previous versions – switching through 180 degrees at every switchback. I was hoping for more of a fly-over version which takes in the entire route without following it to the tee.

    Also .. no terrain layer yet? Once GE has that *then* I might be more inclined to call it the Hiker’s edition.

    Oh, and not that I’m complaining about GE for a second by the way. It’s still one of the most awesome pieces of software and I use it all the time!

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