Classified as a virtual globe and map information software, developed by Google and whose capabilities were later incorporated into a web-based Google service, Google Maps. It was originally called EarthView 3D and was developed by a Central Intelligence Agency outfit, Keyhole Inc., before it was acquired by Google in 2004.
Google Earth is basically a digital and interactive atlas, where it takes images from satellite imagery and superimposes on a computer-generated 3D model of Earth, plus aerial photographs and, in some cases, a street-level camera using Google Earth’s new feature Street View, which is essentially a collection of images taken by a Google ground team in certain locations (such as streets, roads, etc.). Google Earth is compatible for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and FreeBSD; experts estimate that Google has been downloaded over a billion times from the period of 2005, its first roll-out release, to the fourth quarter of 2011 (a 6-year time span).
Google Earth users can also view the Earth in all three dimensions, using the data generated by NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM), which creates a virtual 3D model of Earth’s features and cities. There is also a recent feature where users can see the Earth’s ocean floor.
Our users primarily use Google Earth to open these file types:
Some users also use Google Earth to open these file types:
File.org aims to be the go-to resource for file type- and related software information. We spend countless hours researching various file formats and software that can open, convert, create or otherwise work with those files.
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