Google Earth: Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in — Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips. 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.
It is free for personal use. Of great use to genealogists, either just researching where their ancestors lived, or mapping our directions to a cemetery. Not all parts of the earth are shown in high resolution, but enough are that it can be a neat tool to use. There are online websites with mapping (including Google Maps and Yahoo Maps), but Google Earth is different – I can’t really explain it – you’ll just have to try it out if you get the chance.
* Mac OS X 10.4
* 600MHz CPU (no word on G3/G4 requirements)
* Hard Disk Space: 400 MB
* RAM: 128 MB
* Video RAM: 16 MB
* Screen Resolution: 1024×768, 32-bit color
* Internet: 128 Kbps (“broadband”)