Remember Keyhole, the cool 3D app you could browse incredibly detailed aerial photos in, giving you a feeling of flight and quasi-omnipotence? Google bought them last year. And now you can get the Google Earth experience for free.
I’m downloading now, and I’ll post more thoughts once I’ve played with it for a bit. But if it’s anything like Keyhole, this is going to be the coolest “wow factor” application on your computer.
EDIT: Whoa. The animated Driving Directions just blew my mind. Choose Driving Directions, enter your origin and destination, get the route, then click on the “Play” button under the turn-by-turn directions, and watch as you’re flown along your route, in 3D, with the aerial photographs filling in as you go. Awesome!