As reported all over creation, Google Earth recently launched a new beta version, which I had the opportunity to download and try out. Overall, an okay experience, mostly subtle improvements over the latest stable release.
They’re in the middle of UI changes, though, and removed at least one keyboard shortcut (to the paths/ruler palette) that I depend on constantly whilst plotting bicycling training routes. Unfortunately, due to the type of app Google Earth is, it isn’t as easy as editing nib files, and none of my poking and prodding of various files under the app bundle’s resources produced a way to re-add it.
I’ve submitted a feature request asking they put the shortcuts back in, or better yet, give us the ability to customize our own.
And yes, this is an example of one reason why open source is often better. ;) To their credit, however, Google has seemed to be responsive to requests in the past. “Do no evil” apparently also covers “Paying attention.”
Any readers have unique or cool uses for Google Earth?