The gMapExplorer from MicroPath is sort of a combined stand-alone Google Maps / Google Earth browser that adds some additional useful features. Windows only, and you’ll need to have the Google Earth plugin already installed on your system. Start it up, and you’ll see buttons in the upper-left-hand corner to let you switch between the following four Google Maps views:
- Satellite with streets and labels overlaid (click on the arrow below Satellite to access this)
- Terrain (shaded relief with contour lines)
And the final button to switch you to a Google Earth view.
Controls to the right of these buttons control either both Google Maps and Google Earth views, or set parameters for individual views:
Read more: http://freegeographytools.com/2008/gmapexplorer-a-combined-google-maps-google-earth-browser