The technology has gotten a lot better since May; Oslo exhibits far fewer “molten clock” artifacts, and the sides of buildings are now on the whole uniformly straight. Some errors do still creep in when it comes to vertical textures, but these are not noticeable from a casual perusal.
The overall effect is very impressive — it looks like Microsoft Virtual Earth’s bird’s eye view, except that you can rotate, tilt and zoom the view at will and keep the correct 3D perspective.
Here are a few more screenshots:
Unlike the embedded viewer used in May for Stockholm, the one used for Oslo is ActiveX-based and does not currently work in Mac and Linux browsers, though plugins for those systems are promised for early 2009. (It does work via VMWare Fusion on the Mac.)
(Some cool hints from the Norwegian instruction manual: Press P to toggle a wireframe view. I toggles rendering info, W/A/S/D is for moving, N/M for zooming, while the arrow keys tilt and rotate.)