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Google Earth

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It's rare to encounter free software as well designed and powerful as this informative application, but the folks at Google have done it again. When you first fire up Google Earth, you'll immediately notice that most of the interface's real estate is used to display a rendering of the globe, complete with topographical markings. You simply enter information for the location you'd like to visit--such as city name, country, or specific street address--and Google Earth will begin slowly zooming in on your destination. After a moment, you'll see a satellite image of the place you entered. Controls below the location window let you zoom in or out even further; move north, south, east, and west; and save specific locations on the map.

The program's Layers panes allows you to determine what sort of information appears on the map. For instance you can choose to display roads, hospitals, grocery stores, restaurants, golf courses, bars, and even crime statistics. We also appreciate the tool that provides point-to-point driving directions. The only potential downside of Google Earth is it can consume a fairly large amount of RAM when running in the background, so as the developer notes, folks with older machines might experience performance issues. But everyone else is bound to love Google Earth, either as an informational tool or an entertaining novelty.

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    4.1 stars

    out of 1,799 votes

    • 5 star: 852
    • 4 star: 589
    • 3 star: 143
    • 2 star: 73
    • 1 star: 142
  • Current version:

    4.4 stars

    out of 231 votes

    • 5 star: 154
    • 4 star: 49
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 7
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  • 5.0 stars

    "i had in my mind to have such thanks i got it it well"

    February 19, 2010  |   By najeebkhan1956

    Version: Google Earth

    Pros

    it will help to the intelligence for locating many things

    Cons

    it shud b given to onlly right and identified persons. not cnfirmed how u verify the right

    Summary

    hope for it success. kindly give tips to members to use perfectly.

    Updated on Mar 1, 2010

    i am a primary teacher cnet google earth can b of great help to me .honestly such sites update and help to teachers who still want to learn.

    Updated on Mar 30, 2010

    this is an added knowledge for students,fun for children,help for writers,travellors,and for correction in maps.

    Updated on Jun 22, 2010

    some improvement can be done, an idea to be be given from where to learn to use site to maximum. those who have less knowledge face problem, like me who have not gone to any institute for beginners training. of computor.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not much different than other versions."

    December 11, 2009  |   By chowa1231

    Version: Google Earth

    Pros

    Nothing special.

    Cons

    Close up rendition not good quality even in the large cities.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "New Google Earth 5Sucks"

    February 20, 2009  |   By Fire1946

    Version: Google Earth

    Pros

    Better features?

    Cons

    Old version worked fine with WinXP. Tried to update and new version does not display at all; also could not reinstal old version.

    Summary

    Google is unable to provide an answer to this problem

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  • 5.0 stars

    "really enjoy"

    September 20, 2008  |   By asues

    Version: Google Earth

    Pros

    everything

    Cons

    like it all

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  • 4.0 stars

    "fantastic"

    June 12, 2006  |   By mariadomenico

    Version: Google Earth

    Pros

    thought this was really fantastic, with just a click, and your around any part of the world..

    Cons

    my PC is about 4 years old, there were times this didn't work for me

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  • 5.0 stars

    "its very goog"

    June 8, 2006  |   By 124578963

    Version: Google Earth

    Pros

    its verey good

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  • 2.0 stars

    "You better be good"

    June 3, 2006  |   By Irobotbender

    Version: Google Earth

    Pros

    You better not shout, You better not cry, You better be good, I'm telling you why.

    As my truck spent 1 time parking in the back yard for 15 minutes to unload a picnic table. Bingo. What's next, your bedroom window. On a good note though, I did check to see if my wife was where she said she was that day.Good thing she wasn't sunbathing in the back yard instead! And my employees, were they really sick that day, or did they go fishing at the lake?

    With all the bb opinions out of the way, there are other photo maps that are more recent & up to date & one even has more detail, but are not as highly advertised as this one.

    Cons

    Left me with not knowing the difference between the pros & cons. Outdated photos.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great"

    June 1, 2006  |   By alex.sim

    Version: Google Earth

    Pros

    easy to use with a lot of high resoliotion pictures

    Cons

    nothing

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I defy anyone who defies this program."

    May 31, 2006  |   By Tle9713

    Version: Google Earth

    Pros

    A view of the world. A solid interface. Precise to the world. Did I ever mention that the stars are even in their respective positions to eachother and to themselves? Google has definitely went through the world with a fine comb and has read everyone's mind, they know what anyone could possible want and expect. I've spent several hours playing in absolute awe with this masterpiece.

    And I'm probably not the only one who has said that.

    F!@#$%^ genius. Enough Said.

    Cons

    This requires broadband (duh, you're looking at the world in detail....).

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Innovitave, it was copied alot"

    May 30, 2006  |   By Karinzuja

    Version: Google Earth

    Pros

    Very good. It was the first free version of its kind, later to be copied by microsoft. It was run off the old keyhole technology, improved by google's massive resources. I think this software has no real practical use, but is very fun to use. It offers very close up aerial photographs and partial route planners. The 3D buildings in some of the cities let you fly around near them like your on a plane.

    Cons

    Can slow down your computer and use up alot of internet connection. Dont use on anything less than 1meg broadband.

    Doesnt show maps very well outside the USA.

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