Google Earth

Google Earth

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1798 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4 beta
  • Total Downloads:
    7,533,138
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 12, 2006
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    766.45KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,045
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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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. Google Earth's active user community has produced several nifty mods, including topographic and historical maps. The only potential downside to the program is that 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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 136 votes

    • 5 star 86
    • 4 star 34
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 5
  • All Versions

    4.1

    out of 1798 votes

    • 5 star 851
    • 4 star 589
    • 3 star 143
    • 2 star 73
    • 1 star 142
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1 stars

"Won't even launch"

January 03, 2007  |  By k6adtom

 |  Version: Google Earth 4 beta

Pros

Impossible to say since the program won't even launch on a modern Dell desktop.

Cons

You'd think by now they could make a program that would at least launch on a relatively new computer. A lot of people are having problems with Google Earth. Their tech support FAQ doesn't provide any useful help.

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5 stars

"I Use It All The Time"

January 01, 2007  |  By angelsforu

 |  Version: Google Earth 4 beta

Pros

I have an online ministry called Angels From Above and I encounter people from all over the earth every day. I use this software to see what it looks like at many of the places I have never heard of. It is really cool

Cons

Not much I don't like.

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5 stars

"horray for google!"

December 27, 2006  |  By playtom

 |  Version: Google Earth 4 beta

Pros

how does google do it? this is the professional tool that allow you to view the whole earth in detailed/accurate satellite images. great learning tools for minors. but also useful if you want to find specific place or planning a trip. able to show various of map information like roads, country/city names, streets details(like stores and hospital). geographical places, topographic and historical maps. it's like having a super professional-detailed-accurate map right in your screen. this is a must have tool for either learning or everyday map needs.

Cons

the only downside to this is because of it high requirements. it consume quite alot system resources because the map is dynamic. so some old/low-end PC will have hard time install and use this program.

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5 stars

"I can even see my car in the backyard!"

December 05, 2006  |  By dhubhgaill

 |  Version: Google Earth 4 beta

Pros

It is totally amazing. You can go almost anywhere and see almost anything. You cana type in your address and see it. You can see the buildings and monuments only dreamed of, like a trip around the world on your monitor.

Cons

I don't have enough time to explore with this program. It's the next best thing to a real trip.

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5 stars

"I can see my house from HERE!!!!!"

November 17, 2006  |  By Rastafarian mon

 |  Version: Google Earth 4 beta

Pros

No wonder google is so popular. The best part of this is that you can look at other countries instead of U.S. Requires a good graphics card.

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5 stars

"WOW!!!!!! I Love It"

November 09, 2006  |  By deepfryed

 |  Version: Google Earth 4 beta

Pros

very good

Cons

only con is it usees alot of cpu

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5 stars

"Wow!"

November 08, 2006  |  By Truejamaicanyouth

 |  Version: Google Earth 4 beta

Pros

Nice program. You can find places and get direction there.

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5 stars

"Dynamic!"

November 04, 2006  |  By MHnNJ

 |  Version: Google Earth 4 beta

Pros

This is one of the most wonderful software programs. This application amazes me.

Cons

Not a thing.

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5 stars

"Cool!"

November 02, 2006  |  By roomyW

 |  Version: Google Earth 4 beta

Pros

It's the first high resolution view of the world at your fingertips. Impressive detail and sweet and easy to use too. Changing the view angle and rotating your view gives some great perspectives on places.

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5 stars

"Outstanding"

November 01, 2006  |  By mecomc

 |  Version: Google Earth 4 beta

Pros

I have used previous versions of google earth and what I have noticed in this one is that they have taken more care taking the satellite pictures, you can find any town or city you are looking for and in extreme detail

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date June 12, 2006
Date Added June 12, 2006
Version 4 beta
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 766.45KB
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 7,533,138
Downloads Last Week 1,045
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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