Google Earth for Mac

Google Earth for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 98 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.1.2.2041
File Size:
42.88MB
Date Added:
February 05, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel/10.7/10.8
Total Downloads:
435,093
Downloads Last Week:
125
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note:

Editors' review

Google Earth continues to set the mapping paradigm. Accessible enough for casual users, Google has added features that make it a necessity for those whose topographic desires are more serious. In addition to Earth cartography, you can also check out Google Ocean, historical Earth maps, and the surface of one of our closest neighbors, Mars.

The oceanic maps provide the capability to plunge to the floor of the sea, view exclusive content from the BBC and National Geographic, and explore shipwrecks like the Titanic in 3D. Exploring the Martian surface is limited to data provided from NASA, but that's not much of a limitation considering that it's unlikely that most of us will ever get to visit the Red Planet. Switching between Google Earth, Sky, and Mars can be done from the menu bar or from the planet icon on the toolbar.

Most of the interface's real estate displays a rendering of the globe, which can zoom in on a satellite image of your destination once you've keyed it in. Controls live on a top toolbar and a left-side navigation window that lets you quickly jump between different views and locations. Google's Street View, real-time illumination of the Earth, roads, restaurants, and even crime statistics can be displayed. Smooth integration with Google's 3D rendering program SketchUp means that you can design buildings and see how they'd interact with their surroundings.

The only downside to the program is that it can consume a large amount of RAM, so older machines might experience performance issues. That can be configured through the Options menu, and recent updates have helped address many of these performance issues, with improvements to rendering speed, frame rate, and even launch time.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.6

    out of 98 votes

    • 5 star: 33
    • 4 star: 27
    • 3 star: 14
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 14
  • Current Version:

    2.5

    out of 2 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2 stars

    "Wanted it to investigate mars, moon."

    July 12, 2014   |   By TECHCRZY

    Version: Google Earth 7.1.2.2041

    Pros

    Would make hitler cream!

    Cons

    everything

    Summary

    (Google Earth continues to set the mapping paradigm. Accessible enough for casual users, Google has added features that make it a necessity for those whose topographic desires are more serious. In addition to Earth cartography, you can also check out Google Ocean, historical Earth maps, and the surface of one of our closest neighbors, Mars.) everything is smudged or blocked. Nothing more than a google nsa joint surveillance software.

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  • 3 stars

    "Becoming more and more useless"

    July 06, 2014   |   By tomysshadow

    Version: Google Earth 7.1.2.2041

    Pros

    Excellent 3D terrain and buildings and landscape models.

    Cons

    With Google Maps ever improving online, it is more and more outdating Google Earth. Just use Google Maps which loads much faster and doesn't take up much hard drive space.

    Summary

    Okay for running plugins for Google Earth, but becoming quite pointless otherwise.

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  • 4 stars

    "Reliable program"

    October 12, 2013   |   By horsepower85

    Version: Google Earth 7.1.2.2019

    Pros

    Nice tool for travelers

    Cons

    No cons so far

    Summary

    Must have tool

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  • 1 stars

    "Requires OS X 10.8.3 and Chrome or Firefox for 3D"

    August 11, 2013   |   By zunipus

    Version: Google Earth 7.1.1.1871

    Pros

    If you have a compatible setup, it's a great way to tour around planet Earth and a few other places.

    Cons

    UIREIf you don't have a compatible setup, don't bother. The lack of 3D on older OS X and non-WebGL browsers makes the application worthless. Don't bother. Google could have provided backwards compatibility but didn't bother. Thus 1/2 star to you Google. :-P

    Older OS X also hobbles some of the other features of the application, such as viewing from the app into the web's Google Maps. All you're going to get is a black window. And so on.

    Summary

    If you have a compatible setup, Google Earth is lovely, fast, a great way to tour the planet and beyond.

    BUT, this version uses WebGL exclusively for 3D rendering. Therefore, you are REQUIRED to use OS X 10.8.3 or above, AND a WebGL compatible web browser if you're using it via its plug-in on the Web. Otherwise, no 3D for you. Therefore, without a compatible system, you're screwed out of 3D, making Google Earth useless. Don't bother with this version. You'll need to get an older version compatible with your setup. Presumably version 6 doesn't have the high end requirements. Google still offer version 5 for OS X 10.4 via their website.

    The GUI is a mess, including some odds and ends that are too small to comprehend that also have no hot help. The basic original interface tools remain nice. But the plethora of odds and end are not explained well, causing you to have to experiment to figure out what stuff does. You'll then have to commit them to memory or be doomed to mess around the next time you use the app to figure its obtuse GUI out all over again.

    If you've bot the top notch compatible setup, great! If not, go find an older version or forget about bothering with Google Earth.

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  • 1 stars

    "NEVER OPENED AFTER DOWNLOADING"

    December 30, 2012   |   By RBFEM2002

    Version: Google Earth 7.0.2.8415

    Pros

    MY OLDER VERSION WORKED FINE, BUT I MADE THE MISTAKE OF TRASHING IT BEFORE I INSTALLED THE UPDATED VERSION. I HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL IN FINDING AN OLDER VERSION OF GOOGLE EARTH THAT I CAN RE-INSTALL

    Cons

    DOES NOT INSTALL

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  • 4 stars

    "Awesome 'free' program..."

    December 29, 2012   |   By Herk11

    Version: Google Earth 7.0.2.8415

    Pros

    You can easily find your house, relatives or Peking... the street view is pretty amazing... extra features of the planets & solar system and the oceans means you'll spend a lot of time... you can zoom in on cities and national monuments...

    Cons

    Can't think of any... runs flawlessly on Windows Vista & 7.....

    Summary

    Usefull & 'free' & fun....

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  • 1 stars

    "Crashed at the mac"

    December 22, 2012   |   By BridgeUwe

    Version: Google Earth 7.0.2.8415

    Pros

    The V6 is running fine.

    Cons

    If I try to seek a street , the application crash always. I try at at several Mac with the same result.

    Summary

    The V6 is running fine.

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  • 1 stars

    "Google Earth doesn't work only Mountain Lion 10.8.2"

    November 30, 2012   |   By rod Irving

    Version: Google Earth 7.0.1.8250

    Pros

    As I said it doesn't work

    Cons

    Must have wrong setup .

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  • 4 stars

    "The best so far."

    November 19, 2012   |   By Binther

    Version: Google Earth 7.0.1.8250

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    Perhaps too many features

    Summary

    As a replacement for the old fashioned atlas, it excels in every single major feature...and no danger of it becoming obsolete as countries change names, etc.

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  • 4 stars

    "Newest version doesn't work with Mac 10.6.8"

    November 19, 2012   |   By Aswilde

    Version: Google Earth 7.0.1.8250

    Pros

    As I said, the version doesn't work with 10.6.8

    Cons

    As I said, the version doesn't work with 10.6.8

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