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Google Earth

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.11733.9347
  • Total Downloads:
    7,584,312
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 02, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    766.45KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,542
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Note: The 1MB downloadable file is a stub installer from Google that requires you to stay online during installation and download the full Google Earth program via the Google Updater.

Editors' Review

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The latest version of 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. Although Google Ocean is the big newsmaker in version 5, you can also check out the surface of our nearest neighbor, Mars, as well as incorporating historical Earth maps.

If you'll forgive the pun, the oceanic maps are pretty cool. They 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 menubar 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 on the fly.

The only downside to the program is that it can consume a large amount of RAM, so older machines might experience performance issues, but even that can now be configured through the Options menu. Everyone else is bound to love Google Earth, both as an entertaining novelty and an informational tool.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.7

    out of 109 votes

    • 5 star 37
    • 4 star 35
    • 3 star 16
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 15
  • All Versions

    4.1

    out of 1798 votes

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

"Would be better if views were more current."

November 18, 2009  |  By John Elliott

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.0.11733.9347

Pros

Ease of finding locations world-wide.

Cons

In some areas iI cannot zoom as close to ground level as desired.

Summary

Overall I'm quite happy with the product.

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3 stars

"could be more user friendly"

November 16, 2009  |  By jackwarye

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.0.11733.9347

Pros

very good product

Cons

Need more detailed operational instructions

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4 stars

"Very Clear for the most part"

November 16, 2009  |  By jimmorrison20

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.0.11733.9347

Pros

Easy to navigate

Cons

Has not loaded down completly. Have to go to the file Google Updater and initiate run in order for it to activate.

Summary

I like it very much

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5 stars

"Amazing!!!"

November 16, 2009  |  By willirl

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.0.11733.9347

Pros

One of the few apps around that if you have not seen it before have that wow factor

Cons

better picture defn

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4 stars

"needs more ground cameras"

October 31, 2009  |  By gooath55

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.0.11733.9347

Pros

I like the ground cameras

Cons

not enough ground cameras

Summary

when I visit my home town using the ground cameras its like taking a drive through your home town. but can only go down a limited amount of streets. more cameras would be a big improvement .

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4 stars

"Google Earth 5 - great detail"

October 21, 2009  |  By suhendo

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.0.11733.9347

Pros

It seems to zoom in better and have more areas of detail. Hav'nt figured out how to go under the ocean yet

Cons

Seems a bit complicated - but then maybe thats just me !

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5 stars

"Great tool for free."

October 13, 2009  |  By masterofblackjack

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.0.11733.9347

Pros

The details of the maps really amaze me. I was not good in geographics...if this this tool has been available some years ago , well ... ;-)

Cons

Nothing that I can think of.

Summary

It is fascinating to learn about our planet with this gem.

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4 stars

"Fun to use looking up old home addresses in other citys"

October 03, 2009  |  By Gordonhb

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.0.11733.9347

Pros

Accuracy of finding addresses is unbelievably to the exact location

Cons

Some addresses were not available in any detail on map

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5 stars

"Cool earth exploring program..."

September 14, 2009  |  By gjj1056

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.0.11733.9347

Pros

Much more stable and lighter than previous versions. Lots of features such as directions, photos, 3D images, etc. Satellite views and map views.

Cons

Satellite images needs to be updated already.

Summary

It's the best app to explore places and the satellite view, although not updated, is so cool.

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1 stars

"Google Earth 5.0 is a NIGHTMARE! BRING BACK 4.0!"

September 05, 2009  |  By eichler1

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.0.11733.9347

Pros

Nothing over version 4.0, except you can supposedly go under the ocean. Whoopee.

Cons

changing camera angle is a nightmare! Street photos grainy and awful. Fish eye things in place of cameras are stupid. I would give ANYTHING to get 4.0 back. Google Earth 5.0 is an ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE!

Summary

When you changed the camera angle (from straight overhead view to angled view), in 4.0, it maintained position. You could zoom in on and out from your target at the exact angle you chose. It was great for looking at mountainous terrain. It really helped me to get to know better my native California.

In contrast, using Google Earth 5 is odious. When I zoom in from straight overhead, the camera angle changes for no reason. When I use the change camera angle feature, it randomly changes my viewing location, so that whatever I was looking at that I wanted to see from an angle is no longer in the picture. Even if I can find what I wanted to see from an angle, if I zoom out it goes to straight overhead view. It won't let me hold the angle and zoom out.

In short, it is TOTALLY USELESS for viewing at angles, thus it is TOTALLY USELESS for looking at mountainous regions like California. I hope someone in the vast Google organization recognizes that 4.0 is superior to 5.0, and releases a new version that revives 4.0's camera angle logic.

Otherwise, I'll have to find some other satellite view software. The only enjoyable thing I have done with Google Earth 5.0 is delete it from my computer! I would give it ZERO stars if I could.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.11733.9347
Version 5.0 introduces oceans and Martian landscapes.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date February 02, 2009
Date Added February 02, 2009
Version 5.0.11733.9347
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 766.45KB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 7,584,312
Downloads Last Week 1,542
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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