Google Earth for Mac

Google Earth for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.3506.3999
  • Total Downloads:
    431,577
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 10, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    42.88MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    152
  • Platform:
    Mac
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Editors' Note:

Editors' Review

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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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4 stars

"Amazing App."

September 17, 2009  |  By j.pringle

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.1.3506.3999

Pros

So far so good. Has done all I wanted.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

This is a brilliant piece of software.

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What's new in version 5.1.3506.3999
We've made a lot of adjustments under the hood, like improving memory utilization so we can show more buildings, layers, and user content. We improved our shaders (that's graphics-speak for small programs that run inside your graphics processor) to make the atmosphere draw faster. We also worked to reduce stuttering (known as frame drops) to provide an even smoother experience as you fly around the globe. When we draw imagery, we now use compression technology to use less memory and graphics resources. We know that waiting for a program to start-up can be really frustrating, so we improved our start-up time by 25%. In our Google Earth API (which allows developers to include Google Earth right in their websites), we have made API calls significantly faster, which means that our developers can now do even more.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date September 10, 2009
Date Added September 10, 2009
Version 5.1.3506.3999
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 42.88MB
File Name desktop.html
Popularity
Total Downloads 431,577
Downloads Last Week 152
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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