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Google Earth

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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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  • 4.0 stars

    "Amazing for a free product. Nothing else like it!"

    June 4, 2010  |   By BrerBunny

    Version: Google Earth 5.1.3533.1731

    Pros

    Vast amount of information easily accessible. Easy to navigate. Cool Moon and Mars models available too

    Cons

    Sometimes it freezes up, especially on the Moon model. Also takes up a lot of memory.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic resource"

    May 28, 2010  |   By stde8423

    Version: Google Earth 5.1.3533.1731

    Pros

    Really good definition on the photography, easy to use options

    Cons

    The graphics are very limited. Need to be more flexible.

    Summary

    Plotting GPS downloads for tacks in remote areas, zooming to focus on problem areas and incredible clarity help me point out potential hazard areas to employers

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I love it ***"

    May 27, 2010  |   By ke4jcd

    Version: Google Earth 5.1.3533.1731

    Pros

    I love it...

    Cons

    None........

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I Googled the front door of our Palazzo, Budapest, XI."

    May 20, 2010  |   By Stefan_Wels

    Version: Google Earth 5.1.3533.1731

    Pros

    Google 5.1 is a great way to learn about our planet and the Universe we live in. It is designed to be expandable and gaps will be filled out as people get to know the new features of the product: the ability to upload, integration with WiKi, flying.

    Cons

    One wishes for more terrain detail. The actual Flora and Fauna of particular areas come accross very well on good photograps. If more Mobile telephone/camera film footage of the tree and foliage was included we could track each tree in the forest!

    Summary

    The Google team has a great way of looking at our planet, and having looked at two areas, where I currently live, and where I was born, and where I grew up, the accuracy is good. London, and Budapest, however, are well built up areas, and there is plenty of greenery around at both places. When we Google other parts of the planet, we can see that a lot more living soil needs to be manufactured and spread out the right way to green out the parts that could produce a variety of food.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "generally an excellent product"

    May 18, 2010  |   By passingcloud

    Version: Google Earth 5.1.3533.1731

    Pros

    ease of viewing with the "fly to" facility

    Cons

    I find the lower angle view loses relationship with the vertical view

    Summary

    In general Google Earth is a very useful tool for orienting one to different areas of the world.The ability to display places of interest, photos of the area, and street names is excellent.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "THE WHOLE WORLD IN MY COMPUTER!!"

    May 16, 2010  |   By celticgoddess

    Version: Google Earth 5.1.3533.1731

    Pros

    Had not been able to download this previously, as had dial-up connection. I am pleased to the nth degree, as was able to locate a cousin's house all the way in Southampton, Great Britain, and she was able to find my house as well.

    Cons

    So far, none to speak of.

    Summary

    Do not know ALL the ins and outs of this download as yet. However, do look forward to learning and exploring. Great product!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very fun program"

    May 15, 2010  |   By jwogea

    Version: Google Earth 5.1.3533.1731

    Pros

    Has improved a lot.

    Cons

    Was hard to repeat a search. Had to re-save finds several times. Couldn't make the three d work as well as it should.

    Summary

    Still needs a lot of work to live up to it's predicted possibilities.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I LOVE IT!"

    May 12, 2010  |   By amyzengrace

    Version: Google Earth 5.1.3533.1731

    Pros

    Fantastic for finding locations; photo feature helps in identifying buildings and landmarks to aid in navigation; fantastic for a tourist looking to get from point A to point B; 3-D features impressive

    Cons

    The photo feature is a little rough in the 3-D department... but that is so insignificant compared to all the wonderful features included.

    Summary

    This is better than a video game! I love it because it is a way to "travel" to places I've been or places I want to go to. Also, for local use, it helps in finding where I need to go-better than any map available for my area. The photos added of locations by users makes the product even better... and ALL of this is free!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Takes me where I want to go."

    May 3, 2010  |   By mickpur

    Version: Google Earth 5.1.3533.1731

    Pros

    Great, enjoying my world

    Cons

    So far, none

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not compatible with Window's7, 64bit"

    April 27, 2010  |   By russ c

    Version: Google Earth 5.1.3533.1731

    Pros

    I can not give a good grade to this version of Google Earth

    Cons

    Google Earth Version 5.1.3533.1731 Is not compatible with Microsoft Windows 7,64bit program will uninstall it's self from computer

    Summary

    Google Earth is a great program and I use it more now then ever. My reason Iceland's volcano.
    Google Earth v.5.2.0.5920 is the current version that is working correctly with my computer.H.P.Pavilion Windows 7 64bit Home Premium

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