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Google Earth

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.2.1.1588
  • Total Downloads:
    7,584,312
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 09, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    766.45KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,542
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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

    3.8

    out of 64 votes

    • 5 star 17
    • 4 star 32
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 7
    • 1 star 3
  • 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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2 stars

"I like the program and I just have the one issue"

September 21, 2010  |  By BowHunter777

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.2.1.1588

Pros

I really like the program its great but to me what would make it awesome is if I could get these patches removed or dealt with (see below)

Cons

The problem I'm having with new version and the old is when I go 2 street view I get all these gray patches or squares that pretty well cover what ever it is I'm looking at.

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5 stars

"Very Useful"

April 26, 2011  |  By Woodruff2

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.2.1.1588

Pros

Easy to use and accurate, sometimes better than GPS.

Cons

Must have cell service.

Summary

Have used in Montana to scope out hunting areas. Was more accurate to use when getting around Dallas than GPS.

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2 stars

"The product is Annoying. Another forum for advertisers"

November 30, 2010  |  By tatejm

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.2.1.1588

Pros

Does track current installed SW

Cons

It's linked to too many other products not on my computer that I don't want, just slows my system.

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2 stars

"Not accurate in finding exact addresses. Images blurry"

November 29, 2010  |  By Index7

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.2.1.1588

Pros

Gives a general overview

Cons

Images of areas are outdated by many years, and are not updated on a regular basis.

Summary

The product should be updated regularly, or even have the images on real time if possible, as these are satellite images of the planet.

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1 stars

"Does NOT work with windows 7"

November 25, 2010  |  By fishface33

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.2.1.1588

Pros

Could be good if updated

Cons

Why do they not update it to work with Windows 7????

Summary

Would really like to download it but totally screws up my system every time.. it might work with vista but it doesn't with win 7

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3 stars

"good programme"

November 24, 2010  |  By Daveym_3

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.2.1.1588

Pros

many features use it when drawing overlay of site plans

Cons

internet connection required

Summary

the best free map programme i know

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5 stars

"great stuff"

November 17, 2010  |  By guppyspace

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.2.1.1588

Pros

nice very nice , the best yet .

Cons

a little slow loading a print page ect .

Summary

very nice , way to go Google !!!!!

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2 stars

"Repeatedly failed to install"

November 16, 2010  |  By davison19067

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.2.1.1588

Pros

Umm, it's Google Earth. Doesn't get much better than that.

Cons

When an install fails, every subsequent install fails. I now have 2 Google Apps that will not install on the Mac - Picasa and Google Earth.

Summary

It's an excellent app, if you can get it to install.

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4 stars

"very good for free what do you expect."

November 16, 2010  |  By rcthomas0418

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.2.1.1588

Pros

planets and stars are great seems like more places on earth to, ease of use very good

Cons

but you can't get as clear a picture zooming in.clarity is not as good as it used to be?

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4 stars

"very good program"

November 15, 2010  |  By mappir

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.2.1.1588

Pros

Its accuracy when showing worldwide scenarios.

Cons

Noting so far.

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5 stars

"Travel freedom, without the airline hassle!"

November 15, 2010  |  By sueb262

 |  Version: Google Earth 5.2.1.1588

Pros

Flexible, intuitive, as fun as a game, head-sparkling, educational, and beautiful.

Cons

Addictive. Completely. This is not an exaggeration.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.2.1.1588
Version 5.2 improves embedded browser functionality and adds file import types.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date September 09, 2010
Date Added September 09, 2010
Version 5.2.1.1588
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
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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