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:
    6.0.0.1735
  • Total Downloads:
    431,577
  • Date Added:
    November 29, 2010
  • File Size:
    42.88MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    152
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel

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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.2

    out of 12 votes

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  • All Versions

    3.6

    out of 98 votes

    • 5 star 33
    • 4 star 27
    • 3 star 14
    • 2 star 10
    • 1 star 14
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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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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 6.0.0.1735
    • Integrated Street View: In Google Earth 6, the Street View experience is now fully integrated. You can enter Street View either by dropping pegman in navigation controls or by zooming in all the way to ground level on places that have Street View.
    • 3D Trees:Google Earth now has trees. You can enable trees by turning on the check-box next to the Trees layer under the 3D buildings layer folder. You can see trees in several places, and we will add trees to more places over time.
    • Easy to use historical imagery:When you fly to an area where historical imagery is available, the date of the oldest imagery will appear in the status bar at the bottom of the screen. If you click on this date, you'll instantly be taken back in time to view imagery from that time period.
    • Ground-level navigation: In Google Earth 6, in addition to flying around features, you can now walk on the ground to explore either 3D buildings and trees or Street View imagery.
    • 3D Measurements in Google Earth Pro:In addition to measuring distances and areas on the ground, you can now measure heights and widths of 3D building and distances from buildings to the ground.
    • Tour Recorder Improvements:With Google Earth 6, the tour recording feature has been improved in several ways. The tour recorder now incorporates the activation of Sunlight, Street View, and Historical Imagery modes into the recorded tour. Additionally, the quality of the recording has been significantly improved, including better motion fidelity and better synchronization with sound recording.
    • Earth on PowerPC Mac:We are discontinuing support for Google Earth builds that work on PowerPC Macs. Users of PowerPC macs can still use the Google Earth 5.2 version.
    • Earth on OS X 10.4:We are discontinuing support for Google Earth builds that work on 10.4 version of Mac OS X. Users of this version of Mac OS X can still use Google Earth 5.2 version.
    • Earth on Windows 2000:We are discontinuing support for Google Earth builds that work on Windows 2000. Users of Windows 2000 can still use the Google Earth 5.2 version.
    • Linux Builds:Google Earth Linux binaries are now based on the Linux Standard Base. This improves the compatibility of Google Earth on different Linux distributions, but requires users to have Linux Standard Base installed on their system. If your Linux system does not have LSB, please install it using apt, yum, smart or up2date. As a side effect of moving to LSB, joysticks are currently unsupported.
    • Addressed issues related to slow internal browser and balloon performance
    • Addressed issues related to broken images in balloons seen in Earth 5.2.
    • Linux now handles KML in locales where the radix separator isn't ".".
    • Linux fixes for Flash-induced crashes.
    • Updated API version 1.007
    • New class KmlViewerOptions, to set global render state (Historical Imagery, StreetView, and Sun)
    • Added ability to enable/disable street view in GENavigationControl
    • Added ability to enable/disable automatic transition to ground level view in GEOptions
    • Added ability to enable/disable 3d tree rendering through new layer LAYER_TREES
    • Added altitudeOffset functionality to KmlLinearRing and KmlLineRing. This allows ability to set altitude for all vertices through a single function call.
    • Added ability to enable/disable building selection through mouse input in GEOptions
    • Added ability to enable/disable building highlight through mouse input in GEOptions
    • Added copyAsLookAt() and copyAsCamera() conversion to KmlAbstractView
    • Improved performance on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
    General
    Publisher Google
    Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
    Release Date November 29, 2010
    Date Added November 29, 2010
    Version 6.0.0.1735
    Category
    Category Educational Software
    Subcategory Science Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 42.88MB
    File Name desktop.html
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 431,577
    Downloads Last Week 152
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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