Google Earth

Google Earth

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0.2.2074
  • Total Downloads:
    7,483,587
  • Date Added:
    March 23, 2011
  • File Size:
    766.45KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,976
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Note: The 556K 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

    4.4

    out of 44 votes

    • 5 star 25
    • 4 star 16
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 2
  • 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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5 stars

"Google Earth is great!"

December 16, 2013  |  By weegee2899

 |  Version: Google Earth 7.1.2.2041

Pros

Let's you explore all over the usa and other countries too!

Cons

Can be laggy.
And the pictures can take a while to focus. I think that depends on your graphics card.

Summary

Besides the cons Google Earth is great!

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1 stars

"Extremely annoying CNET display"

November 16, 2013  |  By keesvanderwal

 |  Version: Google Earth 7.1.2.2041

Pros

None positive to mention about this CNET web page.

Cons

On the CNET page I cannot find the button to start the download of the intended program. There is an extremely annoying number of buttons leading to downloads of other nonsense-programs that i do NOT want to download.

Summary

Extremely annoying CNET web page.

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1 stars

"Will not download."

November 15, 2013  |  By Moxnicht

 |  Version: Google Earth 7.1.2.2041

Pros

See above.......................

Cons

See above..........

Summary

See above..........

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1 stars

"won't download"

November 14, 2013  |  By roadbase

 |  Version: Google Earth 7.1.2.2041

Pros

won't download so i don't need to waste my time with it.

Cons

not downloading

Summary

won't run

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date March 23, 2011
Date Added March 23, 2011
Version 6.0.2.2074
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 766.45KB
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 7,483,587
Downloads Last Week 1,976
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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