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:
    7,533,138
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 23, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    766.45KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,045
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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

"find places near you from a satellite point of view"

May 19, 2011  |  By elenapham

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.0.2.2074

Pros

allows you to have a satellite view of your location, it can even zoom in enough to show you a 3D street view of your location. its also allows you to search for you favorite places that are close to you, it even gives you information about the place

Cons

Nothing I can think of.

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5 stars

"It's Google Earth and it's free"

May 18, 2011  |  By goepunk

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.0.2.2074

Pros

Great for searching places, as good if not better than map quest or yahoo maps

Cons

Pictures are out of date....but what can you expect for free

Summary

The flight tour is cool. 3D buildings are great. and the space mode is aw-sum.

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5 stars

"Great appeal"

May 15, 2011  |  By burtcroy

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.0.2.2074

Pros

Like how smooth everything works

Cons

Do not like how it shifts from Ariel to street view without warning

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5 stars

"very interesting and mind blowing"

May 15, 2011  |  By vbinamdar

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.0.2.2074

Pros

very user friendly.

Cons

too much detailing .

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4 stars

"Nice upgrade"

May 10, 2011  |  By rebelbuck1

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.0.2.2074

Pros

Works faster, updated info.

Cons

Limited positioning on ground level.

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4 stars

"pleased with the results"

May 06, 2011  |  By anthonylawrance

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.0.2.2074

Pros

clearer views, quicker loading

Cons

difficult to manoeuvre along street scene

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5 stars

"A must! Download it!"

May 05, 2011  |  By martyjg

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.0.2.2074

Pros

Travel the world without moving!

Cons

More data required. Will take years, but will get there.

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5 stars

"Great job Google"

May 04, 2011  |  By glassman_24k

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.0.2.2074

Pros

It's great to be able to look up any place on earth just by typing it in.

Cons

Nothing I can think of.

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5 stars

"very excellent"

May 04, 2011  |  By 40shades

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.0.2.2074

Pros

very excellent

Cons

very excellent

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5 stars

"I love this APP"

May 01, 2011  |  By cary828

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.0.2.2074

Pros

Fairly accurate and many features. Fun Airplane piloting app

Cons

Street level photos are not present day

Summary

Very Useful to me. When I go on vacation I enter the address of every place I am staying. IE Hotels etc and add a photo to my Mapquest folder of directions and maps. Added to my Onstar It is practically like using Star Trek's transporter except for the driving. Cannot fail finding any location. I love this application.

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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 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 766.45KB
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 7,533,138
Downloads Last Week 1,045
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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