Google Earth

Google Earth

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.1.0.5001
  • Total Downloads:
    7,533,138
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 25, 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

    4.1

    out of 53 votes

    • 5 star 25
    • 4 star 18
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 4
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    out of 1798 votes

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    • 4 star 589
    • 3 star 143
    • 2 star 73
    • 1 star 142
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4 stars

"Google eEarth"

February 27, 2012  |  By mawilkes

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.1.0.5001

Pros

Good quality

Cons

hard to navigate the system without a lot of practice.

Summary

I have tried to use the 3d function and have little success with this feature. I cannot figure out how to focus in on the rear of home or buildings.

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4 stars

"Google earth is great to see where to go"

January 22, 2012  |  By dorian232

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.1.0.5001

Pros

Good coverage of the places on earth where I want to go

Cons

I have problems with the area where I live beacuse there was cloud coverage when the photographing of the are was done so not a lot of detail can be seen, my own house is not visable which is problematic when I am trying to direct people to our home in the country.

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2 stars

"Not As Good As A Globe"

January 11, 2012  |  By MountainVistas

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.1.0.5001

Pros

Nice Graphics

Cons

When looking at a global view of the earth, country names are not visible (as they are on a globe). It is necessary to zoom in until the country is quite large on the screen before getting a country name. At that resolution it is impossible to see the relative positions of different countries. Also Google Earth has never been good at identifying rivers or mountain ranges. So for looking at the earth the way a globe can, a globe works better.

Summary

For such an amazing technical achievement, Google Earth is remarkably poor at showing country names, as well as at identifying rivers and mountain ranges.

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5 stars

"I have seen places I have never visited"

January 06, 2012  |  By MRB813

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.1.0.5001

Pros

Educational

Cons

Still some areas like Graveyards not in sufficient detail

Summary

I use it regularly to see locations where my new friends live.

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5 stars

"Excellent source of information and entertainment"

January 01, 2012  |  By chesz

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.1.0.5001

Pros

depth of information and expandability

Cons

None of substance though I would like to access it with my Google TV

Summary

I like it !

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5 stars

"Excellent software"

December 29, 2011  |  By worwidetraveler

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.1.0.5001

Pros

Maps useful for traveling & directions

Cons

None so far.

Summary

Excellente software

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1 stars

"Old pictures from several years back!!!"

December 13, 2011  |  By Marine1955

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.1.0.5001

Pros

None way out of date !!!!

Cons

everything they need to up date there site

Summary

Wouldn't recommend this to a *******,they wouldn't find there way from Mexico to America with the lame pictures showing..

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4 stars

"Great to view the earth"

December 04, 2011  |  By flaldrider

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.1.0.5001

Pros

pretty easy to use but can get confusing sometimes

Cons

too many options and can get confusing to use

Summary

Excellent product

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5 stars

"Absolutely love it!!"

December 03, 2011  |  By SteenHensley

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.1.0.5001

Pros

Easy to use, wonderful to view!

Cons

Can't think of any.

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4 stars

"Download errors"

December 03, 2011  |  By JBSJR44

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.1.0.5001

Pros

Old version was enjoyable

Cons

Had trouble getting to ground level view of places I went to see.

Summary

Every time I try to download Google Earth I get an error message: err 0X80404002.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date October 25, 2011
Date Added October 25, 2011
Version 6.1.0.5001
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista
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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