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Google Earth for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 98 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.2.0.5905
  • Total Downloads:
    439,310
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 27, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    42.88MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    105
  • Platform:
    Mac
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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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  • Current Version

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    out of 98 votes

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    • 4 star 27
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3 stars

"It works satisfactorily."

March 16, 2012  |  By a_drian

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.2.0.5905

Pros

Some of the map data has been updated.

Cons

It took me a while to discover the 'map' button.

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2 stars

"broke my installation"

January 28, 2012  |  By marikavs

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.2.0.5905

Pros

at least all my saved places are still there

Cons

no longer zooms to the place
throws up an empty white box with an arrow to where the place is
reinstall of old one doesn't help much

Summary

I'd wait on this one if you have a working Google Earth installed. They obviously need to fix some things.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.2.0.5905
Smooth over earlier versions' unsightly patchwork caused by stitching together widely varying satellite photographs. The result is a more realistic and less distracting (though still optimistically cloudless) view of the planet.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date January 27, 2012
Date Added January 27, 2012
Version 6.2.0.5905
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel/10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 42.88MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 439,310
Downloads Last Week 105
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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