Google Earth

Google Earth

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.2.1.6014
  • Total Downloads:
    7,483,587
  • Date Added:
    March 11, 2012
  • File Size:
    766.45KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,976
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

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

    4.3

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star 8
    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • 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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4 stars

"great love it"

April 25, 2012  |  By deb830

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.2.1.6014

Pros

street view

Cons

none i can think of

Summary

even put it on my phone

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5 stars

"very great program and easy to use"

April 22, 2012  |  By robhuna

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.2.1.6014

Pros

easy connect to internet

Cons

easy connect to server

Summary

usefull

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4 stars

"recreational"

April 13, 2012  |  By Rohanmanjula

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.2.1.6014

Pros

procreational

Cons

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Summary

creationism

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5 stars

"I am truly amazed."

April 09, 2012  |  By bruceberman

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.2.1.6014

Pros

The ultimate atlas. Don't even think about not getting this.

Cons

None that I can think of . . .

Summary

I am constantly amazed by programs like this one.
In only 20 years or so, it has become a different world,
and Google has done much to make this happen. Hats off.

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4 stars

"I love Google Earth!"

March 26, 2012  |  By cashmanilla

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.2.1.6014

Pros

Their are lots of things to do on Google Earth, it's not just a map!

Cons

I find there are way too many "Layers" and you have to go through the whole list almost every time you want to go somewhere or get directions on there.

Summary

Pretty darn good!

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5 stars

"A great program, I use it often!"

March 25, 2012  |  By mdar

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.2.1.6014

Pros

I like being able to bring up areas that I have been to in my lifetime now that I'm not able to travel much anymore. It's been a help in teaching a bit of geography to my grandchildren too.

Cons

I would find it difficult to offer up a con on such a great program when it's priced so reasonably!

Summary

Great program & its priced right!

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4 stars

"Easy to use."

March 25, 2012  |  By webbcampbell

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.2.1.6014

Pros

Useful & easy to use.

Cons

Cannot get good resolution close up.

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4 stars

"Excellent improvements."

March 21, 2012  |  By thigmotaxi

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.2.1.6014

Pros

More areas available for viewing. Sharp details noted from 1000 meters high. Connected to Google maps is a great idea. Even where Google maps are not; the new Google Earth allows viewing of the terrain and mountains via ground level landing.

Cons

Detail from close range, say 50 meters up, is not good. The view blurs when attempting to get close to structures.

Summary

Great improvements. Close inspections of items are not clear for anti terrorism reasons. This detracts from the otherwise outstanding use of Google Earth.

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5 stars

"Awesome download!"

March 21, 2012  |  By Lust_For_Life

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.2.1.6014

Pros

The fact that you can add personal pictures is awesome!

Cons

I don't notice any.

Summary

It requires a lot of memory, but when you need it it's awesome :)

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5 stars

"Love it and am having fun so far"

March 20, 2012  |  By dmcrane1

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.2.1.6014

Pros

Seems faster and crisper

Cons

I haven't found any problems yet.

Summary

Just pure fun for me to go sailing around the earth and bore down to different places.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date March 11, 2012
Date Added March 11, 2012
Version 6.2.1.6014
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, 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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