Google Earth for Mac

Google Earth for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.2.1.6014
  • Total Downloads:
    431,577
  • Date Added:
    March 17, 2012
  • File Size:
    42.88MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    152
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel/10.7

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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"Doesn't run on a 2008 MacBook Pro, OS X 10.5.8"

November 05, 2012  |  By EForster231

 |  Version: Google Earth 6.2.1.6014

Pros

It's free; it's not Microsoft

Cons

It doesn't actually run; there appear to be no solutions to this for OS X 10.5.8 out there.

Summary

It's bad P.R. for multi-billion-dollar corporations to fail when giving stuff out for free. Google has failed here.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.2.1.6014

- Share screenshots from your virtual exploration on Google+
- View seamless imagery of geographic landscapes all over the world
- Get improved search results and new suggestions
- Find biking and transit directions
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date March 17, 2012
Date Added March 17, 2012
Version 6.2.1.6014
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 42.88MB
File Name desktop.html
Popularity
Total Downloads 431,577
Downloads Last Week 152
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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