Google Earth

Google Earth

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0.3.8542
  • Total Downloads:
    7,483,587
  • Date Added:
    March 02, 2013
  • File Size:
    766.45KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,976
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Note: The 756K 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

    2.3

    out of 17 votes

    • 5 star 4
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 10
  • 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

    "Google Earth is great!"

    December 16, 2013   |   By weegee2899

    Version: Google Earth 7.1.2.2041

    Pros

    Let's you explore all over the usa and other countries too!

    Cons

    Can be laggy.
    And the pictures can take a while to focus. I think that depends on your graphics card.

    Summary

    Besides the cons Google Earth is great!

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  • 1 stars

    "Extremely annoying CNET display"

    November 16, 2013   |   By keesvanderwal

    Version: Google Earth 7.1.2.2041

    Pros

    None positive to mention about this CNET web page.

    Cons

    On the CNET page I cannot find the button to start the download of the intended program. There is an extremely annoying number of buttons leading to downloads of other nonsense-programs that i do NOT want to download.

    Summary

    Extremely annoying CNET web page.

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  • 1 stars

    "Will not download."

    November 15, 2013   |   By Moxnicht

    Version: Google Earth 7.1.2.2041

    Pros

    See above.......................

    Cons

    See above..........

    Summary

    See above..........

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  • 1 stars

    "won't download"

    November 14, 2013   |   By roadbase

    Version: Google Earth 7.1.2.2041

    Pros

    won't download so i don't need to waste my time with it.

    Cons

    not downloading

    Summary

    won't run

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 7.0.3.8542
    Version 7.0.3.8542 fixed various issues with balloons no longer flicker while playing tours, SSL certificate revocation errors appropriately, appearance of image and polygon overlays for users running some families of Radeon GPUs, and included stability improvements for users running Earth for extended periods of time.
    General
    Publisher Google
    Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
    Release Date March 01, 2013
    Date Added March 02, 2013
    Version 7.0.3.8542
    Category
    Category Educational Software
    Subcategory Science Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, 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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