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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 1799 votes out of 1799 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.3.0
  • Total Downloads:
    7,768,829
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 26, 2017
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    766.45KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    986
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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Editors' Review

Google Earth is a planetary exploration tool that lets you take a virtual trip to anywhere in the world, with tons of photos, information, and other types of interactive displays you can explore. Whether you have a particular destination in mind, or you just want to poke around and see what it's like to live in different areas, this app has tons to offer.

Pros

Fun dynamic: With this program, you can literally spin the globe and let your finger land on any random spot to decide where to explore next. It's easy to get lost for hours clicking around to view images of different places and see how people live in all parts of the world.

Lots of info: In addition to the images, which are excellent, this app also provides tons of information on the people, culture, and history of an area.

Cons

Awkward navigation: When you're poking around, it's sometimes hard to know what you're clicking on other than photos. There are many different types of icons denoting various kinds of features all over the map, and while there is a key provided, the icons are so small that it's tough to tell them apart most of the time. This makes searching for specific features or information difficult.

Bottom Line

Google Earth gives you a lot of fun information to play with, but it could benefit from a bit of an interface upgrade. That's no reason not to try it out, though, especially since it's free, and it does run smoothly, even if you can't always tell exactly what you're clicking on.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 7.3.0

Fixed:

  • Terrain imagery tiles missing in some locations.
  • Tour audio recording and playback not working.
  • Tours with recorded audio not correctly saved.
  • Crash when loading large KML data files.
  • Drag-and-drop files into application window not working.
  • Can't open KMZ files from a path with ".kmz" in it.
  • Skyscrapers cut off when saving high-resolution images.
  • COM registration not performed by Windows installer.
  • Some images embedded in KML don't load.
  • Anisotropic filtering option has no effect.
  • Startup Tips sometimes incorrectly positioned.
  • Labels in Arabic were often cut off.

Changes:

  • Earth "Free" and Pro have now been combined into a single product, Earth Pro.
  • Windows: Windows 7 is earliest version supported.
  • Windows: new installs default to OpenGL mode.
  • Mac: Mac OS 10.8 is earliest version supported.
  • Mac: application is now 64-bit.
  • Mac: antialiasing option is now available.
  • High-resolution ("high-DPI", "Retina") display support.
  • New Repair Tool to reset cache data, settings, and fix application startup issues.
  • Updated Movie Maker tool with new video formats.
  • Improved image saving, printing and movie making performance.
  • Web Inspector tool available for KML balloons.
  • HTML5 videos such as YouTube embeds work in placemark balloons.
  • Updated and improved internal Web browser and security.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date July 25, 2017
Date Added July 26, 2017
Version 7.3.0
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 766.45KB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 7,768,829
Downloads Last Week 986
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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