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.
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.
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.
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.
Google Earth puts a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. View exotic locales like Maui and Paris, as well as points of interest such as local restaurants, hospitals, and schools. Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps, and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. With Google Earth you can fly from space to your neighborhood--just type in an address and zoom right in, search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions, tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings, save and share your searches and favorites and even add your own annotations.
None positive to mention about this CNET web page.
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.
my XP computer does not handle the latest version well. street level does not load images completely, and may never fully focus. our Vista laptop, though sluggish loading street images and focusing overheads, still works acceptibly with Google Earth.
vPike.com works better overall than either Bing Maps or Google Earth. However GEarth has more of a fun factor.
October 05, 2013
Version: Google Earth 22.214.171.1249
Can't get it so there are no Pros.
Every Google Earth update that comes along almost always say its for Windows and Mac. Then when you get into the installation, instructions are in Windowsese and a medallion shows up that says Windows. Why say up front that it for both versions but it's not so for Macs? Or am I missing something?
August 31, 2013
Version: Google Earth 126.96.36.19942
Pro? I waste much less time using it because it SUCKS.
Con? The waste of time installing it.
I honestly have to wonder if companies like google and ebay have people employed with no better endeavor than work on ways to ruin what were once perfectly good programs so they can keep themselves busy fixing them later. This latest version is a complete mess! Thoroughly unpleasant to use, the navigation buttons either don't work or do things you don't want when they almost do. The graphics are a` joke, with the entire landscape looking like broken glass and when you're in surface view chunks of buildings float in the air like flying turds. The whole thing for me, downloading it and trying to stumble through it, was just an annoying waste of time which is bizarre because a couple of years ago it worked great. How did this get through QA? It's like they have a bunch of idiots running the show and just don't care.