Combines satellite images and maps and uses the powerful Google Search engine.
With Google Earth, seeing places is easier than ever. Simply type in any address and zoom in, tilt or rotate to obtain the perfect view. Choose from schools, parks, hotels, restaurants.
The free version includes sophisticated streaming technology, local search, layers (show parks, schools) and KML (the data exchange format that allows a user to share useful annotations).
For $20 subscription based annual fee, Google Earth Plus (beta) offers GPS data import (supports Magellan and Garmin devices), higher resolution printing, customer support.
Google Earth Pro, on the other hand, features overlays (imports design sketches) and spreadsheet import. Optional premium packages are also available: Movie Making Module (export compressed movies (.wmv) of zooms and tours ), Premium Printing Module (print high-resolution images up to 11″ x 17″), GIS Data Importing Module (incorporate GIS data in file formats such as .shp, .tab), GDT Traffic Counts Data (add traffic counts from GDT) and NRB Shopping Center Data. Google Earth Pro has a subscription based annual fee of $400. Each premium extra feature costs another $200.
Here is the minimum configuration for Google Earth:
- Operating system: Windows 2000, Windows XP
- CPU speed: IntelÂ® PentiumÂ® PIII 500 MHz
- System memory (RAM): 128MB
- 200MB hard-disk space
- 3D graphics card: 3D-capable video card with 16MB VRAM
- 1024×768, 32-bit true color screen
- Network speed: 128 kbps (“Broadband/Cable Internet”)
Google Earth (Free Version) 3.0.0762 Beta can be downloaded here.