Google Earth Pro is now free

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  1. Michaelgtrusa, Jan 31, 2015
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    Google Earth Pro is now free! Link here.
    http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2015/01/google-earth-pro-is-now-free.html

    Google Earth Pro Is Now Available For Free
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    Today Google GOOGL +4.85% has announced that Google Earth Pro is now available for free. Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 per year. Google Earth is a geospatial software application that displays a virtual globe, which offers the ability to analyze and capture geographical data. Google Earth was created after Google acquired CIA-funded Keyhole Inc. in 2004. Under Keyhole, the application was known as EarthViewer 3D. The Google Earth desktop client hit the billion download mark in October 2011.

    There are several differences between the free version of Google Earth and Google Earth Pro. The free version of Google Earth lets you print screen resolution images, whereas Google Earth Pro offers premium high resolution photos. The free version of Google Earth requires you to manually geo-locate geographic information system (GIS) images, but Google Earth Pro helps you automatically find them. And the free version of Google Earth only allows you to import image files that are up to a max texture size, but Google Earth Pro offers Super Image Overlays that are more than the max texture size.

    Google Earth Pro uses the same imagery as the free version of Google Earth. However, Google Earth Pro offers additional tools designed for business users like the ability to create animation movies and an option to set up measuring areas of polygons or circles. Google Earth Pro also lets you map multiple points at once and lets you access demographic, graphic and traffic data layers.

    “Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world,” said Google Earth Pro product manager Stafford Marquardt.





    Data in Google Earth Pro that I find most compelling is the U.S. demographics information. For each state, you can find out demographic information in regards to the age, education, gender and income for the current year or the five-year projected. This data could be useful for businesses to conduct marketing research.

    RockWare, a geological software company based in Golden, Colorado founded in 1983, is known for taking field measurements at the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains to determine the mysteries underneath the surface that are causing the tilts of rock formations. With a GPS device and specialty tools, RockWare plots the data on a map to gain intuitive 3D understanding of the rocks and then imports this data into Google Earth Pro. Using this data – Google Earth Pro produces interactive 3D visuals, which RockWare shares with their customers. If a toxic spill leaks into the water table, RockWare can model the spread and speed of the contamination using animations. RockWare’s clients can understand the impact of these types of geological events so that they will know how to act upon them. Here is a video featuring researchers at RockWare discussing how they use Google Earth Pro:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD5Tr4PQOWk



    You can request a free key for Google Earth Pro at: https://geoauth.google.com/gev0/free_trial.html. The e-mail address that you use to register for Google Earth Pro will be your username. After you sign up, Google will send you a key to enter when you open Google Earth Pro.

    Do you use Google Earth or Google Earth Pro? What are your thoughts about Google Earth Pro becoming a free service?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I'm guessing a lot of people are taking advantage of that. The "grab a free key" site is having problems:

     
  3. Michaelgtrusa thread starter macrumors 604

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    You'll have to try again, I was able to get it.
     

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    Uncompleted License Key request

    "Error! Your sign up can not be completed due to We're sorry. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later.."

    I got the same error message
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yep. It worked after trying a few times.
     
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  7. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    I got the key but when I tried to download it it would not so I used the click here to download and got the regular version. had to go back and find the small link to download the pro version
     
  8. iBighouse macrumors 6502a

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    i had the same problem. It installed the regular version from their link. Where did you find the link for the pro version???
     
  9. Hacks macrumors member

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    I haven't used Google Earth in many years since Google Maps that comes up with a Google search shows satellite imaging.

    For a casual user, is there any benefit to Earth? Better resolution?
     
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    I am unable to get the download to proceed. I have been trying to download either version of Earth for a few weeks and always have the same result. I click to start the download and the thank you page appears but nothing else happens so I then click the download link and a new tab opens but the download does not start.

    Arrghhh. I can't figure it out.

    This is on my brand new macBookPro 15" with iris graphics.

    Any ideas?
     
  13. mgipe macrumors demi-god

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    Is this permanent or just a limited time free trial?
     
  14. griefrev macrumors member

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    I had no problem downloading it and got the key with ease, but every time I try to search for a place, it crashes.
     
  15. Pndrgnsvc macrumors 6502

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    I received License Key ok, but the subsequent download is always the normal/regular Google Earth.

    So, how do I get the Pro version?
     
  16. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    Use my link
     
  17. Pndrgnsvc macrumors 6502

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    Worked as advertised. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Bravo! :)
     

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