Google Earth Pro Now Available for Free

February 2, 2015
North America as seen on Google Earth.

North America as seen on Google Earth.

Google Earth Pro, the premium version of Google’s popular Google Earth software, has just dropped its $400/year subscription fee.

Compared to the standard package we all know and love, Google Earth Pro adds a number of advanced features such as more measuring tools, high-resolution printing, additional data layers, and the ability to make movies.

Most exciting however is the ability to import spreadsheets and GIS data such as ESRI shapefiles (.shp) and MapInfo (.tab) files.

The specific differences are outlined in the following helpful video, which was once used to encourage business professionals to upgrade.

For anyone interested in grabbing a now free copy, users must first download a copy and then request a key. It seems that many people are jumping on this fantastic offer as Google’s sign up page has been experiencing some technical difficulties. Keep trying.

Google Earth is now free [Google]

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