As of a few days ago, Google Earth Pro is now free. Google Earth Pro is a mapping/virtual globe/geographical application and service which used to cost $399 per year, and is obviously the “pro” version of the popular and free Google Earth.
Google Earth is a popular (and useful) application for those conducting genealogy research. It can help you in situations where you can’t physically visit an area, say a farm or a house tied to an ancestor, and it can also help you plan genealogy-related trips.
Among the features that set Google Earth Pro apart from the free Google Earth service are:
- Print high-resolution images
- Measure areas
- Measure distances (feet, miles, kilometers, acres, etc.
- Create peronsalized maps, which can be printed as an image or PDF
- Check parcel boundaries
- View demographic data
- Import address through a CSV spreadsheet
- Record HD movies of virtual flights
Some of those features are present in a limited capacity in Google Earth, but you can see the possibilities for genealogists.
You can read the full announcement here at Lat Long (Official Blog)
You can obtain a free key here (Google.com)
- Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
- CPU: Any Intel Mac
- System Memory (RAM): 512MB
- Hard Disk: 500MB free space
- Network Speed: 128 Kbits/sec
- Graphics Card: DirectX9 and 3D capable with 64MB of VRAM
- Screen: 1024×768, “Thousands of Colors”
You can read more about Google Earth Pro (and the limitations) here (Google Earth Pro Features).
You can download it here: Google.com/Earth