Good news everyone! Two weeks ago the Google Earth team announced on the Google Lat-Long blog that Google Earth Pro, which was formerly $399 dollars a year, would now be free for everyone!
Google Earth Pro has several additional features over the normal Google Earth software. Pro users have access to additional measurement tools that can be used to measure things like the area of a parking lot or land development. Under a pro license, users can also take high resolution screenshots of up to 4,800 x 3,200 pixels, a useful tool especially if you plan on making anything creative with Google Earth.
Google Earth Pro also includes exclusive access to certain pro data levels, providing information such as demographics and traffic data. You can see an example of what the data layers look like in the picture above. Additionally, Google Earth Pro also gives people access to great tools for importing data from spreadsheets. In Google Earth Pro users can process up to 2,500 addresses at once! This is a particularly interesting tool for anyone who, like myself, finds big data interesting.
The most relevant tool for me however is the ability to record HD videos in Google Earth! I’ll be looking into how this tool works more over the next week, and hopefully I’ll be able to utilize it to finally create the series on the Mapshole YouTube channel I’ve been planning for some time. I’ll keep you in the loop!
See you next time,