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posted by janrinok on Monday February 09 2015, @05:34AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the it-only-costs-your-email-address dept.

Google has long offered a Pro version of Google Earth for $399 per year that includes some pretty cool extras not found in the free version. Now Rick Broida reports at Cnet that you can get Google Earth Pro absolutely free. All you have to do is download the installer, run it, then sign in using your e-mail address (as your username) and license code GEPFREE. Features include: Advanced measurements: Measure parking lots and land developments with polygon area measure, or determine affected radius with circle measure; High-resolution printing: Print images up to 4,800 x 3,200 pixel resolution; Exclusive pro data layers with Demographics and traffic count; Spreadsheet import: Ingest up to 2,500 addresses at a time, assigning place marks and style templates in bulk; and Movie-Maker: Export Windows Media and QuickTime HD movies, up to 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution. If you’ve ever been involved in a property dispute, you’ll know how acrimonious they can get. Google Earth Pro includes parcel data that definitively defines property boundaries. "Do you really need this? Probably not, as Pro was created with business/enterprise users in mind," writes Broida. "Let's be honest, [Google Earth Pro has] entertainment value that's virtually impossible to measure."

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Appalbarry on Monday February 09 2015, @05:51AM

    by Appalbarry (66) on Monday February 09 2015, @05:51AM (#142615) Journal

    Windows and Apple only. :(

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Monday February 09 2015, @07:04AM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 09 2015, @07:04AM (#142622) Homepage Journal

      Correct. Odd that Google doesn't support Linux. They built an entire industry based on Linux, under the Android name. (I'm aware that Google doesn't own everything pertaining to Android, but they basically built an entire industry shoehorned in between the many other competitors.)

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      • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 09 2015, @08:01AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 09 2015, @08:01AM (#142626)

        Windows and OSX are stable predictable platforms with very little variation. On the Linux scene there's too much IDIC: infinite diversity in infinite combinations. Giant evil corporations like Google hate diversity.

        • (Score: 2) by Reziac on Monday February 09 2015, @08:05AM

          by Reziac (2489) on Monday February 09 2015, @08:05AM (#142627) Homepage

          I'm guessing they'd be more than happy to support diversity, even IDIC, if only enough programmers would volunteer to create the necessary builds...

      • (Score: 2) by aristarchus on Monday February 09 2015, @08:34AM

        by aristarchus (2645) on Monday February 09 2015, @08:34AM (#142632) Journal

        Odd? Android? Do you knot know the google is gninormously based on Linux from the very beginning? Do you think any Microsoft software could index the internet? So the betrayal goes deeper than you can imagine. "Don't be evil." F'ing Balrogs! The new motto is "Thou shall not pass!" (Go Gandalf!, and "Fly, you fools!)

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      • (Score: 3, Informative) by frojack on Monday February 09 2015, @09:11AM

        by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 09 2015, @09:11AM (#142640) Journal

        Google Earth runs on Linux, so I suspect Google Earth Pro can not be that far away for Linux.

        I've been running the standard version for of Earth for several years on Linux.

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        • (Score: 2) by Nerdfest on Monday February 09 2015, @11:06AM

          by Nerdfest (80) on Monday February 09 2015, @11:06AM (#142655)

          It's actually packaged for you in Wine if I remember correctly, it's not running 'natively'.

          • (Score: 5, Informative) by fnj on Monday February 09 2015, @11:32AM

            by fnj (1654) on Monday February 09 2015, @11:32AM (#142657)

            Incorrect. It's native.

            $ LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/google/earth/legacy:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH ldd /opt/google/earth/legacy/googleearth-bin
                            linux-gate.so.1 (0xf7701000)
                            libpthread.so.0 => /usr/lib32/libpthread.so.0 (0xf769e000)
                            libdl.so.2 => /usr/lib32/libdl.so.2 (0xf7699000)
                            libgoogleearth_free.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libgoogleearth_free.so (0xf7594000)
                            libglobalnew.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libglobalnew.so (0xf7591000)
                            libQtCore.so.4 => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libQtCore.so.4 (0xf7296000)
                            libQtGui.so.4 => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libQtGui.so.4 (0xf682b000)
                            libQtNetwork.so.4 => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libQtNetwork.so.4 (0xf66ff000)
                            libfontconfig.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libfontconfig.so.1 (0xf66c3000)
                            libfreetype.so.6 => /usr/lib32/libfreetype.so.6 (0xf6600000)
                            libcurl.so.4 => /usr/lib32/libcurl.so.4 (0xf6580000)
                            libX11.so.6 => /usr/lib32/libX11.so.6 (0xf6449000)
                            libXrender.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libXrender.so.1 (0xf643e000)
                            libXext.so.6 => /usr/lib32/libXext.so.6 (0xf6429000)
                            libGL.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libGL.so.1 (0xf637f000)
                            libGLU.so.1 => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libGLU.so.1 (0xf6300000)
                            librt.so.1 => /usr/lib32/librt.so.1 (0xf62f7000)
                            libQtWebKit.so.4 => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libQtWebKit.so.4 (0xf52f5000)
                            libstdc++.so.6 => /usr/lib32/libstdc++.so.6 (0xf5200000)
                            libm.so.6 => /usr/lib32/libm.so.6 (0xf51b3000)
                            libc.so.6 => /usr/lib32/libc.so.6 (0xf4ffb000)
                            libgcc_s.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libgcc_s.so.1 (0xf4fdf000)
                            /lib/ld-lsb.so.3 (0xf7702000)
                            libIGCore.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libIGCore.so (0xf4eef000)
                            libIGUtils.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libIGUtils.so (0xf4ec7000)
                            libapiloader.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libapiloader.so (0xf4ec3000)
                            libauth.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libauth.so (0xf4e54000)
                            libbase.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libbase.so (0xf4d53000)
                            libcommon.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libcommon.so (0xf4cb4000)
                            libcommon_gui.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libcommon_gui.so (0xf4c86000)
                            libcommon_platform.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libcommon_platform.so (0xf4c82000)
                            libcommon_webbrowser.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libcommon_webbrowser.so (0xf4c32000)
                            libcomponentframework.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libcomponentframework.so (0xf4c2a000)
                            libgeobase.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libgeobase.so (0xf4924000)
                            libgeobaseutils.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libgeobaseutils.so (0xf48cd000)
                            libge_net.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libge_net.so (0xf487b000)
                            libgdata.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libgdata.so (0xf4844000)
                            libgoogleapi.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libgoogleapi.so (0xf4825000)
                            libmath.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libmath.so (0xf47dd000)
                            libmoduleframework.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libmoduleframework.so (0xf47cf000)
                            libmaps.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libmaps.so (0xf4793000)
                            libport.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libport.so (0xf4789000)
                            libprofile.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libprofile.so (0xf4785000)
                            librender.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/librender.so (0xf472d000)
                            libreporting.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libreporting.so (0xf4720000)
                            libsgutil.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libsgutil.so (0xf45fc000)
                            libspatial.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libspatial.so (0xf4411000)
                            libxsltransform.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libxsltransform.so (0xf440a000)
                            libz.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libz.so.1 (0xf43f3000)
                            libSM.so.6 => /usr/lib32/libSM.so.6 (0xf43ea000)
                            libICE.so.6 => /usr/lib32/libICE.so.6 (0xf43cd000)
                            libexpat.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libexpat.so.1 (0xf43a3000)
                            libbz2.so.1.0 => /usr/lib32/libbz2.so.1.0 (0xf4392000)
                            libpng16.so.16 => /usr/lib32/libpng16.so.16 (0xf4353000)
                            libharfbuzz.so.0 => /usr/lib32/libharfbuzz.so.0 (0xf42f6000)
                            libidn.so.11 => /usr/lib32/libidn.so.11 (0xf42c2000)
                            libssh2.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libssh2.so.1 (0xf4292000)
                            libssl.so.1.0.0 => /usr/lib32/libssl.so.1.0.0 (0xf4222000)
                            libcrypto.so.1.0.0 => /usr/lib32/libcrypto.so.1.0.0 (0xf402b000)
                            libgssapi_krb5.so.2 => /usr/lib32/libgssapi_krb5.so.2 (0xf3fd8000)
                            libkrb5.so.3 => /usr/lib32/libkrb5.so.3 (0xf3ef4000)
                            libk5crypto.so.3 => /usr/lib32/libk5crypto.so.3 (0xf3ebe000)
                            libcom_err.so.2 => /usr/lib32/libcom_err.so.2 (0xf3eb9000)
                            libxcb.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libxcb.so.1 (0xf3e93000)
                            libglapi.so.0 => /usr/lib32/libglapi.so.0 (0xf3e7a000)
                            libXdamage.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libXdamage.so.1 (0xf3e76000)
                            libXfixes.so.3 => /usr/lib32/libXfixes.so.3 (0xf3e6f000)
                            libX11-xcb.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libX11-xcb.so.1 (0xf3e6c000)
                            libxcb-glx.so.0 => /usr/lib32/libxcb-glx.so.0 (0xf3e51000)
                            libxcb-dri2.so.0 => /usr/lib32/libxcb-dri2.so.0 (0xf3e4b000)
                            libxcb-dri3.so.0 => /usr/lib32/libxcb-dri3.so.0 (0xf3e47000)
                            libxcb-present.so.0 => /usr/lib32/libxcb-present.so.0 (0xf3e42000)
                            libxcb-randr.so.0 => /usr/lib32/libxcb-randr.so.0 (0xf3e32000)
                            libxcb-xfixes.so.0 => /usr/lib32/libxcb-xfixes.so.0 (0xf3e29000)
                            libxcb-render.so.0 => /usr/lib32/libxcb-render.so.0 (0xf3e1e000)
                            libxcb-shape.so.0 => /usr/lib32/libxcb-shape.so.0 (0xf3e19000)
                            libxcb-sync.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libxcb-sync.so.1 (0xf3e10000)
                            libxshmfence.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libxshmfence.so.1 (0xf3e0d000)
                            libXxf86vm.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libXxf86vm.so.1 (0xf3e07000)
                            libdrm.so.2 => /usr/lib32/libdrm.so.2 (0xf3df8000)
                            libIGMath.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libIGMath.so (0xf3daf000)
                            libfusioncommon.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libfusioncommon.so (0xf3daa000)
                            libIGAttrs.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libIGAttrs.so (0xf3d28000)
                            libIGGfx.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libIGGfx.so (0xf398f000)
                            libIGSg.so => /opt/google/earth/legacy/libIGSg.so (0xf3887000)
                            libuuid.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libuuid.so.1 (0xf3880000)
                            libglib-2.0.so.0 => /usr/lib32/libglib-2.0.so.0 (0xf3759000)
                            libkrb5support.so.0 => /usr/lib32/libkrb5support.so.0 (0xf374b000)
                            libkeyutils.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libkeyutils.so.1 (0xf3746000)
                            libresolv.so.2 => /usr/lib32/libresolv.so.2 (0xf372c000)
                            libXau.so.6 => /usr/lib32/libXau.so.6 (0xf3728000)
                            libXdmcp.so.6 => /usr/lib32/libXdmcp.so.6 (0xf3721000)
                            libpcre.so.1 => /usr/lib32/libpcre.so.1 (0xf36ad000)

            • (Score: 2) by Nerdfest on Monday February 09 2015, @04:02PM

              by Nerdfest (80) on Monday February 09 2015, @04:02PM (#142745)

              Thanks! Someone on SlashDot had stated that it was packed with a Wine wrapper a few years back. That'll teach my to blindly trust random information on the internet.

          • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday February 09 2015, @12:09PM

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 09 2015, @12:09PM (#142662) Homepage Journal

            I don't do Wine. If/when it is essential that I run a Windows-centric application, I just fire up a VM, then shut it down when I'm finished with the VM. Wine has done some odd things over the years, and I just can't bring myself to give a Wine container access to my file system. In a VM, everything is bottled up quite nicely, I get no Wine stains on my real working desktop.

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      • (Score: 2) by LoRdTAW on Monday February 09 2015, @08:14PM

        by LoRdTAW (3755) on Monday February 09 2015, @08:14PM (#142812) Journal

        They built an entire industry based on Linux, under the Android name.

        Not to split hairs but:
        Android is not a GNU/Linux OS in the sense that Fedora or Debian is. It is an OS that uses the Linux kernel and has its own userland. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)#Software_stack [wikipedia.org]

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 09 2015, @08:11AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 09 2015, @08:11AM (#142629)

    For narcissistic morons maybe, if they have very short memories.

    Oooo ahaha I can see my house on Google Earth.
    Oh and lookit, I can see my house on Google Earth.
    And oh snap, I can see my house on Google Earth.
    It's great, I can see my house on Google Earth.
    So amazing, I can see my house on Google Earth.
    Wowwwww, I can see my house on Google Earth.

    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 09 2015, @10:47AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 09 2015, @10:47AM (#142654)

      It's got endless uses. I use the path tool to get the exact distance of long walks.

      Everything that was added to Google Maps goes into Google Earth so you can get bus stops, directions, Street View, etc.

      One of the community layers has notes added by people to the map. Everything from the mundane to the arcane.

      KML/KMZ allow fly-through tours and other features to be added and shared.

      It has views of the night sky, Mars, Moon, and the ocean. Some of that would be a better use for Stellarium [stellarium.org] but it's a good trend. Like with Earth you can add community annotations showing interesting astronomical features.

      The pro version has demographics layers, heat maps, parcel data (may be more accurate than street address) and video export. Not much more than regular but good for some YouTubers.

    • (Score: 2) by e_armadillo on Monday February 09 2015, @08:18PM

      by e_armadillo (3695) on Monday February 09 2015, @08:18PM (#142814)

      I was just going to look at my house on Google Earth . . . you insensitive clod!

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 09 2015, @08:13AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 09 2015, @08:13AM (#142630)

    You can do anything you want to, up to any resolution you can dream of! Also, you're not giving any more of your valuable data to google.

    https://openstreetmap.org [openstreetmap.org]

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by wonkey_monkey on Monday February 09 2015, @08:27AM

      by wonkey_monkey (279) on Monday February 09 2015, @08:27AM (#142631) Homepage

      You can do anything you want to

      Except for getting actual aerial imagery, which is the thing most people use Google Earth for.

      Also the 3D buildings thing is pretty cool.

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      • (Score: 4, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 09 2015, @01:22PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 09 2015, @01:22PM (#142689)

        On the other hand, Google seems to be going out of their way to make using their aerial imagery difficult.

        It used to be that you could easily switch the angle of view by fiddling with a circular compass widget - it wasn't the best UI (Bing's is much simpler, just click on the N/S/W/E), but it was workable. Now you have to drag the map around and hope you get a new angle of view. It went from intuitive but clunky to barely discoverable and immensely frustrating.