PSA: Google Earth Pro Goes from $399 to Free

PSA: Google Earth Pro Goes from $399 to Free

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What used to cost $399 is now free for all the world to use.

Google search and modular phones aside? We've all messed around with the ad giant's Google Earth tool before, but now the best version of the world-exploring software is up for grabs at the low, low cost of zero dollars.

Google Earth Pro, which up until recently cost $399 per year per license, has dropped the pricetag altogether. Free keys are now available through the Google Maps and Earth Enterprise website. Once you sign up (email address required), a key should pop into your inbox almost instantaneously.

Existing users who already have a key will continue using that license -- no renewal required.

Along with all the goofing off/procrastinating you normally do in Google Earth, the Pro version adds a few layers of functionality. You can "...measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world." So anyone who needs a quick and cheap way to get a city skyline image? Go nuts!

...or if you need to make a compelling video to show why your neighbors backyard is the perfect spot for a new Shake Shack franchise, Google Earth Pro can probably help you do that.

Source: Google | Hat Tip to reader "Jaeger_CDN"

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well, seeing as the military isn't using it as much anymore, why shouldn't it be free?

Tsaba:
well, seeing as the military isn't using it as much anymore, why shouldn't it be free?

I'd say corporations would have been their biggest customers. I wonder if it's only free for personal use or something like that, doubt their giving it out for nothing to everyone.

When the form asks you for company name, job title and industry you can put whatever you want in there

I put 'none' in the first two and 'other' in the industry and my key was emailed to me instantly

Why couldn't more companies be like Google?

And for some reason, Google's service, this one included, still show me a bunch of funded locations rather than looking up the address I type in. Every time, a series of businesses pop up, not suggestions. In fact the location that's zoomed in on isn't even in the right county. Maybe this will fix with the Win X upgrade, I dunno, but until then I guess I'll have to use the competitors for map searches.

Jaeger_CDN:
When the form asks you for company name, job title and industry you can put whatever you want in there

I put 'none' in the first two and 'other' in the industry and my key was emailed to me instantly

No need for that anymore. You just download it and use GEPFREE as the license key.

this is nice. i think the free version was dieing since the online version was in some ways even superior, so they decided to make installable one popular again. What is this, Google starting to be nice again?

Doom972:

Jaeger_CDN:
When the form asks you for company name, job title and industry you can put whatever you want in there

I put 'none' in the first two and 'other' in the industry and my key was emailed to me instantly

No need for that anymore. You just download it and use GEPFREE as the license key.

thanks for that was not working for me :)

Actually, signing up is no longer required to download:

http://www.google.com/intl/en/earth/download/gep/agree.html

As stated above, use a valid email and the key: GEPFREE to get into the program.

 

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