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Google Earth Pro review by Andrew S.
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"Google Earth Pro Useful for Roadway Engineering"

What do you like best?

I personally like the ease of use of Google Earth Pro and the fact that it can be easily downloaded for anyone to use (consultants, contractors, and clients alike).

What do you dislike?

If there is anything I dislike about Google Earth Pro is the fact that sometimes it gets 'glitchy' and zooms me into a pitch black screen sometimes when exiting street view. However, every software is bound to have some sort of glitch, and this is a small inconvenience compared to large benefits.

Recommendations to others considering the product

My understanding is that anyone can download Google Earth Pro for free (note, I am not the one who purchases software for my company so I do not know for sure), so that being considered I would think there is no reason NOT to have it on your computer if you work on any type of highway or other civil projects. If you are a user of Civil3d, know that you can access Bing imagery from Civil3D itself which is useful, but I honestly prefer the imagery from Google Earth Pro and believe that you can get higher resolution with it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Google Earth Pro provides great imagery to use in high level exhibits or proposals and above all else is extremely beneficial to me as a roadway designer because it allows me to virtually visit (via street view) nearly any project I am working on without always having to physically be there (of course, taking into account how recent the imagery is). It is also useful for estimating areas which comes in handy quite often. Lastly, I have exported files from Civil3D to be imported into this software for clients and other coworkers to see project linework, stationing, and limits.

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Google Earth Pro review by Miguel P.
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"Take a look at the extraordinary geospatial images with google earth pro"

What do you like best?

The most novel thing is that it has help to geolocate information automatically. In addition, it allows you to import images of all types of resolutions to accommodate your own images, even exceeding their resolution. Something that was impossible in Google Earth. It also presents options to create all kinds of maps and add user's own layers to accommodate the images to the information that is to be presented.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it gets very slow and it gets stuck.

 in some cases the streets and roads are not the same.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend that you use Google Earth Pro, which is a tool for designing and editing maps and photographs. It is an excellent professional application.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Google Earth Pro helps to improve the relationship with customers, thanks to the use of an image with great detail to insert your design of a building at a specific point, enabling the realization of plans and images for reports. Something that can also be carried out outside urban areas, designing all kinds of routes, buildings, plans or any idea about the high resolution images of Google Earth Pro.

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Google Earth Pro review by John O.
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"New photo layer and the loss of the Panoramio Layer"

What do you like best?

What used to be one of the most useful aspects of Google Earth was the Panoramio Photo Layer. This imagery, provided freely by thousands of contibuters from all over the world, became a vital tool for science, environmental research and monitoring, anthropology, expedition planning and holidy planning, to mention just a few. The Panoramio Photo Layer was a fantastic archive of imagery, constisting of millions of photographs showing all aspects of life and topography from every corner of the world, many geotagged and and many accurately placed by the photographer. A few were misplaced but were so close that it didn't really cause many problems.

What do you dislike?

The wilful removal of the Panoramio Photo Layer is akin to book burning or the distruction of historic sites by terrorists in the Middle East. It a sad and ill judged act of vandalism.

The new photo layer is an extremely poor replacement for an amoazing archive. It is now purely an advertising medium, aimed at people visiting cities and tourist attractions. The icons are too big and the zoom feature of showing the icons means that the overal earth image is lost while trying t find the icons.

All images being pinned to pre-defined POIs is plainly ridiculous and impractical.

The loss of the Panoramio Photo Layer has rendered Google Earth almost useless, apart from viewing satellite imagery and that can be done with many other mapping tools, such as Bing Maps.

A total disaster for Google Earth, I am currently a user of Google Earth but only in the hope that the Panoramio Layer will be reistated. If it isn't, then I will not be using Google Earth any longer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Without reinstating the Panoramio Photo Layer, I can no longer recommend Google Earth.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Expedition planning, Environmental/Geographical Education

Google Earth Pro review by Marshall B.
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"Google Earth Pro - Great for Real Estate"

What do you like best?

I like the ease of navigation with the mouse within Google Earth Pro. "Driving" is intuitive, and the user interface makes it easy enough for anyone to understand how to use it.

What do you dislike?

Some of the toggles (prevent auto tilt, turning off certain views, etc) are somewhat hidden, so if there was an easier menu to turn things off that are somewhat nuanced, that would help.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Google has the most imagery of any other software, so to use another software would be handicapping your business.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is very easy to zoom to other markets and evaluate them from a remote location, and I also use Google Earth Pro on my iPad when I am with clients. I am able to solve questions as they arise regarding what business surround an intersection, and how visibility to a building may be from a road (via the Street View). Benefits are great due to being able to identify property from a birds-eye view, and then zoom into the street level to show a client what type of property they are looking at.

Google Earth Pro review by Julio A R.
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"La mejor manera de ubicar las zonas de interés"

What do you like best?

Me gustan muchos aspectos del Google Earth Pro como la visualización de las líneas de división, topografía y edificaciones, tambien es muy bueno para ubicar los sitios que nos interesan como áreas de riesgo por inundaciones, zonas de vulnerabilidad por deslizamientos, zonas de riesgo por almacenamiento de combustible y localización de hospitales, estos aspectos son importantes para visualizar en una superficie como una alcaldía o estado. Adicionalmente, se debe considerar las distancias entre rios y servicios para telecomunicaciones, sistemas contra incendios y costas y las distancias que estas tienen entre sí.

What do you dislike?

Una de las cosas que no me gustan es que se puede cargar fotos y la visualización de la superficie de la tierra con un ángulo diferente al ortogonal. en cuanto a las fotos, a veces tiene una diferencia entre la foto y la ubicación y el que cargue las fotos de una zona específica, por ejemplo morrocoy no permite que la computadora desarrolle bien el programa. En segundo punto, la superficie se distorsiona al cambiar el ángulo desde 90 grados a otro angulo diferente, pudiendo ver el terreno de forma oblicua.

Recommendations to others considering the product

El uso de Google Earth Pro es una herramienta poderosa debido a que puede ayudarnos a nosotros como ingenieros civiles a visualizar una superficie y estimar lo que puede ser construido en ella, determinar la distancia en que puede estar a salvo de una inundación y cercano a un servicio de salud.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Se resolvieron dos problemas, siendo el primer problema se midió los cambios en el retroceso de la línea de costa debida a la construcción de espigones, midiendo la línea de costa en el 2009 comparandola a los años anteriores que existen como base de datos en el Hatillo, Estado Anzoátegui,

Google Earth Pro review by Yemsi P.
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"Excelente Herramienta Online para la Geolocalización"

What do you like best?

Me encanta Google Earth Pro, siempre lo utilizo para ubicar lugares, crear Kml y ver las imágenes de satélite Landsat y Quickbird que están bajo su plataforma de visualización. Es una herramienta muy útil no sólo para los amantes de la cartografía y la geolocalización, sino también para todas aquellas personas curiosas de conocer ubicaciones y direcciones de los lugares en el planeta tierra.

What do you dislike?

Esta plataforma online me gusta mucho. Creo que lo única observación que tengo es que me gustaría poder agregar mas cantidad de atributos a los kml generados dentro de Google Earth Pro

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recomiendo Google Earth Pro a todas la personas que deseen ubicar cualquier elemento en el planeta tierra, es una plataforma sencilla de usar y posee maravillosa ventajas para vincularse con los software SIG

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

El google Earth Pro permite crear capas kml y kmz georeferenciadas de geometría de polígonos, polilíneas y puntos, además de vincularlas con software SIG. Esas características del programa me han ayudado mucho a resolver problemas como verificar capas shape proveniente de software SIG para saber si están bien geo localizada y ver usos de la tierra entre otras ventajas

Google Earth Pro review by Terri D.
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"Great for Classroom VIrtual Trips"

What do you like best?

I love that when I "fly" my classroom to a different place in the world, they can see how much of the globe we are traveling.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it can be a bit slow to work through pixelation into a clear view when we "land" in a new place.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Test it out, especially the destination you want to see, before presenting it to a group. Especially if you would like to zoom in on something specific, it is good to know how close you can get before you begin to lose some definition in the picture. (Plant life can begin to look like claymation if you get too close, but that is just part of life when dealing with this type of software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Field trips are becoming increasingly costly, even when they are local. I also sometimes face issues with parents not wanting their children to travel on a school bus. Using Google Earth gives my students the sense that we are traveling, that we can "go" to exotic places, and that there are places and things outside their small world that they should be curious about.

Google Earth Pro review by Ruiqing (Ray) P.
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"Google Earth Pro - Great for seeing terrain without a site visit"

What do you like best?

The smoothness and ease of use of the product allows for easy visualization of terrain/obstacles/challenges that might be faced on sites. The ability to lay 2d images based on GPS coordinates is an amazing feature that greatly helps visualizing where construction can take place.

What do you dislike?

It's easy to get sidetracked from task at hand as there is such a wealth of information, it become very easy to just look up side curiosities instead of concentrating on what you need to do at the moment.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great tool for visualizing terrain without the need of physically visiting the area.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Google Earth Pro allows for understanding terrain that might not be noticeable on drawings without having to plan a costly trip for a large group. It also allows for better visualizations of where construction can happen as you are able to place drawings onto the terrain in the program. Only 1 person needs to go to a site visit and they are then able to use Google Earth Pro to visually demonstrate/confirm the data that is shown allowing for a clearer understanding for those that are in the home office.

Google Earth Pro review by Jonathan Y.
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"So much you can do"

What do you like best?

I really like that you can gain perspective of where you live or work or places you might go. I also like using the measure function and find out how big a building is or what distance you may have traveled. I also like "exploring" new places or looking up locations that I read about to gain more global awareness.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, it takes a while to load the image to optimal clarity when zooming in. Also, after you zoom in to a certain distance, the images start getting blurry. I know that is because of the ability of the cameras, but I'd still like to see more detail. I can take a little while to get used to navigating around on the maps. The globe tends to rotate also as you are trying to fly from one location to another.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You will want to make sure you have a good internet connection. I would highly recommend exploring and playing around with it. There is an online only based google earth, but it does not have as many options or tools as google earth pro.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my classroom, I have been able to use Google Earth to show my students details about trips. I have also been able to show historical and geographical significance as background for music we are performing. I have also used it to look up addresses so I know exactly where I am going and how it will look when I get there.

Google Earth Pro review by Nick L.
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"This tool has literally changed the way the real estate industry works"

What do you like best?

The aerial and street view imagery. This has become such an integral part of our everyday lives that perhaps we fail to take the time to actually acknowledge what an incredible tool this actually is?

Additionally, the feature in the Pro version where you can see the measurements and internal area of polygons is a superb tool when trying to estimate the extent or built size of land or buildings.

What do you dislike?

Moving markers out of folders one at a time can be very time-consuming. You should be able to select and move multiple items at once.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I don't know of any other free alternatives to this product with nearly as many features and ease of use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This tool allows us to view assets all over our market without having to physically visit them - as an initial point of review, this saves enormous amounts of time.

Google Earth Pro review by ronald s.
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"The best gallery of satellite images at your fingertips."

What do you like best?

This program has the best and most up-to-date satellite image gallery, with which you can work, study, plan and even enjoy beautiful scenes even in 3D.

What do you dislike?

What I do not like about this program is that almost all the images (those of high resolution), are located in areas of cities and should be the entire world map.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a very simple and easy to use program, it allows you to locate places, select areas, establish meeting points, routes, make routes, among many other things; and you can download it and install it anywhere.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Google Earth is a very practical tool with very updated satellite images and has helped me a lot to locate places and extract coordinates, as well as add vector information and be able to save them as personalized maps.

Google Earth Pro review by Ujay K.
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"Great product, much more intensive than maps, and provides a nice UI for easy use."

What do you like best?

I found it very useful to get elevations charted out, while saving routes in the program for reference later. Very good for preliminary calculations for pipeline applications.

What do you dislike?

It can get a bit hard to control the movement of the earth when you zoom out. Otherwise its a pretty powerful product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try to get familiar with all features prior to using this for work. There is a lot of tools that can be used that aren't typically provided in Google Maps.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Elevations and charted distances allow me to determine pipeline mapping as part of my engineering work. Saving these instead of having to use google maps allows me to return to my work. It's useful and powerful to have something free and available for use.

Google Earth Pro review by Adam M.
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"Unbelievably powerful Free mapping solution"

What do you like best?

There are many great things about Google Earth Pro - it's free! You can create a really impressive looking video of any route big or small anywhere in the world. You can explore our amazing planet and even see how it has changed over the decades all from the comfort of your home.

What do you dislike?

It's not so much a dislike, as the range of things you can do for free with this app is breathtaking, but the graphical tools aren't very user-friendly. Unless I'm doing it wrong, you can't easily add a shaded polygon to a location or easily change the characteristics of single polygons from an imported file.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Dive in and play. It's fairly intuitive and you can be travelling around the world before you know it. For more complicated tasks like plotting waypoints etc there are plenty of 3rd party websites which can create the necessary files for you to import into GEP - most are fairly easy to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We often need to plot a map of venues that we've recruited across the UK and occasionally demonstrate their proximity to another list of venues, e.g. within a radius of 10 miles. We can overlay additional detail readily downloaded from other resources to show postcode districts, population density and then export the resulting map with a legend, embedded html logo, map overlays and a scale. Pretty awesome for our needs basically.

Google Earth Pro review by Federico R.
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"Google Earth Pro - Review June 1 2018"

What do you like best?

It is Free so no buts on return on investment

Easy to use for simple tasks.

Impressive views for business or just to admire the world

It has great Measurement Accuracy on buildings and land.

3D View of Buildings and cities it is impressive, gives yo a very realistic impression of sites and buildings as if you were there.

Flying Mode.

Response speed

Sceneries and uploaded pictures

Capacity of autoupdate images

Space view.

Easy to Travel around the world.

Geolocation accuracy

Address geocoding and identification. Extremely good at this. Even check on this to predict right address before checking with County CAD files or other mapping software.

What do you dislike?

It Crashes easily.

Limited things to do

Does not have an Data on the maps. You have to buy or import yourself

Not many add on designs

Not many pre programed tools to develop information on the map

Recommendations to others considering the product

This map tool has no data. Good tool for mapping purposes, but you have to import or buy any additional information you want to show on the map ( i.e. demographics)

No straight tools to design driving distances or territories without coding. there are other mapping applications that include all this but they are expensive.

There is not much human support. Every issue or question you have to rely on browsing the net and sometimes the responses are extremely technical.

But since the price is Free, there is no buts to the return on investment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Better picture quality than Google earth

Measurements

Google Earth Pro review by Trung H.
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"Full featured 2d/3d map viewer for free"

What do you like best?

The Google Earth we're all familiar with but with a few advanced tools (compared to it's browser based counterpart) with improved performance running in a native app rather than a web browser. The 3D mapping is incredibly helpful in evaluation a location and it's terrain ahead of time. The integration with google street view is invaluable, providing a real world look at a given location in addition to the topographical maps and accurate 3D rendering

What do you dislike?

Not a very useful program when there's not an internet connection available.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use google earth frequently in conjunction with street view to location scout for my photography. Google Earth allows me to see the terrain as well as evaluate the light at a given time/date.

Google Earth Pro review by Erin S.
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"Eyes in the Sky"

What do you like best?

I currently work for a roofing company, so we use this program a lot! It allows our estimators to preplan their visits, get an idea of the size of the property and potentially identify issues before ever walking on the property. Also, the new tour guide feature is pretty awesome.

What do you dislike?

It is sometimes hard to manipulate the map and the images are not always clear.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For roofing contractors, this software is a great, free asset to assess your jobs/ appointments before ever stepping on the property.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to view the property prior to arriving at the appointment. We can identify potential issues as far as access, height, obvious roofing issues, etc.

Google Earth Pro review by Kelly L.
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"Excellent Tool Full of Information"

What do you like best?

I am able to view any location if I enter an address or zoom in wherever I want to in the map. I can look in 3D views, photos, satellite images etc. Image is also high quality. What is amazing that it is free! You can see around the world with Google Earth Pro! Also works on mac!

What do you dislike?

Some areas are not updated often. With how fast the infrastructure is changing, Google Earth Pro needs to keep up!

Sometimes application is very laggy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in a very large school campus and I can see how far a work site is from my office. Save us a lot of time.

Google Earth Pro review by Karen Z.
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"Great as an Environmental Resource"

What do you like best?

The detail in the maps makes it really helpful to determine the general conditions of a site. Also, the historical imagery is really helpful. I really like that shapefiles can be created and shared on the program and can be exported to be used with GIS or AutoCAD systems.

What do you dislike?

Some times it takes too long to zoom into a location. Also, editing a pin location or text is difficult after you close out of the pin window.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It a helpful tool for site design and site assessments. Allows for an efficient way to create a map and can be be used with other systems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in the Environmental Consulting industry, so Google Earth Pro helps us with Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments as well as allows us to create shape files that can be used with our other programs.

Google Earth Pro review by lisandro g.
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"marcar mis sitios fijos de visita para estadística "

What do you like best?

que consigo todas las direcciones , puedo marcar lugares de mis clientes, ubicación de las estaciones de distribución de shell para entrega de los productos.

What do you dislike?

no actualizan tan rápido los mapas y hay lugares que están nublados y no se pueden marcar las zonas con presicion.

Recommendations to others considering the product

es muy util para grabar marcar zonas de visitas, clientes, antenas, bombas de gasolina, distribuidores, y luego sacar estadisticas y graficas con las coordenadas y entregar reportes precisos a la junta directiva de los logros con sus ubicaciones.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

estadisticas con graficas basadas en los datos que tengo guardados o marcados en esta aplicacion, ya que puego dar coordenadas y todo

Google Earth Pro review by David G.
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"Great tool to help make sense of the world around you!"

What do you like best?

I love the ease of use for this tool. It has many great features such as the integration with Google Street View, measurement tools which are ideal to get the answers our guests are asking in terms of distances from the vacation rentals to bus stops, shops, the slopes etc. We would never be able to answer those questions precisely without a tool such as this. From our interaction with clients, it seems that a lot of them know about the product & are happy that we're using it to answer their questions. They trust our replies based on this information which is a good sign.

What do you dislike?

I wuold love for the aerial photos to be updated more often, the current one of my area is awful & dark!! We live in a ski resort & being able to show up the scenery in a clear way is very important for us & our clients. At the moment, we've got a great & clear summer view straddled with a dark & horrible one - all for the same area!

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend using Google Earth Pro as it's an invaluable tool to better understand your surrounding area not to mention the help it can give to your customers when you try to explain things about your business environment. We work in tourism & understanding your area is all the more important!!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Google Earth on a daily basis to give our clients precise information & answers to their question regarding distances to the shops, to the slopes, bus stops etc.

Google Earth Pro review by Bobbilynne K.
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"Excellent Resource"

What do you like best?

ability to pull in .kml and .kmz files from various geospatial databases, ability to calculate area from polygons, and draw in circle/visualize elements that fall within a certain search radius, Street View

What do you dislike?

Sometimes have difficulty loading the program if I leave any layers turned on when closing out of the program--will freeze up and have to restart my computer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

remember to move new layers from the "Temporary Places" folder into your main folder before closing out of the program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this daily. As a geologist, there are so many available layers that help us to evaluate geologic conditions and potential exposure pathways adjacent to sites we're working on.

Google Earth Pro review by Chris C.
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"Aging, but still a valid tool for mapping."

What do you like best?

Pro license is now free for everyone, which means you can get high quality image exports. Also, the ability to import KML files from private and government entities adds a lot of useful data to the map. The "historical imagery" feature is really cool as well, letting you go back in time to see all the earlier satellite images taken throughout the decades.

What do you dislike?

It's clearly aging in place, and hasn't been actively updated in quite a while. It seems like Google is focusing their efforts on Maps, adding many features to it that used to only exist in Earth. The user interface is aging, and could certainly welcome an update. Many of the drawing features, such as points, lines, and polygons are missing basic features such as copy/paste.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great to use with the features it offers right now, but you can't expect Google to be adding features to it, at least for the time being.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used to screenshot Google Maps in order to get satellite images to use on our drawing sets and other documents, but now we use Earth to export up to a 4K image, which looks really great on presentations.

Google Earth Pro review by Kali A.
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"Great Program for "Exploring" the World"

What do you like best?

I believe this program is extremely helpful when planning a trip or traveling or business. This is the same as the free Google Earth program, but with so many more features and the ability to pull in different file types and formats. It makes observing different places so easy.

What do you dislike?

The program really could stand to be updated more frequently. While Google does a good job, some of the aerial photos as well as a few of the street views are aging.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Google Earth solves costs of travel. It also saves time when visiting a new location. Instead of driving to a location, I can look up an address, spin around on my computer screen, and see what I need to see. Further, when I am traveling, it saves time as I can become familiar with the area prior to actually visiting.

Google Earth Pro review by Andrew J. W.
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"Now I can really help out my customers better"

What do you like best?

I like that Google Earth provides many levels of data by year. I can look at an address and click on over 20 different views of the same address to see a timeline of what the location looked like over time. As I use Google Earth to design to scale, I can pull measurements and be very accurate without having to physically travel to the location to gather information.

What do you dislike?

I know this is something that may not be able to be fixed, but my clients always want the most up to date and accurate information of a specific address. Google Earth is quite accurate, but not real time. Some people think that I can see them in their actual kitchen, but Google Earth is not that good. The mobility within the computer program can be a little difficult. I am used to manipulating various design programs like SketchUp, AutoCAD, Google Maps, Bing Maps and Yahoo Maps - Google Earth seems to be a little different in navigating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to look at homes or business from an aerial view, Google Earth Pro is the best option out there. I find sometimes a better program that can get event more detailed and more current images, TerraServer. TerraServer can be costly depending on what you need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Google Earth solves costs of travel. Instead of driving to a location, I can look up an address, spin around on my computer screen, iPad or iPhone and see what I need to see. I realized that I can see the most current satellite image along with many years of previous satellite images of the same location quickly and easily.

Google Earth Pro review by User in Wholesale
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"Google Earth is fantastic"

What do you like best?

I love using Google Earth Pro! It is free & has good visuals. You can view almost any location up close. I especially like the tour guides as I can view pictures from around the world. I would say this one of the best products that I like to use. The best thing about this product is that I can be anywhere I want at anytime.

What do you dislike?

There isn't anything not to like about this software but it does need some updated maps. Some of the maps are old. I would have liked to be able to have some more tools. It would be easier if you could copy and paste a location into the directions field from your saved folder. I like using this tool when planning trips so I can check the area. Also, it has been running slow due to the graphics being in 3D.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a beneficial product as it is not only free but it helps if you need to view locations up close in 2d & 3d. I would recommend trying the mobile version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Google Earth allows me to plan trips & reviewing site locations for strategic planning. We have to utilize the site locations for freight claims processing and accounting. Being able to verify site locations and docks, has helped our business.

Google Earth Pro review by John H.
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"Google Earth Pro and Architecture"

What do you like best?

Google Earth Pro has so many tools to use from the beginning of a project that make site planning a breeze. Figuring out site boundaries, acreages, square footages, and distances are key to making the start of a project accurate. This won't replace a true site survey, but for initial stages of schematic design, it's very beneficial.

What do you dislike?

There tends to be a lag occasionally when trying to find a location. the zoom in/out feature especially. (I haven't looked into it far enough to see if you can turn that on or off though.)

Recommendations to others considering the product

There really isn't a better Free software for what you get with GEP.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a great tool for project start-up when you don't have a full survey of a site. The best part is you have a true site background image to work from that you don't get from a survey.

Google Earth Pro review by Benjamin E. J.
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"Global Mapping and Virtual Travel Assistant"

What do you like best?

I love using this for mapping out boundaries and routes. It's easily customizable and shareable. Aside from this, it's nice to see other contributors' local images and POI. I like that everything is manual, down to the smallest detail, which means that I don't have to fight with AI over a physical location vs an "address" location, which is sometimes far off the mark, or non-existent.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes I find it difficult to share/retrieve shares if the links are too long. I work around this by putting it through a link shortener or simply sending screenshots, depending on the level of detail required. Though I like to put a lot of detail in my work, sometimes I wish that there was a way to automate processes for which I use it, such as mapping out a custom route or area border.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is an exceptionally powerful tool, which is great considering that it's completely free. It is not an automatic tool, however. For my uses, routing and borders, everything is completely manual, which means I have 100% control over it. If you're a stickler for control and the finer points, the details, then Google Earth Pro seems like the best ticket.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Doing volunteer work in Peru, I used Google Earth Pro to map out effective client contact and distributed territory management for effective coverage. Even now, back in the US, I can collaborate with my friends and colleagues still in the field, and any other, for that matter.

Google Earth Pro review by Jason T.
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"Great from the start"

What do you like best?

Google Earth has always be the go to software for easy to use satelite imagery either in office or on the go. I can't emphasize enough that it is just that much easier to use than other software out there with amazing analysis and reviewing results.

What do you dislike?

Google seems to have some competition now that ESRI has come out with their own Arc Earth software. The one thing I loved about Google was the ease of navigation, but ESRI seems to have taken that a step further and bounced off the ideas of Google. I would like to see more support for newer technologies going into it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick analysis, Business or pleasure, Google Earth is always a pleasure to use. A definite benefit to using Google compared to other software is the update in imagery to keep up with current trends and events, which is a very important aspect to my current job.

Google Earth Pro review by Sara J.
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"Transportive software for imagining place"

What do you like best?

The "historical imagery" feature of Google Earth Pro provides a completely unprecedented opportunity for my students and I to look at patterns of human movement as a narrative. Where can recent population booms be seen by their impact on the Earth's surface? Where is topography changing due to human action? The ability to see years worth of physical change and evolution is incredibly powerful. It's also worth noting where images can't be focused in-- students make interesting conjectures about why satellites would not be able to image certain areas.

What do you dislike?

It's a bandwidth hog and runs much better on powerful Macs than it does on Chromebooks, even though it is a Google product. Its UE hasn't changed much in the seven years that I have been using it so it doesn't look as polished as other software in the GSuite.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Explore resources and case studies within the teaching community to broaden your concept of how this tool can be used!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The usefulness, adaptability, customization, and user provided layer options have made many more expensive curriculum resources unnecessary or obsolete. I'm able to use some of my textbook budget to refresh hardware instead.

Google Earth Pro review by Kathleen B.
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"Great Product for Getting Images to Use as Base Layers on Maps"

What do you like best?

I love Google Earth Pro! I use it all the time when I create maps for our marketing materials (amenities maps, access maps, proximity maps). I put in the address and then zoom to the level I want the map of, then it is very easy to save a high quality jpeg image of it. The images are high quality and don't look blurry underneath everything I put on top of it. I used to just use google maps online, but there was no way to save a high quality image (I always just screenshotted what I had on my screen - terrible) but this is so much better!

What do you dislike?

There really isn't anything I dislike about this. It gets done exactly what I need and use it for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommended if you need satellite images of areas!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our under layers of our maps were oftentimes a screenshot of Google Maps, so the quality wasn't high. With this program, I am able to save high quality images of areas that I need a map of. It is a great program that is easy to use and gets me exactly what I need.

Google Earth Pro review by samuel alejandro f.
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"amazing"

What do you like best?

really the experience of seeing in the world from the comfort of your home

What do you dislike?

that is very slow with internet connections a little slow since it does not load completely

Recommendations to others considering the product

can be started with this app to perform different tasks in different areas of work my recommendation is to try it a little with patience and get to get enough experience to use it according to your needs

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

explore the place of the next work meetings in the industry

Google Earth Pro review by Jason F.
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"Construction staging and aerial mapping"

What do you like best?

The company I work for greatly depends on the software Google Earth Pro as we are a contracting firm that is continually improving on existing infrastructure. Google Earth Pro is very useful for projects alike where comments and pinpoints can be made directly on the software for reference. Google Earth Pro provides us with quick measurements to some degree of accuracy. For example counting and measuring existing traffic lanes to configure traffic staging on a project.

Google Earth Pro historical imagery is a great feature in order to attain more clear and precise aerials of the area you are interested in.

What do you dislike?

All in all a great software with very few components for dislike. Could use some more accuracy when using measure tool on streetview. Street view is also sometimes buggy and does not load properly. Street view appears flat and 3D components do not load at times.

At times when contacting support, seems to be very slow to get access to any type of support. Would recommend to have more technical support.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Google Earth Pro serves so many functions and is the best at what it does.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The team is using Google Earth Pro to configure traffic staging of existing public traffic. We rely on Google Earth Pro to tabulate quick measurements on the road and to configure number of lanes. The software is very quick to load and provides clear images for our purposes.

Google Earth Pro review by User
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"Google Earth Pro is the absolute best!"

What do you like best?

This is a free software, quickly downloadable online, it provides clear satellite imagery, easily allows you to upload points and polygons to display your data. It also allows you to change symbology in multiple ways (change icons, color, size, altitudes of points, and more), which allows one to easily determine trends and observations occurring in their data. You can upload kmls full of your data.

What do you dislike?

It is easier to manipulate your data and symbology using other software, excel, and then use a separate software to convert xl files to kml, then upload to Google Earth Pro. Doing it in Google Earth is easy for a few points, but tedious for many points.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Alter data symbology outside of this software unless you are only changing a few points.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Google Earth Pro, I have been solving the issue of how to best display my data, see temporal trends, and see locational observations.

Google Earth Pro review by Internal Consultant in Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
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"Google Earth - Amazing Logistics TOol"

What do you like best?

Ability to create full fledged KML files of all stationary assets. I have been able to map nearly every asset we service which gives the ability to quickly divert resources when needed. Separating by layers, and custom icons for different service stations and loading terminals is beyond helpful. In the fuels industry keeping track of mulitple loading terminals, refineries and stations can be a burden. By using EIA data coupled with some elbow grease and exporting our own internal databases you can create a very powerful tool that allows you to quickly, at a glance, look at everything that you have infront of you.

What do you dislike?

To create KML files (which is the map file that google earth pro uses) documentation is scarce. There are outside websites that allow you to create then import, however within Google Earth Pro itself you're stuck "dropping pins" then manually editing everything. For a power user isn't a huge deal. If there was better documentation such as how to create a spreadsheet and export it into KML without using third party software it would be a huge benefit to end users. Same as mass addressing icons to groups. Again - this information is out there but it is NOT readily usable from inside the program. Being able to integrate other applications from outside google would be a nice touch too - a plugin model so to speak. For instance we use omnitracks - but with omnitracks you stuck using that data in a browser, over Bing maps. I can generally copy/paste a trucks GPS location into the search box of google earth, but this is cumbersome. Integrating other programs though addons, addins, or plugins would be great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you pull in outside resources to create your own custom maps. You don't need to pay for these services, you just have to dig down and figure out the proper ways to create KML files from Excel sheets. The information is out there but it's not quite easy to find. There are several websites that do an auto conversion of a csv or xls document for free, but limit you to say 200 or so entries.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As stated before - if you're in a jam and have a truck that needs to offload somewhere else - as in what is loaded up won't fit at its destination - you're able to quickly overview a map of the same customers to find a close diversion point. Also when pre-planning - using the "as the crow goes" method with the ruler between destinations is a great tool to ballpark if something is possible, based on distance. The overlays of roads also help. All however requires substantial setup using outside resources. Google Earth Pro just allows you to keep it all in one place.

Google Earth Pro review by Sally S.
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"Makes Our Business More Efficient and Saves Money "

What do you like best?

The accuracy of the program really helps in our Engineering Firm. It allows us to see property locations and exact details on all parts of site. One of the favorite features is the ability to walk along the street to see all storm sewer, clean-outs, manholes, etc...

What do you dislike?

The program constantly freezes and crashes. It is also very slow. The system can move slower than needed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just take your time when using it. If your computer is not a high capacity pc you will run into troubles.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Instead of us needing to go out on site for every project we are able to work more efficiently from our office.

Google Earth Pro review by Felix L.
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"Easy to use for obtaining aerial images "

What do you like best?

It's easy to get into the street views and to access aerial maps. It helps me plan my scene surveys. Photographs have good resolution compared to Bing. Sometimes I am able to find scene evidence on the pavement from these street views. I like the scaling function. I also like that I can save the images onto my computer.

What do you dislike?

The street views are not updated frequently. Whenever there are overpasses like on a freeway, cannot see the features in the overhead view. Also I am unable to see old versions of street views. Additionally, street views are not available in every major city that I am interested in (i.e. international cities).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very handy for grabbing scaled images, more accurate and higher resolution than Bing

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it in the accident reconstruction field, mainly for the scaled scene aerial photographs.

Google Earth Pro review by Edo M.
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"Civilisation level quantum leap"

What do you like best?

User interface is simple and powerfull, fast loading and availability of maps, posibility of inserting 3d objects made with some other software in 2d maps, mobile version that have a full 3d (that's aditional level on already great software). Languae support is perfect. Street vies is a great stuff, especially when I'm planing a business trip or looking for some specific adress/building for a meeting.

Virtual trips are also fantastic, visiting distant cities vithout laeaving Your chair.

What do you dislike?

Not all web browsrers are compatible with new version. Mobile version is fantastic, but some textures/objects are very bad. Maps are sometimes old (5+ years). Layers menu can be designed better.

Some other options would be nice to have.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a fantastic product for positioning, travel planning, real.estate business and hobby exploreres.

Educational potential is enormous.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Object/building positioning, travel planing, logistic plans.

With street view is possible, in many situations, to simulate a travel before leaving office, expecially if it's on some not known adress.

Google Earth Pro review by User
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"Google Earth Pro"

What do you like best?

The ability to get an intimate view of the globe is extraordinary and as far as I can tell, unmatched by any other company. I am amazed by how well one can view desired areas including zoom and road maps, even roads that barely exist. My favorite part is the ability to calculate areas and distances.

What do you dislike?

I wish it included Topography maps automatically. I found how I can import a topo map into Google Earth but the quality is not very good. I would want Google to build this feature in. Additionally, the mobility within the program is kind of confusing in how it turns and zooms differently than expected sometimes. I am used to zooming in by using two fingers on my mouse pad but that ends up rotating the picture instead of zooming in or out.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is such a helpful tool. I am so thankful it exists.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has helped us map and calculate areas of our fields in acres and distances between points.

Google Earth Pro review by User
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"Mapa con información real y actualizada"

What do you like best?

Con esta herramienta dispones de un mapa de todo el mundo con la escala que necesites y toda la información que necesites, ya sea por parte del propio producto, como subida por usuarios con sus aportaciones. En red puedes encontrar capas sobre infinidad de cosas que pueden ser de utilidad, como límites o rutas

What do you dislike?

En ocasiones el programa se queda bloqueado y se cierra, teniendo que repetir las últimas acciones, que por suerte suelen autoguardarse y no pierdes mucho tiempo para recuperarlas. En otras ocasiones la pérdida es mayor.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Programa perfecto para crear tus mapas, conocer lugares sin tener que desplazarte o aprender geografía. Al tener todo el planeta en un solo programa resulta realmente útil para infinidad de tareas y su sencillez de uso lo hacen muy intuitivo.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Es una herramienta muy util para medir distancias, crear planos de localización, marcar cosas sobre él, intoducir chinchetas en los puntos que necesitas para que no se pierdan o mandárselas a otra persona para que pueda localizar un punto exacto. Complementandolo con las imágenes de 360º a pie de calle te permite conocer lugares sin viajar hasta allí.

Google Earth Pro review by Matteo P.
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"Google Earth"

What do you like best?

With Google Earth pro you can see almost any part of the planet at hi resolution, you can set up animations, measure distances, save you places, use GPS coordinates and many many other useful features. If you're not using it already then do it!

What do you dislike?

In some area (in this cas eI am referring to my small hometown) the satellite pictures are not updated very often so if you're not looking at famous places you might be seeing outdated pictures.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're not familiar with Google Earth then just download it, it's a fundamental tool. And also if it does not help in your job it is really funny to explore any remote corner of the planet!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can use google earth for my site plans, site studies, to see what's around my projects and, most important, to see what I could be seeing for the site I am using.

Google Earth Pro review by Jake P.
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"Very helpful as a design engineer"

What do you like best?

The street view feature is the best thing about Google Earth Pro. It makes my job much easier in that I don't have to physically go out to the project area to survey for roadway striping, signs, etc. It is also very helpful to be able to measure distances and areas. The pins make it convenient to keep track of the locations and easily access again later. Google Earth Pro is a software that I use every day.

What do you dislike?

Not much to dislike, just that I hope Google will expand their geographic coverage and improve the quality of the aerial images. Also it would be nice if the images are updated more frequently to keep up with the fast-changing transportation infrastructure.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I strongly recommend Google Earth Pro to anyone in this line of business, and also for those who are interested in accessing detailed geographical information.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am an engineering consultant, and I provide engineering studies and designs for surface transportation systems. Google Earth Pro saves me time and money by allowing to view the site without having to actually go there.

Google Earth Pro review by Zaher M.
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"the first option when it comes to satellite and maps"

What do you like best?

layers , 3d view , maps , photos , links , locations , fly and walk throw , camera , and a lot of features ,

im using it with another programs too , like sketshup , exporting locations , and metadata , navigate between location too , city view , and more ,

even the tools are useful , to get the destance for example ,,

What do you dislike?

updating , . and birdview for cities ,,, , some time i hate that i have to use bing maps for this ,which are too old maps in there ,,,

Recommendations to others considering the product

well its very good ,, all know about it ,,, but if i should say something here , i should say test ur location first ,, if ur city had no 3d buildings , or 3d bump orthomap , it would be just a satellite image then , and all good use then is navigate and fly over a 2d map ,,, but if u live in NY , or berlin or some big city , it would be just amazing and fun to have the program installed in ur pc ,

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

create maps and editing maps , the most is use an raster image as background in autocad , or edit the photos to show off our concept idea , which i use it in architectural and urbandesign field.

Google Earth Pro review by Mike H.
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"Unmatched photographic detail of the world around us."

What do you like best?

The ability to import GIS directly, and measure the radius and areas of drawn features.

What do you dislike?

The layers menu is a little clunky by comparison to other softwares (ESRI/Autodesk).

Recommendations to others considering the product

For many Google Earth will suffice, but if you work in GIS very regularly, and could benefit from 3D analysis with aerial imagery, than Pro is for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Google Earth Pro as part of our renewable energy site design. We really value the GIS importer for bringing in internally produced shapes and areas (constraints etc) as we can visualise a layout in 3D far more easily than in GIS software. We also really like the measuring tools as we can work with constraints (topography and buildings) that are not always obvious in GIS software and mapping.

Google Earth Pro review by Dan L.
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"Great App for looking at satellite images of properties"

What do you like best?

Ability to see just about anywhere on Earth from a bird's eye point of view. Ease of seeing topographical features, snow covered areas, flood plains etc. Works great with touchscreen.

What do you dislike?

sometimes it can be a fuzzy image, but the crispness isn't bad for zoomed out views just the zoomed in views

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great app on my phone, simple to use and can be useful for many activities. It is helpful for seeing where water levels and flood zones are or could occur. Scouting campsites it can be excellent for as well. I've used it for real estate, backcountry camping and average last frost activities.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Distances between locations without using road, topographical terrain on potential properties

Google Earth Pro review by Keely B.
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"Better than your browser "

What do you like best?

Google Earth allows you to view basic graphic maps, satellite imagery maps, and maps in 3D. The ability to turn labels on an off, and that the labels themselves are sorted into difference categories, such as roads, places of interest, food, hotels, etc. Earth also allows you to turn on and off select 3D features, such as 3D trees or 3D buildings. Also notable is Earth's compatibility with SketchUp, which allows for SketchUp models to be places and viewed in Google Earth, with 3D street view surroundings. Oh, and best yet, you can access it for free!

What do you dislike?

I've experience a lot of glitches and crashing with Earth, which while annoying is not the worst thing. Also an issue is panning in Google Earth when viewing in satellite or 3D, it will display warped and often not correct itself.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Google Earth has been useful in my work place as it allows us to take better images of what a site looks like from above, as well as provide context as to its immediate surroundings and greater surroundings. With these images, we are able to include surrounding points of interest and significant locations around our site without spending a ton of time researching or exploring a city in person. This allows us to better relate sites to the greater surrounding context and help our clients see the site and the design's relationship to themselves and their surroundings, allowing us to create and deliver a better product.

Google Earth Pro review by Shannon R.
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"User friendly spatial software!"

What do you like best?

I love how easy it is to review and use spatial data and without having to deal with special file formats. It also requires very little training to become adept at using.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it can only read kml or kmz formats. It would be fantastic if they added a geodatabase or shapefile format.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It allows for other people in the company to use spatial data who don't have access to expensive software such as ArcGIS

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows us to share, view, and send spatial data to those who don't have licenses for other expensive products

Google Earth Pro review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Extremely Helpful tool for scouting out property online "

What do you like best?

When looking for additional properties in other surrounding cities for storage lots or available prosperities, Google Earth was a good and easy source for the initial search.

What do you dislike?

The only issue we found that is a challenge was that we can not blow up the images to a super large size. Good for initial search. For any detail we then had to go there in person

Recommendations to others considering the product

Again, this product is a very good source for viewing properities, landmarks or anything around the globe from the omfort of oyur comptuer. Inexpensive. The only improviement that i would recomment is a tool that can blow up that current image and clean it a bit before viewing them. THis way i would be able to save it and print it out larger and use it in my initial review. I am sure in a few years teh quality from this with be HD! Great product!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It absolutely saved us time on the initial search. Allowed us to be more efficient.

Google Earth Pro review by Diego R.
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"the world on your computer"

What do you like best?

the thing i like the best of using google eath sowtware is that i can easely find a real state direction and even mesuare it right there and give an idea of what can i do there i can take a screenshot and print it to draw in it its very easy to use and has many useful information like weather radar roads buildings photos of insteterting places etc

What do you dislike?

sometimes when you are using other softwares at the same time it gets slow or crashes

Recommendations to others considering the product

give it a try its free and meets every requirement

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

as i said earlier if i am searching for real state i can find it right away its a very powerful tool

Google Earth Pro review by Christin W.
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"See it without being there."

What do you like best?

Do you need to see a place but can't actually get there physically? This is the best way to do just that. I love this. Whether you need aerial shots or ground footage, see the area from the left or right, the top or the side. While I'm a bit new at using Pro, this version lets you calculate distances and printing out the images is easier than ever as well as clearer than ever.

What do you dislike?

I have not figured out all the bells and whistles just yet, but I am very new at using the program. I don't see myself using all the options open to me, but that doesn't mean that they are necessarily superfluous. Just because they are more complicated than my job calls for doesn't mean they are useless applications.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a really nifty program. I am liking being able to go and look at wherever they are going next to better prepare for waste removal and material delivery. It also helps to plot better courses of travel and schedule construction.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sitting behind a desk all day has drawbacks. I cannot go out into the field and look at the building my guys are working on and know what they are talking about when they subcontractors call. But I can go and look at the site before the job starts and get a good idea of what they are looking at without ever having to leave my office and still have a better understanding of what is going on out there.

Google Earth Pro review by User in Construction
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"Great Help in Designing Infrastructure Projects"

What do you like best?

I like everything this software has to offer- latest aerials, Street View, various layers of mapping, 3D features, measure tool, loading project kmz files etc. It’s very useful for me in designing infrastructure projects as I see/verify/measure the existing conditions without the need to go on site.

What do you dislike?

Nothing major....it completely serves the purpose for my work. The only thing i can think of is that it crashes some times and also performs slowly at times.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a great tool if you are working with mapping and aerials. do not turn on all the layers if you don't need them as it will slow down the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am engineering consultant and design highways and bridges. Google Earth pro helps me verify/measure the existing conditions without the need to go on site. Also, we load the proposed design as KMZ files and can better visualize the issues/conflicts with respect to existing features.

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