Softworld editor's review
Google Earth represents Google's attempt to recreate the planet by offering you a compilation of detailed maps and photos. The application is definitely very enjoyable to be used. However in order to use the program first you have to download and then install it. Depending on your configuration this can be done in a couple of seconds or minutes.
Explore and discover every corner of this globe
However there is no need to worry to much about not being able to run Google Earth because it doesn't have very high system requirements. The moment you have finished to install the program and start it you will be welcomed by a "Start-Up Tip" window. Although in some cases this can be very useful i personally find it very annoying.
After you close this in front of you will appear the main window in which you will see the planet and in both of the sides various options. At left, right at the top there are the "File", "Edit", "View", "Tools", "Add" and "Help" options. By entering the edit menu you are able to copy images, view locations or find a specific place.
In the view menu you can modify the look of the program in various ways. You can add a toolbar or sidebar or view the hole window in full screen. Google Earth can be displayed on a LCD monitor and also on a LCD TV. You can select various types of resolutions ranging from the standard one which is 640x480 and going up to 1920x1080.
In the general options menu you can modify the 3D view, cache, the way you navigate and others. At the top left you have available the search button. You can type any kind of location that you can think off and then press search. This is a great feature because once you press search the program will take you automatically at the specified location.
The maps are detailed and the pictures have a good quality. Beside pictures, you can select right under the search menu, to see various places, roads, 3D buildings, the ocean, various galleries and others.
What i like a lot about Google Earth is that you can move the map with your mouse. To zoom in and out you just need to press the right click button and then drag the mouse backward to zoom in and forward to zoom out. For those that encounter problems in using Google Earth there is a help section.
You can find out various keyboard shortcuts, enter the Google Earth community or check for online updates. What i didn't like about Google Earth is that the menu system is pretty confusing especially for a beginner. You can find yourself in a menu and not know for a couple of minutes how to return to the main window.
There is a "back to Google Earth" button but in my opinion it could be a lot bigger and placed somewhere else where you can see it clearly. The main issue with the program is that there are plenty of options available. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad thing, but there are a little bit to many. The interface looks pretty good but as i said it is loaded with to many options.
As a conclusion, I can say that I like a lot Google Earth. Although it has some flaws overall it is a very good application for those that are passionate about geography and for the persons that enjoy looking at pictures and places from all over the world.
Editor's rating: 5 / 5
Version 6.0 reviewed on: 22 Jun 2011
-plenty of pictures
-great search options
-you can navigate everywhere you want using only the mouse
Cons:-to many options
-menu system a little bit confusing
-takes time to load
Google Earth lets you fly anywhere to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, galaxies in outer space, and the depths of the ocean. Explore rich geographical content, search for business locations, see 3D buildings and add your own models, visualize your GPS tracks and share with others and dive beneath the surface of the ocean.
With Google Earth you can zoom from space to street level, find maps, driving directions, hotels, restaurants and many more.