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Google Earth Pro finally is available for free amid growing use of mapping apps and Street View services.

Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 a year. After everyone soaks that in it should become clear just how incredible the company’s move to make Google Earth Pro free really is. It has some incredible features and for no additional cost for the upgrade, it really is something that should be taken advantage of. The only requirement, that Google will be placing on Google Earth Pro, is the license sign up that is required, and, of course, the system check that will ensure each system meets the necessary performance requirements.

Windows PC’s will need to be running XP, at the very least. It will require 500MB of free storage, as well as 512MB of RAM. While the storage and memory requirements are the same for the Mac version, it will require an operating system of OS 10.6 or higher. The question a lot of users are asking though is “What will you get with Google Earth Pro?”

Google Earth Pro allows users to measure 3D buildings, and various geographical locations, print high-resolution screenshots, and even view some demographic and traffic specifics of the region you’re looking at in the process. Google Earth Pro will also allow users to create some really great content as well. Google Earth Pro’s Product Manager Stafford Marquardt said “Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world.”

He went on to say, “Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops.” That’s really the interesting part of this software availability. This isn’t necessarily something that the average user will find useful, unless they’re going on a trip – or a cyber trip – but professionals who don’t want to incur the expense, now have a great opportunity to get a piece of software that really does have some phenomenal capabilities. It will be interesting to see how this works out for Google in the long-run, or if they decide to work the pricing back up as time goes on.

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