Google Earth 4.1 (beta) Released! SpaceNavigator for the Mac!

Lost location in Google EarthI had been hearing a new version Google Earth was due soon. I knew this would be an important release to a lot of Mac users, because it would enable you to use your SpaceNavigator with Google Earth on the Mac! I’ve just gone to the Google Earth download page and installed Google Earth 4.1.7076.4458 (beta) for Windows, and the same version number for the Mac. The windows version file name is: Google_Earth_BZXD.exe. Again, here is the download page for the latest version.
Here is what is new in GE 4.1:

  • SpaceNavigator for the Mac – I installed the application, plugged in my SpaceNavigator, and it now works on GE 4.1! Yay! See my original review of the SpaceNavigator and a YouTube demo using it. The SpaceNavigator is a 3D Mouse device which lets you control GE like never before. Note: if you are just getting a SpaceNavigator for the Mac for the first time, you will need to install the driver first – available here.

  • Tips – when you first open Google Earth 4.1 you get a “Tips” window which shows suggestions of things you can try, or instructions of how to use some feature in GE. See the screenshot. I think this is a handy way to help people learn about cool things you can do with GE. And, you can turn it off if you don’t want it. Also, you can bring up the window any time through the “Help -> Start up tips” menu option. Nice addition!

  • Starting Location – there is a new starting location added to your “My Places”. I’m told by Google you get a different starting location depending on what country version of Google Earth you use. For me, I get a placemark for Lawrence, Kansas.

  • View in Maps – this is a LONG-awaited new feature. At the top of Google Earth, where the tool icons appear, you see a new icon at the right which looks like a “map” – this button enables the new “View in Google Maps” option. When you click on it, it opens your browser window and shows you the same view in Google Maps. Finally, simple button interface to Google Maps from within GE! One difference is that Google Maps is always oriented north up, and you can’t zoom as close as in GE. But, otherwise the new view button works perfect.

  • New Installation Process – The installer for this version of Google Earth is MSI-based which enhances site-wide installations.

  • New Language Versions – Google Earth 4.1 now has support for the following NEW languages: Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Korean, Arabic, and Czech

I’m sure there are a few minor bugs and enhancements in the mix as well. Stefan Geens at OgleEarth heard about the file reaching the public earlier today… thanks for the tip!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

PLEASE NOTE: Google Earth Blog is no longer writing regular posts. As a result, we are not accepting new comments or questions about Google Earth. If you have a question, use the official Google Earth and Maps Forums or the Google Earth Community Forums.


  1. smokeonit says

    thnx guys for the heads up;-)

  2. Starting Location: If you had a “default” placemark (that took you to a starting location when you started GE), it will be converted to “Starting Location” by this new version of GE.
    I had my “default” down in a branch and now it’s gone, while “Starting Location” is under the root of “My Places” and takes me to the same place that “default” did. So, I’m assuming that this version renames and moves the “default” icon.
    No big deal. It’s good that they gave this special placemark a better name than “default”.

  3. I bet includes new high-resolution areas! 😉

  4. Randolph Lee says

    There is a new Driver for Space Navigator Mac that goes with the new version of Google earth
    3DxMacWarePE 1.2.0 US East Coast US West Coast Europe Size (kbytes) Date
    3dxwaremacPE-v1_2_0.dmg download download download 19,509 05/09/2007
    This update includes support for Photoshop CS3 and CS2 and the settings for Google Earth for Mac.

  5. Does not work for Australia it tries to go to instead of

  6. Jonathan says

    Hi Terb – I had the same problem.
    BUT this does…
    So I found the ip for =, and put the
    following line into my “c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts” file…
    Now the search works! It’s a patch job, but it should hold until
    Google FIX THIS BUG!

  7. Peter de Bruin says

    The image rendering quality has diminished quite a lot, especially towards the horizon.
    Enough reason for me to prefer version 4.0!

  8. Peter, check your “Tools->Options->3D View” options for “Anisotropic Filtering”. It should be set to “Medium” or “High” if your graphics card supports it. That is what effects detail level when the view is tilted towards the horizon.
    GE 4.1 (Beta) is just as good at rendering these scenes as 4.0.

  9. Anisotropic filtering was set to “High”, but it did not function on my GForce 6200, until I enabled “Safe mode” in GE4.1. With GE4.0 I had no problem.
    After this, image sharpness was still sub-optimal, till after a /lot/ of experimenting with video settings it improved.
    Haven’t been able to figure out what setting or action caused this.
    I’m using driver 93.71, the latest for this video card, and tried older drivers as well.

  10. I am getting an error message that refers to googleearth.msi – cannot be retrieved etc.
    How do I download this

  11. Guangming says

    can I program against Google Earth?
    for example, add menu, add functions associated with menu,….

  12. Had GE 4.0 installed on Mac running OSX 3.9. Made mistake of downloading newer version only useable on OS X 4.0 Now can’t run program. It only allows me to either quit or download the newer version which I can’t run. Any suggestions?
    I tried dumping the old program and loading fresh GE 4.0. No luck.

  13. I am getting an error message on install step
    translate on russia “short is not a valid file name”
    that can i do?

  14. Whenever i want to start-up GE, it gives me a googleearth.msi missing. Can’t locate this file. Please advice.

  15. randy adrian says

    how do iget back to my old google earth that lets me tilt the image the new verison does not have this feature any more can you help thanks randy

  16. I have another problem. I just downloaded the 4.1 version and I still get the error message: “Driver component sizes mis-match”. What do I need to do to use google earth normally? Thanks for any suggestions!

PLEASE NOTE: Google Earth Blog is no longer writing regular posts. As a result, we are not accepting new comments or questions about Google Earth. If you have a question, use the official Google Earth and Maps Forums or the Google Earth Community Forums.