New Update to Google Earth: v4.2.0198

Last Wendesday, Google briefly pushed out a new version of Google Earth 4.2 with some minor bug fixes and one new feature. But, there were some problems and they pulled the update. The update as been re-released as Google Earth v 4.2.0198 (download the latest version here). This release mostly addresses some bugs from the first release of 4.2 on August 22nd (if you haven’t already read about 4.2’s new features – go here). But, there is one important new feature in this new release: the night sky mode now supports the SpaceNavigator! This means you can fly your way around the astrophotography with the handy SpaceNavigator (a 3D mouse you can buy which also works quite well in the normal mode of Google Earth).
Here are some notes on the fixes from the (release notes):

  • Support for SpaceNavigator in Sky
  • Spherical PhotoOverlays – there was a bug in the earlier release with spherical photooverlays. If you turned your view too far to the right or left, the image would flip. That has been fixed with this new release. A great example is this view inside a helicopter. Try it with the new version of GE 4.2.0196.
  • Better Sky Movement – when you move between different placemarks in Sky, the flying between points is smoother.
  • Fixed several crashes in PhotoOverlay
  • Reverted “Restrict time display to folder” checkbox default to off

Thanks to GEB reader ‘smokeonit’ for the tip on the new release.

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.


  1. It did not work using firefox in linux/debian.
    Press the button and nothing happened.

  2. THX a lot!

  3. dan malmgren says:

    I want to remove all of Google earth Pro, it is crashing my machine and causes it not to start.
    When I use the remove in windows control it fails to remove and gives me a note that that the file is corrupted. Do you know what I should do to remove this problem?

  4. ross gibson says:

    OK. GE 4.2 doesn’t always boot up with LAYERS or CORE. After 10 times starting the program I finally got roads and borders “core” stuff.
    And, I know it loaded everything when the “tips and hints” dialog box comes up before I navigate. Never had this problem before downloading 4.2.
    Yes, I’ve checked every FAQ and blogs I could see.

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