The best of Google Earth for January 2015

[Update: Google have now made an official announcement that Google Earth Pro is free. ]

The biggest Google Earth news this month is that Google Earth Pro is now free. Although there have not as yet been any official announcements from Google, GEB reader ‘AC’ has pointed out that the Google Earth licence support page for languages other than English states that from January 20th, 2015 the licence is free. Although many of the extra features found in Google Earth Pro will only be useful to GIS users, a few features that our readers have expressed interest in using are: the built in movie maker, area and perimeter measurements and the ability to turn off terrain completely.

Google also announced the deprecation of Google Maps Engine, which will be turned off on January 29th, 2016. It is important to note that this is not Google Maps, but another related product that allows you to create your own maps and mapping applications, which is being replaced by alternative solutions available from Google.

Google has not updated its ‘Latest Google Earth Imagery Updates’ map since December 17th last year, although new satellite imagery has been spotted by our readers.

Google has continued to roll out 3D imagery, with over 60 new areas or expansions to existing areas being added this month. With lots of hard work by GEB reader Anton Rudolfsson, we updated our map of 3D imagery to include the option to show areas sorted and colour coded according to the date they were first spotted in Google Earth. We are continuing to refine it with suggestions by GEB readers. We also checked the dates that some of the imagery was captured and discovered that Google takes a considerable amount of time to process the 3D imagery prior to releasing it.

3D Imagery by date first seen
Our new colour coded 3D imagery map.

This month we also started our “Google Earth plugin showcase” series. Our favorites in the series so far are the Google Earth Flight Simulator Online and the Monster Milk Truck.

Monster Milktruck and GEFS
Flying in the monster milk truck, and driving in an A380.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. Why my google earth shows just Black?

  2. Its 31st January and I just downloaded and installed Google Earth Pro via the online installer. Its asking me for a licence. Which version is free?

  3. I have been helping with the creation of a tool to create KML layers with photos: photoplace, now it is really easy to create videos, maybe it’s worth giving a try! http://www.photoplace.io

  4. Francois says

    Situated & living in S.A. with extremely clear & visible images with specific reference to my direct residential & business / factory locations. I need to trace historical images at some points, over the last 6 months on my factory location.

    Having endeavored to do so for over 6 weeks with a standard data-line connection, I am still not even close to the dates that I need.

    Is there a possible download ‘short-cut’ or is there anyone that can assist in how to access or pin-point a specific date & time frame?



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.