It's always nice when a company transitions a product from paid to free, with Google today removing the price tag from Google Earth Pro. This means features including high-resolution images, movie creation and map making are now available to anyone who downloads the application.
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Product manager Stafford Marquardt announced the change on Google's Maps blog Lat Long, though there's no explanation for the move -- not that anyone's complaining. To get your free copy, you'll need to grab a key and then download the software.
If you're wondering what a difference free makes, a Google Earth Pro subscription would normally set you back $US400 per year. Not a huge amount for businesses or educational institutions, but it's great for everyone else. It also means access to the following features:
Exploring a digital Earth? Not a bad way to spend the afternoon.