In a recent announcement that was made last Friday, via a blog post, Google stated that the professional version of their mapping app, Google Earth, will now be available to all at no charge. The professional version can now be used, with all of the features simply be obtaining a free key and downloading the Google Earth Pro application. Existing users will still be able to use the tool, but Google hasn’t yet stated whether or not they will be refunded for the remainder of their subscription.

The Pro version has all the same, now standard, features as the normal version of Google Earth, but it also comes with added tools, which help users to measure 3D buildings and print high-resolution images. The app also allowed users to record HD footage of their journey in Google Earth.

Google Earth is available to everybody, and it can be used for all sorts of purposes. The average users may use the app when planning a trip. A business might use it when planning to erect a new building. Scientists may even utilise the precise features of Google Earth Pro to conduct experiments or gather data.

Google hasn’t said say why they had opted to make the pro upgrade free. There are other services that are available for free, such as Apple’s Maps app, but it doesn’t have precise measuring or indeed the filming tools of Google Earth Pro.

Google Earth Pro, which had a price tag of $399, is now available for free. Why not head over to Google Maps and Earth Enterprise and get started now?

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