Apparently there is some confusion about what the paid versions of Google Earth offer, some believe that better resolution coverages are obtained.
In effect, better resolution is obtained, but no more coverages than what we see, what these tools offer is better output quality, for example to see, print, save or send to pdf formats, although the coverage is the same.
Taking advantage of the post, let's see the differences between the four versions of Google Earth:
1 Google Earth, the free version is what you know ... or what the help says
2 Google Earth Plus
- It is for non-commercial use (price
$ 20 per year)
- you can connect GPS and navigate in real time with NMEA (read only), although the compatibility is only with the GPS Maguellan and Garmin.
- You can measure routes
- You can import coordinate files into excel documents (.csv format), up to 100 points
- The way of handling the cache is different, so you can have an improved performance on the computer.
- Higher resolution printing. Be careful, it does not mean that more updated images are obtained, what it means is that the way the image is served is in a quality that we see on the google earth screen (including the anisotropic filter), which translates into a better image quality for printing or to send to pdf format via printer.
- Images can be printed at a resolution of 1,400 pixels, in the free version only up to 1,000 although in both versions the images can only be guaranteed at a resolution of 1,000 pixels.
- Local business ads are an option that can be hidden, both in this version and in the Pro.
- Support can be obtained via email, even if only with problems related to access.
By the end of the year 2008 Google eliminated the cost of this license and the features were included in the free version.
3 Google Earth Pro
It is for professional use (price $ 400 per license) in addition to the plus version has these features:
- Tools for measuring circles and polygons
- Style templates for setting thicknesses, styles, and frames for printer or plotter
- You can import coordinates (addresses) but up to 2,500, always in .csv format
- It has other email and chat features
- The performance of the equipment is much better than in the plus version.
- Very high resolution printing, again, for data output purposes, however the coverage of images you see is the same as in the free versions.
- Images can be printed and saved up to a resolution of 4,800 pixels… This is a lot.
- Support can be obtained via email.
- There are other features, such as creating movies, measuring areas and importing gis data.
- If you want to have traffic data (GDT) you must pay $ 200 extra.
4 Google Earth Enterprise Client (EC)
This is for companies that are interested in developing their own applications and interact with Google Earth data, for these there are some tools, among others:
- Google Earth Fusion To integrate data such as frames (images), GIS data, terrain data and point data.
- The Google Earth server With this you can send data streams to the client program (Google Earth EC).
- Google Earth EC (Enterprise Client) Allows you to view, print and create data.