Google has announced via its LatLong Blog page today that they are making Google Earth Pro free for everyone who wants to pick it up. Previously the Pro experience cost a pretty penny at $400 per year. The Pro feature set though made the yearly price tag well worth it for he right people. Google Earth Pro lets you measure “3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world.” It certainly has a lot more real world uses in construction, real estate and engineering than what an average user might need to be able to do. That doesn’t make it any less exciting to have for free.
To get your hands on Google Earth Pro you will need to first visit Google’s Earth Pro free trial page and fill out the pertinent information. Once complete, Google sill shoot you an email with a license key along with the link to download Google Earth Pro for Windows of Mac, which can be found here. When you install Google Earth Pro you will want to “Enable automatic login”, says Google and you will want to avoid hitting the “Free Trial” button or and other buttons. Just put in your email and license key.
For those that have purchased the Pro keys, things will continue as usual with your existing key with no need to purchase ever again. I am not sure if there will be any refund options or not though. Enjoy exploring the world in a new ways.
Source: Google LatLong Blog