Back in the days, the you could get a free version of Google Earth, or you could pay some money and get the Pro version. However, Google decided to make both versions available for free, which means that any user could receive all the features without spending a single penny. Therefore, it made no sense to have two different versions of Google Earth.
It appears that Google thought the same thing, and the company decided to merge together the two editions. Now you can get directly the Google Earth Pro features when you download the program. While before this update, users had to switch before DirectX and Open GL, not the application opens directly to Open GL.
Get the updated edition of Google Earth
The merged edition comes after version Google Earth Pro 7.3.0. and you can get the installer here http://www.google.com/earth/download/gep/agree.htmlat this link. This version combines all the features from both the Pro and Free versions.
Changes and improvements
The merged versions also came with some changes. For example Mac users needed to run at least Mac OS 10.8, while Windows users needed Windows 7 or higher.
Version 7.3.0 also came with some improvements. The program added enhanced image saving, printing and it refined the internal web browser and better security.
Users also received an updated Movie Maker tool that allowed support for some new video formats. The program also came with a new Repair Tool that can reset settings and cache date, but also fix any startup issues.
Google Earth also managed to fix some issues such as incorrect saving of tours that had recorder audio, or non-working tour audio recording and playback as well as non-loading of images embedded in KML.
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