Google has just nixed the subscription fee for Google Earth Pro, dropping it from $400 a year to completely free.

You’ll still need to get a key from Google to unlock the Pro features, but that’s a matter of filling out a quick form. Then you’d download the free Pro client from right here.

Windows computers should be running XP or higher, and have at least 500MB of free storage and 512MB of RAM. Macs, on the other hand, have to run OS 10.6 or higher, along with the same storage and memory requirements. After that, you can download Google Earth Pro to plan for that hike you’ve always wanted to do or, you know, to take your armchair adventures to the next level

Here’s what it can do that the non-Pro version can’t:

  • Print images at 4800×3200; non-Pro is capped at 1000×1000.

  • Automatically import a few thousand addresses at once to be pinned on a map

  • Capture HD videos of what’s on screen.

  • Measure distances/areas using lines, paths, polygons, circles, and more. Non-pro can only handle lines/paths.

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