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Sounds like you're talking about NASA's free World Wind [worldwind.arc.nasa.gov]. (It starts as a 180MB download, and then just eats drive space - IF you cache data.)
World Wind far surpasses anything else available (freely) online, but it's only worth the download if you're interested in more than seeing if you can spot your house from space.
Google's new satellite
imagery-based mapping product that combines 3D buildings and terrain with mapping capability and Google search. Based on Keyhole technology, Google Earth enables users to fly from space to street level views to find geographic information and explore places around the world.
Is the end user (of any version of the product) allowed to use, manipulate, alter & republish the data for non-commercial purposes?
As a hypothetical example, can I take a Google-generated view of my town, save it, crop out the Google copyright (and anything else I don't want), resize it, add a red circle around my house, put the graphic on my personal website (whether it's commercial or not), add a citation (not a link to Google) - but only if I feel like it, say "Look! My house from space!", and not expect to run afoul of the authorities?
I suspect the answer is a resounding "No!," but you don't know unless you ask...
Doesn't work for me - bunch of errors when installing and running.
Odd - Google's photo viewer Picasa was the same.
There's something about my PC that Google doesn't like - and their testing doesn't catch.
Strange, because I can't think of another software vendor that I have any problems with - and I've got LOADS of stuff on this machine, that all works fine.
Shame - it looks awesome! (off to dig out another computer!)
No Mac version yet... but to Google's credit "we're working on it"
Yeah, I'm very disappointed in them for this. I know Windows rules by a long way, but even an aweful lot of free open source get ported to MAC, and those people have no funds at all. Google on the other hand has some massive fundage, plus a MUCH wider audience, so I would have expected them to dual-release versions for at least OS X & Linux.
The answer [earth.google.com], as I phrased the question, is indeed "no."
So on that note, I'd like to say "Thank You!" to the American taxpayers who have spent billions of dollars supplying the world with much the same data as used by Google, but in the public domain.