How do I obtain a license key for Google Earth Pro?

A little while ago, Google announced that Google Earth Pro could be obtained for free. I am always curious for these kinds of things, so I downloaded it (here). After installing (and clicking past an anoying error) a needed a license key. But how to get it? The link on the download page referred to … the download page. After some Googleing I found this page: So: fill in an email address and the code GEPFREE and you’re good to go!

And in case you’re wandering what the difference is between Earth and Earth Pro, Google has the following information:

Features Google Earth Google Earth Pro
Print resolution 1000 pixels 4800 pixels
Import GIS data ESRI .shp, MapInfo .tab
Import addresses in bulk Manually Geo-locate each address Automatically Geo-locate up to 2500 at a time
Import large image files limited to texture size Super Image Overlays
Supplemental Layers Demographics, Parcels, Traffic Counts
Create premium movies for export HD 1920×1080
Measurement tools Line, Path Line, Path, Polygon, Circle, 3D Path, 3D Polygon


The fact the Google has done this, also raised some questions with regard to the future of Google Earth, for example in the excellent blog post by Frank Taylor here.

ArcGIS Online Service Status: a shortcut

Last week, for the first time ever, we experienced an interruption in the hosted feature services of ArcGIS Online. Since we only found this out after colleagues started noticing strange behavior, I looked up the services status page of ArcGIS Online and added it to my bookmarks. It’s called ArcGIS Online Health Dashboard, and it’s located here:

Even more handy is the RSS to the same information: You can add this to your favorite RSS reader, such as feedly or even in your Microsoft Outlook.

By the way, since we also use our own hosted services on Amazon, the same applies for the service status of Amazon Web Services: (RSS to Elastic Cloud Computing in Ireland region:

Tip: ArcGIS API for JavaScript Web Optimizer

If you’re building custom ArcGIS API for Javascript web applications, you might want to check out the Web Optimizer provided by Esri. It helps you by packaging your code and the required modules in one single, optimized package. The resulting code is quicker to download because it is smaller in size and it reduces the number of http requests, which is also beneficial for application loading times and performance.

There are some prerequisites:

  • All code must use AMD-style require and define to load and create modules. Code that uses global references to Esri and/or Dojo modules is not supported.
  • ArcGIS Online organization or ArcGIS for Developers account.
  • JS API version 3.4 or later.
  • Custom modules should define a package.json file that, at minimum, defines name and version properties.

More info here:

Access the Web Optimizer here: