I was excited when Google announced Google Earth Pro was going to become free. A lot of geographical data comes in Shape files, but these aren’t usable in any free applications I know of and can’t really be used on the web without converting to something like KML first. But Google Earth Pro can load up Shape files and convert them to KML/KMZ.
Downloading isn’t a problem but getting hold of a key doesn’t seem to work as far as I can tell. Following the link to grab a free key just keeps redirecting to the download page. So I gave up in the end and grabbed an illicit key instead. Not sure of the legality of that, but if it’s meant to be free and I still need a key and Google won’t give me one, what choice did I have? Anyway a search for “google earth pro serial key or number” gave me a link to a site that produced a key I could use.