Unable to connect to Google Earth using PC-GIS X

“For the past several weeks we have not been able to load google earth imagery in the software on the pc. It says failure to connect. Has something changed?”

Sometimes an automatic Windows update may change the registry on your PC. When Google Earth is not registered properly, our PC software will not be able to connect to it.

Please log into your PC as the administrator.
Click on the Windows icon and enter “cmd” in the Search box.
Run cmd.exe to open a Windows command prompt (a black screen).

At the command prompt type the path for the folder in which Google Earth is installed. For example, type

“c:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Google Earth\client\googleearth.exe” /RegServer

then press the Enter key on your keyboard.

If your googleearth.exe is installed in a different folder, please enter that full path on the PC in the above line. Please do no omit any quotation marks. There is a space before /RegServer in the above line.

Should you get an error message about your not having administrative privilige, you could put the above line into a text file and save the text file as RegisterGoogle.cmd then right-click on this file and choose “Run ad administrator”.

Now run Google Earth then try using PC-GIS X to Launch Google Earth then zoom into the area of interest and capture an image.

Loading Google Earth image into PC-GIS PRO

“What it the best way to import a google map as my basemap into the system. I see you mentioned that you could not do this on the demo version. Can you do this on the non demo version?”

Yes, the official PC-GIS version is able to capture a geo-referenced map from Google Earth and load it for you to use as a background map.

PC-GIS can load geo-referenced images that are in .tif, .jpg, .SID and .ECW formats. When you capture the Google Earth image, you can save it as a .jpg image file. Please use the icon at the top that shows a red “L” character to load a geo-referenced image.

Google Earth Pro now free for everyone to use

“I updated to Google Earth Pro last week and have been unable to get the PC-GIS program to display the captured image on my PC. I have tried all the switches. Am I missing something here?”

There are two things to note with respect to using Google Earth Pro with our PC mapping software:

1. As Google Earth Pro doesn’t register itself to registry, you will need to first install Google Earth then install Google Earth Pro and have both software programs on your PC. You will also need to run Google Earth Pro before using PC-GIS PRO to launch it.

2. Our applications only work with 2D geo-referenced maps.
Please make sure the two check boxes in the Terrain section under Tools/Option/3D View are turned off.

Google Earth Pro available for free

You can now download Google Earth Pro for free from

You do not need to sign in to download. For product key, simply enter: GEPFREE

As you know, you can use PC-GIS PRO 09, PC-GPS 09, PC-MAPPER 09 or PC-MAPPER AI to launch Google Earth and capture a geo-referenced image for use as background map for your Feature data. You can also convert this image into a portable image file (*.pim ) to use as background map in the FieldCE GIS, FieldCE SURVEY,  iGPSGIS II, iCMTGIS II, Utility Data Collection, Forester GPS GIS, Farming GPS GIS, Forester GPS GIS II and Farming GPS GIS II mobile apps. You can also use PC-GIS PRO to export the Features from your job file to a KML file to display in Google Earth. Google Earth Pro provides high-resolution images.

Because Google Earth Pro doesn’t register itself to registry, to make it work with PC-GIS PRO 09, PC-GPS 09, PC-MAPPER 09 or PC-MAPPER AI, you will need to first install Google Earth then install Google Earth Pro and have  both software programs  on your PC.  You will also need to run Google Earth Pro before using PC-GIS PRO to launch it.

Is it possible to take geo-referenced pictures?

A photo image you take with your analog or digital camera is not geo-referenced.

You could attach photo images to the Point, Line and Area Features in PC-MAPPER, PC-GPS and PC-GIS. This will associate the photos with one point location, but the photo images themselves are still not considered geo-referenced.

On a geo-referenced image every spot corresponds to an actual geographic location (coordinates)..

You can use PC-MAPPER, PC-GPS and PC-GIS to capture geo-referenced image from Google Earth. To do so, first select Utilities/Google Earth/Launch Google Earth.
After zooming into the desired location in Google Earth, then select Utilities/Google Earth/Capture Image.

You can also use PC-MAPPER, PC-GPS and PC-GIS to geo-reference a map image. This is done by matching a few points (usually the corner points) on the image to the actual geographic coordinates then adjusting the map image accordingly.