00 - Installation Instructions for QGIS, Google Earth Pro, and Illustrator
This tutorial will describe the necessary steps to install the software used in the tutorials that follow, as well as throughout the various Points Unknown courses.

Overview

This tutorial will walk you through the installation of the following pieces of software:

  • Google Earth Pro - Google Earth is a geobrowser that accesses satellite and aerial imagery, ocean bathymetry, and other geographic data over the internet to represent the Earth as a three-dimensional globe.

  • QGIS - A cross-platform free and open-source desktop geographic information system (GIS) application that provides data viewing, editing, and analysis.

  • Adobe Illustrator - Adobe Illustrator is a paid application, although a free 1-week trial is available through Adobe. Typically, we focus our teaching around open-source tools. Unfortunately, open-source competitors fall short in a lot of the exercises we will take you through on Saturday. Adobe Illustrator is installed on the Journalism School’s lab computers, so you can use what you learned even without buying Illustrator for your laptop. So, prior to the workshop, please sign-up for the 1-week trial.

Installing Google Earth Pro on a Mac

  • Go to Download Google Earth Pro (Mac)

  • Click Agree and Download to begin the download.

    Google Earth Pro 1

  • Locate and open the GoogleEarthProMac-Intel.dmg file, double-click to open the installer.

    Google Earth Pro 2

  • Follow the steps to install the software.

    Google Earth Pro 3

Installing QGIS (3.x) on a Mac

  • Go to Download QGIS for your platform and choose the right version for your operating system.

    QGIS 1

  • Locate and open the qgis-macos-pr.dmg file to install QGIS and all its components.

  • Drag the QGIS3.10.app to your Applications folder.

  • Previously, installing QGIS meant you also had to install multiple other programs, including Python. However, with this latest update, all the necessary components have been included in the main package and there is nothing else to do.

  • Note: if you get a message that says QGIS can’t be opened because Apple cannot check it for malicious software, click on Show in Finder and then right-click on the QGIS3.10.app icon and click Open in the subsequent menu.

Installing Adobe Illustrator on a Mac

  • Go to Adobe Illustrator and click on Free Trial. For students, Adobe offers a free trial of the whole Creative Cloud Suite.

    Adobe Illustrator 1

  • Click on Start free trial and follow the instructions.

  • Once you’ve installed the Creative Cloud app, sing in with the credentials you set in the previous step.

    Adobe Illustrator 2

  • Once you sign in, go to the Apps tab and install Illustrator CC.

Installing Google Earth Pro on Windows 10

  • Go to Google Earth Pro Versions and clik on Download Earth Pro on desktop

    Google Earth Windows 1

  • Click Agree and Download circled in red to begin the download

  • Once you download the installer find the GoogleEarthProSetup.exe file and run it. Agree to let the software be installed.

    GEP Windows 10 3

Installing QGIS (3.x) on Windows 10

  • Go to Download QGIS for your platform and choose the right version for your operating system.

  • Download QGIS Standalone Installer Version 3.4 (64 bit)

    QGIS Windows 1

  • Launch the installer and allow it to install.

    QGIS Windows 2

  • Follow the installer’s steps. Don’t install any of the included data sets. Sit back for a few minutes while it copies everything it needs.

Installing Adobe Illustrator on Windows 10

  • Go to Adobe Illustrator and click on Free Trial. For students, Adobe offers a free trial of the whole Creative Cloud Suite.

    Adobe Illustrator 1

  • Click on Start free trial and follow the instructions.

  • Once you’ve installed the Creative Cloud app, sing in with the credentials you set in the previous step.

    Adobe Illustrator 2

  • Once you sign in, go to the Apps tab and install Illustrator CC.

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