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Personalizing Google Earth With Maps And Points Of Interest. Lecturer - Jeff Neely jcneely2@cox.net. Topics How to download Google Earth Navigating Google Earth How to add a map overlay How to add a placemark. Why Use Google Earth?.

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Personalizing Google Earth With Maps And Points Of Interest

Lecturer - Jeff Neely

jcneely2@cox.net


  • Topics

  • How to download Google Earth

  • Navigating Google Earth

  • How to add a map overlay

  • How to add a placemark


Why Use Google Earth?

Pair historical maps with a modern map to locate features

Provide a visual reference of locations


Google Earth download site:

http://www.google.com/intl/en/earth/index.html


Uncheck “Include Google Chrome …” if you do not want to install the Google Chrome browser, then click on “Agree and Download” button


Open Google Earth


Menu Bar


Search Panel


Toolbar Buttons


3D Viewer


Navigation Controls


Places Panel


Layers Panel


Expand “My Places”


Check placemark to view. Uncheck to hide placemark.


To adjust a placemark’s properties, right click on placemark name


Left click on “Properties”


Placemark popup properties window


Use the “File” dialog box to save the placemark or folder to your computer. Enter the name for the new file, and click Save in the dialog box. The placemark or the folder is saved to that location with an extension of “.kmz”


Double click on placemark name to zoom in


Uncheck placemark name to hide the map layer


Double click on location to zoom in on map


Or use the navigation control to zoom in or out on map


For 3D view, left click and drag Streetview icon to desired location


Release left mouse button to enter street view


Streetview


Left click on 3D Viewer and drag the mouse for another angle of the same street


Left click to exit street view


Reset tilt and orientation of 3D Viewer pane


For help on using Google Earth


Left click on “Getting started and basics”


Left click on “Basic features user guide” or “Google Earth tutorials”


  • Working With Map Overlays

  • Maximum resolution

  • Map sources

    • Historical maps

    • Topo maps

  • Acceptable file formats for overlay files


For maximum map resolution, left click on About Google Earth


About Google Earth popup window, Max Texture Size 4096x4096


  • Working With Map Overlays

  • The Max Texture Size is in pixels

    • Example: 4096 px X 4096 px

  • Images that are larger than the Max Texture Size will be truncated

  • Resize the map image using an image editing program such as:

    • Adobe Photoshop

    • Corel PaintShop Pro

    • Ulead PhotoImpact

    • Pixir Editor (Free online program) - http://pixlr.com/editor/


David Ramsey Map Collection


University of Texas Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection


To add a map overlay, left click on the Overlay button on the Toolbar


New Image Overlay popup window


Name the overlay image


To add the map image, left click on the Browse button


Select the map image file from the file manager popup window


Left click on the Open button


The map overlay will appear


Provide a description of the map


Drag the overlay window out of the way


Adjust the overlay opacity using the opacity slider


Adjust the overlay opacity using the opacity slider


Stretch the overlay using the green corner markers


Or the green edge markers


Move the image using the green center marker


Rotate the image using the green diamond marker


Overlay after adjustments, 100% opacity


Drag the overlay window back and click on the OK button


Completed map overlay


Zoomed in and displaying placemarks


To add a placemark, left click on the Placemark button on the Toolbar


New Placemark popup window


Name the placemark


Provide a description of the placemark


Drag the placemark to the desired position, then click on the OK button


Drag the placemark to the desired position


Click on the OK button


Completed placemark


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