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February 16, 2013

Linda asks…

How do I make a map of my patrol route using google earth?

I drive a patrol route for a private security company and have about thirty apartment buildings and business I check nightly. I want to use Google Earth to make a map of all my accounts. I just don’t know how to to do it. Is there a way to make a new layer and add the addresses or what? I’m just not very competent with the program and could use some advice on the most efficient way to do this.

Administrator answers:

Yes, type in the address of one of your buildings. Google will find it. You can then drop a pin there, saving the location. Do this with all the buildings. You can then map the route from Building 1 to building 2 to building 3 and so on.

See the link for the pertinent section of the Google Earth user guide.

Ken asks…

How to use flash to come up with something like google earth?

It is like google earth, where the user can twist and the turn the whole earth, etc. And also, information of the specific place would come up when the mouse hovers over the place. Please help, thank you.
if it isn’t possible, are there any alternative method? or what can i do to let it resemble google earth and with information coming up when the mouse hovers over it some way or another? can you give some websites that will help?

Administrator answers:

It’s hard to say because Google Earth was programmed in a language like C++ or C#. I don’t believe flash has the capability to dynamically re-update images upon zooming in and out. The most you could probably get is a sphere with an earth texture applied to it where it can rotate.

Carol asks…

What is the version or update of Google Earth that you can click the picture in front of a house and see it?

on google earth, you can go to an address and there is a little button in front of the house or place. that button allows you to see a picture of the house?

Administrator answers:

Your talking about “Street View.” You don’t even have to have Google Earth to use it. Its available in google maps. Its available for a lot of locations, but not everywhere. More locations get added as the google earth cars record more places.

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Street_View

Sharon asks…

How do you create hi-res images for image overlay in Google Earth?

I would like to make an image overlay for Google Earth that color codes the counties in Texas. I can’t find a tutorial anywhere on the internet, but have found examples for other states. I would like to be able to separate each county by different colors to easily distinguish them. I was able to find tutorials, however, that explained the process of taking an image and making an overlay, just not how to make the image itself!!! Any help would be much appreciated.

Administrator answers:

I usually take overlapping images zoomed in and assemble them with Photoshop using the photomerge command.

Start by panning across the state in Google Earth and saving images. Make sure the areas overlap each other from one image to the next. The more you zoom in, the higher res. Your final image will be, but also the more images it will take to create it.

In photoshop, open ALL of the images and go to File – Automate – Photomerge and it will match the pixels and assemble the small images to create a large one.

It can be time consuming, but this is the only way I know how to do it for free. Hope it helps.

Thomas asks…

How to get other planets in Google earth?

I have Google Earth 5, and so I have Earth, Sky, Moon, and Mars. I want to see the other planets. I went on this hack site and downloaded almost all the planets but it said that it can’t be downloaded anymore. Any advice?

Administrator answers:

The Mars feature is a simulation. Other planets are not available yet. Any site offering downloads of other planets for Google Earth could be infecting your computer with spyware.

Sandy asks…

How to watch 3D buildings and street view in google earth?

i have downloaded google earth 5.0.but i am unable to watch 3D buildings and street view in it.is there any problem in my computer?can installing directX fix this problem?

Administrator answers:

Google Earth 5 is too advanced for most computers. Try uninstalling it, then installing Google Earth 4 at the below website.

William asks…

How can I get an autocad drawing with google earth overlay?

What I need is to take a drawing I made it autocad of a certain area, and then get an aerial image (like from google earth) of that same area and combine the 2. I need to adjust the opacity of the aerial image I guess so that I will be able to see the autocad drawing.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to go about doing this?

I do not have access to photoshop or other high end editing software.

Thanks!

Administrator answers:

Insert the image into the drawing
Use the draworder command to send it to the back.
Scale it and move it under your lines
If you want to adjust image opacity, select the image, right click and select properties and adjust the value of transparency in the window that shows up.

You can also google for autocad google earth tools, there is an autocad add in that automates this

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