Google Earth Homepage. Follow this link to download the program.
Google Earth Hacks Places of interest and more.
Change the default view on startup
- Open Google Earth
- Under Places, right-click on default > Edit
- Tick Advanced checkbox
- Click Location tab
- Tick Center Placemark in View
- Click View tab
- Whilst Edit Placemark window is open, navigate as usual to the default view you want
- Click Snapshot current view when satisfied with view
- Click Advanced checkbox
- Click OK
- Under the Tools menu, Click Options
- Click Control tab
- Move the Fly-To/Tour speed setting to Fast.
- Click OK
- Close Google Earth and restart
If you don't want the word "Default" displayed on the screen, simply deselect the tick-box. If you rename the Placemark it will no longer display as the Default view.
Store More Maps On Your Hard Drive
To make more of the maps stay cached on your computer, and not downloaded in the future you need to modify the Cache settings: -
- Click Tools -> Options > Cache tab
- Change Disk Cache size to the maximum allowed value.
Track Travel Bugs
Load Waypoints from the Internet
Google Earth can load waypoints from websites on the Internet. The network link allows Google Earth to display caches in real-time - no gpx files to download or convert, just scroll around and it talks to our server and downloads the nearby caches.
To try it out, click here and zoom to your favourite location and you should see caches pop up like magic!
You can save the link in "my places" and it will be there next time you run the program. Just click in the tick box to turn it on or off.
View GSAK Caches in Google Earth
Here is a macro User:Riblit wrote to plot caches in Google Earth, using GSAK and GPSBabel.
---- start___________ SET $Bable = "C:\Program Files\GSAK\GPSBabel.exe" SET $Gearth = "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Earth Plus\googleearth.exe" SET $temp = "C:\Program Files\GSAK\temp\" SET $tfile = $temp + "test.kml" SET $ifile = $temp + "babel.gpx" FILTER name="userset" EXPORT type=GPX File="$ifile" RUNPGM PGM="$Bable" parms= -i gpx -f "$ifile" -o kml -F "$tfile" Wait=Yes RUNPGM PGM="$Gearth" parms="$tfile" end_____________ ----
User: Riblit runs a filter to get the caches down to a manageable level, mine just filters caches he has checked. If you don't want a filter, delete the FILTER name ="userset" line
The variables will be ok for a default GSAK and Google Earth install. Copy and paste the code into GSAK's macro editor and save, add a button if you like.