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Google Earth

Google Earth Hacks

Add your tips and tricks for Google Earth here.

How To's

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: -

  1. Click Tools -> Options > Cache tab
  2. Change Disk Cache size to 512 MB (the maximum allowed value)

Track Travel Bugs

This interesting GreaseMonkey script tracks Travel bugs on Google Earth. The thread is available here. There is a direct link to the script here, and a sample image is also available.

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!

View GSAK Caches in Google Earth

Here is a macro User:Riblit wrote to plot caches in Google Earth, using GSAK and GPSBabel.

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"

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.