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Section 74. Change Google Earth Options

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OpentheGoogleEarthOptionsDialogBox

ChooseTools,Optionsfromthemenubartoopenthe

GoogleEarthOptionsdialogbox.

CustomizetheViewOptions

ClicktheViewtabtochangehowGoogleEarthisdisplayed.

Someoftheoptionsarecomplex,andaren'tcoveredinthis

book,butherearethemostimportantoptions:

DetailAreaThisoptionenablesyoutochangethesize

ofthewindowdevotedtothemappingarea.Youcan

choosefromSmall(256x256pixels),Medium(512x512

pixels),orLarge(1024x1024pixels).Thebest

compromiseisMedium,unlessyouhaveamonitor19"

orlarger.



Note

TheDetailAreasettingfrequentlydoesnotwork,

andhasnoeffectonthedisplaysize,sodon'tbe

frustratedifitdoesn'tmakeadifferenceonyour

system.



TextureColorsThisoptionenablesyoutochoose

betweenHighColor(16bits)andTrueColor(32bits)

forthetexturedareasoftheGoogleEarthmap.The

TrueColorselectiongivesamuchrichervisual

experience,butitmightslowdownyoursystem

significantly.TryusingtheTrueColoroption,andifyour

systemissluggish,changetoHighColor.

Labels/IconSizeThisoptionenablesyoutochoose



betweenSmall,Medium,andLarge.Thischoiceaffects

thesizeofalltheiconsonthescreenthoseinthe

mappingareaaswellasthoseinthePlacespanel.Ifyou

editedthesizeofaniconintheEditPlacemarkdialog

box(asexplainedin SaveYourFavoriteLocations),

thecustomizediconsizeoverridesthisLabels/IconSize

setting.

FontsThisoptionenablesyoutochoosethefontsused

todisplaythelabelsandothertextinGoogleEarth.

ClickeitherthePrimary3DFontortheSecondary3D

Fontbutton(bothcontrolthesamefontoptions,

althoughthismightchangewhenGoogleEarthis

updated),andchoosethefontstyle,size,andcolor.

ClicktheApplySettingsbuttonwhenyou'redonemaking

yourchoices.

CustomizetheCacheOptions

Acacheisasectionofmemoryoraharddiskusedtosave

data.WhendataissavedtoGoogleEarth'scache,itspeeds

upoperationsbecauseGoogleEarthcangrabthe

informationfromthelocalcache,ratherthanhavingtogoout

totheInternet.ClicktheCachetabtocustomizehowmuch

ofacachetodevotetoGoogleEarthdata.Thedefault

valuesare32MBofRAMand400MBofharddiskspace.If

youhave512MBormoreofRAM,andmorethan2GBofhard

diskspacefree,consideringincreasingthenumbersonthis

taboftheGoogleEarthOptionsdialogbox.

CustomizetheControlOptions

ClicktheControltabtochangeoptionsrelatedtoflyingand

theautomatedtour.TheFly-To/TourSettingscontrolthe

flyingandtouroptions.TheSpeedslidercontrolsthespeed

withwhichyoufly,andatwhichthetourplays.TheTour

PausesettingcontrolshowlongGoogleEarthshouldpause



beforestartingatourafteryouclickthebutton.ThePlay

Toursettingenablesyoutocontrolhowmanytimesthetour

shouldplay.

TheMouseWheelSettingssliderenablesyoutocontrol

howfastthemousewheelshouldzoominandoutofGoogle

Earth.



Note

TheNavigationtabissupposedtocontrolthingssuch

asthezoomlevelandthesizeoftheGoogleEarth

map.ButIhaveyettogetthosesettingstowork.



CustomizeOverallPreferences

ClickthePreferencestabtocustomizetheNavigationBar

andhowGoogleEarthinteractswithyouremailsoftware.

Thenavigationbaristhebarthatappearsatthebottom-right

sideoftheGoogleEarthscreen,underthemappingwindow,

andcontrolshowyounavigatethroughGoogleEarth.This

tabenablesyoutochangetheseoptions:



Note

Youcanemailthecurrentsatellitephotoyou'reviewing

toafriend.ChooseFile,EmailViewfromthemenubar

orpressCtrl+E.ThenchooseEmailLocationifyou

wanttoemailjustthelocation,orchooseEmailImage

ifyouwanttoemailtheimageitself.Fromthere,follow

theonscreendirectionstocompletetheemailmessage.

Ifyouemailalocation,thepersontowhomyousendthe

messagemusthaveGoogleEarthinstalledinorderto

viewthelocation.Theycandownloadthefileyousent,

andthatfilejumpsthemtothelocation.



ShowtooltipsEnableordisablethischeckboxto

specifywhethertoshowtooltips,whicharethesmall

balloonsthatcontainexplanatorytext.

ShowwebresultsinexternalbrowserThisoption

controlsGoogleEarth'sactionswhenitneedstodisplay

informationfromGoogle,suchaswhenyouclickalinkin

alocation.Youcanhavetheresultsdisplayinaseparate

browserwindoworatthebottomofthenavigationbar.

ShowcommonLayersonNavigationBarWhen

enabled,thisoptiondisplaysthesixmostcommonlayers

ascheckboxoptionsonthenavigationbar.Disablethe

checkboxtoturnthemoff.

ShowPrint,Email,andAddPlacemarkbuttonson

NavigationBarThisoptioncontrolswhetherthePrint,

Email,andAddPlacemarkbuttonsshouldappearon

thenavigationbar.

TheE-MailProgramsettingcontrolswhichemailprogram

GoogleEarthshouldusewhenyousendanemailfrom

withintheprogram.GoogleEarthsearchesyourharddiskto

discovertheemailapplicationsyoumighthaveloadedon

yourcomputer;fromthelistitcompiles,choosetheemail

applicationyouwanttouse.

ClicktheApplySettingsbuttonwhenyou'redonespecifying

options.ThenclickOKtoclosethedialogbox.



75.AboutGoogleEarthPlusandGoogleEarth

Pro

BEFOREYOUBEGIN



FlytoaLocation



GoogleEarth,likemostGoogletools,isfree.ButGooglealso

hastwofor-payversionsofthesoftware,GoogleEarthPlusand

GoogleEarthPro,eachofwhichincludessubstantialextra

features.Mostpeoplewon'tneedtouseeitherofthefor-pay

versionsofGoogleEarth,butsomepeopleandbusinesses

mightfindthemuseful.Here'swhateachoffer:

GoogleEarthPluscosts$20,andcanimportGlobal

PositioningSatellite(GPS)data,offershigher-resolution

printingthanyoucanachievewithregularGoogleEarth,

allowsforanimations,andincludescustomersupportvia

email.Tobuyit,runGoogleEarth,selectUpgradeto

PlusfromtheHelpmenu,andfollowthedirections.For

moreinformation,goto

http://earth.google.com/earth_plus.html.

GoogleEarthProcost$400foraone-yearsubscription,

andistargetedatbusinessesratherthanindividuals,

especiallybusinessesthatdolocationresearchand

presentation.GoogleEarthProincludeshigh-resolution

imageryanddatafortheentireworld(notjustsectionsofit

asGoogleEarthdoes),canimportsiteplansandproperty

lists,canimportdatafromspread-sheets,andmuchmore.

Extraspecializedmodulesareavailablefor$200each.For



moreinformationandtobuy,goto

http://earth.google.com/earth_pro.html.







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