I spent a chunk of today working the Google Earth and SketchUp booth at Macworld in San Francisco. It is very exhilarating to see first hand how much fun users have using our product. I thought I would answer some of the cross-platform questions I kept hearing at Macworld in hopes that it might improve your Google Earth experience:
Q: Can I create multiple point route driving directions in Google Earth?
A: As you may know, Google Maps recently enabled this very handy feature. While Google Earth does not exactly support this functionality, you can approximate it by creating driving directions, saving them to My Places and repeat. You can drag and drop these sets of driving directions into a folder and give this folder a meaningful name (e.g. "My Trip on the Oregon Coast"). Learn more about driving directions and places.
Q: Does Google Earth Pro provide better quality imagery?
A: No, all versions of Google Earth use the same imagery except Google Earth EC. However, you can explore different imagery using the WMS feature or by importing your own imagery as an image overlay.
Q: When I search for the address of my house, the result appears in the wrong location. How can I give directions to my place if this is the case?
A: This error can occur for a variety of reasons. For example. when you search for an address in Google Earth or Maps, these services show you the approximate location of your house based on known block numbers of street. This sometimes results in a depiction of an address that is not quite right.
One workaround is to put a placemark on the location of the house in Google Earth and create directions to this location or simply share this placemark. If you want to provide directions in Google Maps:
- Create a placemark at your home.
- Copy the the latitude and longitude coordinates from the New dialog box.
- Paste these coordinates in the Google Maps Search Maps field.
- Click Search Maps. Google Maps displays a map with an icon for this location which you can use to create directions.