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Google Earth basic functions explained

With the free downloadable Google Earth software you have a satellite view of our earth. People using it mostly come no further than finding their house or company. With this fantastic program you can do a lot more as we do for example. In this program you can find a lot of help information already. In this info page we like to concentrate on the issues you could use while our maps are on your screen.

While using this program, the basic layout is cut in four field:
At left top there is a "SEARCH" block where you can type anything you want, and GE most probably will find it for you.
If it finds more than one issue, all found will be shown and their location(s) marked on the map.
If not in sight, GE will fly you over there itself.

Below that is a block called "MY PLACES", which is about emty while using it for the first time.
We show here only a very few of the thousands of markings we made on the Historic Route 66 as visualised in the main screen.

The lower Left block is the "LAYER" block where all the extra GE layers are listed.
These layers could be seen as a slide over a slide and so showing both (all) over each other.
Standard there come a lot of special "slide" layers which you can (de) activate whenever you want.
Activating all will make it a mess with way to may info icons shown in many locations.
There is one f.e. showing all the roads with their road numbers and names.
Another one shows you all the Cities-, rivers-, canals names, etc.
Many people have a new hobby by making 3D versions of buildings, bridges, etc.
All this work can be viewed while activating the 3D overlay.
Imagine, all Las Vegas, Paris, Lonon, Amsteerdam and many more is made that way.
There are many more, and nice to find some new things you didn't know about.

The large main block shows you what you are actually looking for.
You "sit" in a helicopter and "fly" all over the world at any altitude, viewing angle and direction you want.
While GE set without any layers activated it just shows you an extremly detailed satellite pictures map.

Now some huge differences compared to f.e. Google Maps:
While activating the Terrain overlay at left bottom, the whole surface comes alive and you can see the
heights and shapes of mountains, depth of canyons, etc. and you can even "fly" around or in them.
In the picture above the San Bernardino Pass and the Fault are shown.
perhaps even nicer is that presented marks, paths (f.e. our chart) will follow these height and so you will
keep seeing the markings while investigating a mountain pass, a sluice, etc.

Moving around over the Globe is done by the buttons at top right screen:

With these buttons you can set your view from 0º to 90º and
rotate to the left and right from current position.
With the N marked button you rotate the full picture to North, East, South and West kompass directions.
With the "Eye" in the middle you move the last chosen
option slowly.

With these buttons you move forward / back / left / right.
With the "hand" the last movement is done slowly.

Drag the orange puppet with your mouse pointer to any location you want and it will "land" on the surface.
Only blue marked area's are photograped in 360º and will show
you the actual area (picture date at bottom line given).
This action is called Streetview mode, but more and more you can also see waterways and even inside buildings like musea.
After "landing" you can rotate and move forward /back.

With this shift bar you can zoom in/out from the universe down
to street level where it will change into Streetview mode.
With the +/- buttons in larger steps, with the shift bar it works flowing.

All actions mentioned above can also done directly with your mouse. Do some practise with buttons and mouse movements and it will become most handy in practise.