Google Earth Plus – Good but some obvious options are missing

Upgraded to Google Earth Plus (Release 4 – Beta) last week because I wanted to check out their path option.

Its good but some of the things are really annoying.

In the free version, you can use Ruler to make a path but you cannot save it. After upgrading I again made the path using Ruler and there was no option to save it. For saving a path, you should click another option called path. They should allow saving the path either way.

Why did I use Ruler to make a Path instead of clicking the path option? Well I first did try path option but it was so so unfriendly. When you use Ruler to make a path, it allows you to draw a line and navigate on map using mouse. When making the path using Path option, it allows you to draw lines with mouse but you have to navigate using keyboard.

I visited their community and someone has written there that we didn’t provide Draw-Line-and-Navigate-with-mouse in PATH option because people might have got slow computers and our software would have to decide whether user is drawing a line or navigating the map (remember this option works when you use Ruler).

Now this is funny. Ruler is available in free version (and Plus as well) but Path is available in Plus Version only (costs $20/yr). Who told them that a person who is spending $20/yr extra on their software will have slower PC than the one who use free software. Secondly, they could provide this option as a preference. Users can decide whether they want to use mouse to draw lines only or want to Draw-Line-and-Navigate-with-mouse.

Another thing. There should be an option that Path drawn with Ruler can be saved as well (in Plus Version). Its ridiculous saying that you can save path when using Path option but not when you use Ruler. The functionality is very much the same. This interoperability seems easy and very much needed.

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One Response to Google Earth Plus – Good but some obvious options are missing

  1. Jamari says:

    Hi All Experts,
    Does anyone use google earth images as ground image planes for use in aerial scenes. I know how to stitch them together but are there any tools or tricks to make sure that the images are at the same height, angle and such to make sure they stitch well. I know in the pro version you can get bigger images but im not going to pay for the pro version when i could stitch multiple images together…

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