Some 12 million users have downloaded the Google Earth. But, until now, most books about Google Earth have been written primarily for just a small percentage of them: highly technical folks. Google Earth for Dummies is for everyone, from hobbyists to business professionals. And if you get so intrigued by Google Earth that you'd like to do some customization and programming, it'll jump-start you there, too.
David Crowder quickly gets you comfortable with the software. He teaches all the basics: how to find your house and the nearest electronics store; what Layers are and why you care; what you might want to do with Google Earth as an individual or a businessperson.
Next, you'll learn how to fine-tune the software, add points of interest, and create shareable "placemarks" for your favorite places. There's a full chapter on "tours," which let you show several locations in relationship to each other (great for everything from travel planning to checking out war zones).
This book connects you with a whole world of people who are passionate about Google Earth. You'll meet the Google Earth community, then discover an enormous library of Google Earthcompatible geographical resources that are now available online, inexpensively or free.
Speaking of money, most of this book applies to all versions of Google Earth, free and paid. But Crowder also covers some advanced capabilities available only on Google Earth Plus or Pro: for instance, interfaces with GPS devices. You'll even find two chapters on SketchUp, Google's now-free tool for creating your own 3D models and plunking them right into Google Earth. Bill Camarda, from the February 2007 Read Only