Google Earth For Dummies

Google Earth For Dummies

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by David A. Crowder
     
 

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  • This interesting guide covers all aspects of Google Earth, the freely downloadable application from Google that allows users to view satellite images from all points of the globe
  • Aimed at a diverse audience, including casual users who enjoy air shots of locales as well as geographers, real estate professionals, and GPS developers
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Overview

  • This interesting guide covers all aspects of Google Earth, the freely downloadable application from Google that allows users to view satellite images from all points of the globe
  • Aimed at a diverse audience, including casual users who enjoy air shots of locales as well as geographers, real estate professionals, and GPS developers
  • Includes valuable tips on various customizations that users can add, advice on setting up scavenger hunts, and guidance on using Google Earth to benefit a business
  • Explains modifying general options, managing the layer and placemark systems, and tackling some of the more technical aspects, such as interfacing with GPS
  • There are more than 400,000 registered users of Google Earth and the number is still growing

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The Barnes & Noble Review
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 Earth–compatible 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470095287
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/27/2007
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
497,925
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)

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Meet the Author

David A. Crowder has authored or coauthored more than 25 books, including the bestsellers Building a Web Site For Dummies and Cliffs Notes Getting on the Internet. His two most recent books were both listed as essential for all library collections by the magazine Library Journal.
Professor Crowder is equally at home with high technology or with working his way through the backcountry on horseback or in a dugout canoe. When he is not writing, he spends his time with his wife Angela, wandering through villages in the Andes or frolicking in the Caribbean surf.

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