Kilgore661's World of Gigapans
Initially the Places dialog in GE looks like this
although your KMZ file may have fewer countries. Double-click on the name of the country to make GE zoom in to that country. Next make the gigapans in that country visible by ticking the country's box like this:
This will show you all the gigapans in that country.
- Why don't you make the KMZ file such that all the gigapans are visible to start with?
- That's exactly what I set out to do but I discovered there are two problems. First, if the user makes a selection that generates a large number of gigapans (e.g. all the gigapans in the World) and all the gigapans are intitially shown, Google Earth runs far too slowly.
- The second problem is what region of the Earth to show initially. When all the gigapans are in the same region then it makes sense to limit the view to that region and to centre the view on those gigapans. The problems comes when the 'region' is too large. The first problem is that if the region is too large but you still want to show where all the gigapans are, then you have to display the whole Earth. The second problem is that when the region is large the idea of centering the view is not so obviously a good idea. For example, suppose there were just two gigapans, one in Germany and one in New Zealand. The centre is somewhere in India but there are no gigapans there.
- Why Can't I See A Particular Gigapan?
- It might be that the gigapan has not been geocoded.
- It might be that the gigapan has been geocoded but the owner has not checked the 'Share with others option' in the geocoding dialog. This is usually an oversight - why not send the owner a message asking them to make the geocoding shared?
- If the gigapan is new then it may not be in my database (yet).
- Sometimes the geocoding is wrong so that you can in fact see the gigapan, but not where you expect it to be.
- Why Does GE Sometimes Zoom In to the Wrong Area?
- This can happen occasionally because of a bug in gigapan.org's geocoding tool whereby some gigapans end up being geocoded as being at a 'default' location on the Earth which happens to be Palo Alto in California.
- How Often Do You Update Your Fixed Link to All the Gigapans in The World?
- Once a week. You can use the form to make your own up-to-date all-the-gigapans-in-the-world KMZ file but please don't do this too often because it makes my computer run slowly. If you do I will come round to your place and smash your windows.