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Can Google Earth rotate map to follow travel direction?
nevadagary
Is it possible to make Google Earth turn so the heading is always pointed the way I am going when using my USB GPS with GooPS? Right now Google Earth always displays with north at the top of the screen, sort of like reading a regular map, but I want it to turn in the direction I am going just like a regular GPS.

I've tried to look it up, but so many things running through my feeble old brain......
Ken in Regina
I looked through Google Earth and I can't see anything obvious. Have you checked Earthbridge to see if it has something?

...ken...
nevadagary
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
I looked through Google Earth and I can't see anything obvious. Have you checked Earthbridge to see if it has something?

...ken...
No I've never fooled with Earthbridge. I thought at one time Goops did that and the whole aerial map would turn when I turned. Hmmmmm Oh well I'll keep fooling around.
tcassidy
Considering how much material has to be displayed, I think your laptop would crash and burn if it had to rotate the display for every turn. This is not a road map.

I could be wrong though!

Terry
GadgetGirl
You mean with your fancy set-up, the netbook doesn't auto-rotate?
GadgetGirl
Seriously, I looked everywhere and I don't see an option to "track-up". I think Terry is probably right. There is just too much info to constantly be redrawing. Would be nice though!
resophil
I doubt it.... If you use the circular "rotation" tool, you can rotate the map quickly and easily, no matter the scale or resolution.

Whether or not you can get a third party software to do it remains to be seen.
nevadagary
I swear when I first started using it that's what it did. The whole map would rotate when I turned. Hmmmmm
GadgetGirl
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If you you use the circular "rotation" tool, you can rotate the map quickly and easily
That's true, so if you are going in one direction for a while, that would work. Come to think of it, I have done this on the road. Let me know if you figure it out as this would be very helpful
nevadagary
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Originally Posted by GadgetGirl
That's true, so if you are going in one direction for a while, that would work. Come to think of it, I have done this on the road. Let me know if you figure it out as this would be very helpful
Kind of hard to do on a trail though especially when one is bouncing around like a big fat rubber ball. It's not bad because it's just like reading a map but.......

Since you're all very knowledgeable about GPS' figure this one out. I have a Magellan RoadMate also in my Jeep and when I key the mike on my new ham radio it shuts the power off to the GPS unit. Well I thought there was something wrong with my new console power set up..it has 50 amps of current... so I plugged the GPS into the stock dash panel power outlet...which is on a totally separate battery... and keyed the mic and guess what?? It shut down the GPS. Any radio engineers here? I've only tried it on 2 meters so I have to try it on 70cm and see if it's the freq band...dang!
Marvin Hlavac
Off-topic in this thread, but make sure your transceiver is grounded well.
nevadagary
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Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac
Off-topic in this thread, but make sure your transceiver is grounded well.
It is. It's grounded directly to the chassis. What I am going to do, and I should have done it already but, is try my HT inside the Jeep and see if that triggers it.
nevadagary
Well, all of you knowledgeable people, I just used Earth Bridge today for the first time and guess what? Google Earth rotates so it displays just like a standalone GPS meaning it shows the path going in the same direction as my Jeep is moving. Not like a map.

Earth Bridge has a number of display options, but I sure like it when I'm looking toward the place I am going. I really like Earth Bridge and will probably use it instead of GooPS, but there are two problems I can see.
  1. You can't zoom in or out while Earth Bridge is running. You have to set the eye height in the main panel which is a PITA. That will be taken care of when they come out with the control panel that is always on top. It has slider for this.
  2. Real bad problem. My Earth Bridge will not start Google Earth off line. GooPS will. If I can't start off line it's useless. Maybe I'm missing something but like I said I just tried it today for the first time.
GadgetGirl
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Real bad problem. My Earth Bridge will not start Google Earth off line. GooPS will. If I can't start off line it's useless. Maybe I'm missing something but like I said I just tried it today for the first time.
That's interesting. I had d/l'd Earth Bridge some time ago and couldn't get it to work with Google Earth. I was at work at the time, where I can't be online with my netbook. I thought it was just something I was doing wrong. I didn't mess with it anymore as GPSGate and/or GooPS work just fine.
I have also noticed that with just GPSgate, I can't zoom in and out, but with GooPs I can.
nevadagary
Well Karen that's basically what I'm saying. Earth Bridge won't start Google Earth off line. On the road or trail that makes it about useless. Maybe they designed it to work with satellite internet or around the house.:rofl"

Does GPSgate work off line and rotate Google Earth?
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