Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Update 2 / Mobile device Google Earth view of 4 Boise River Walks

 I have been able to view kmz files on my iPhone in Google Earth and decided to try to load the new file combining kml files from 4 Google Maps and 4 kmz files from the EveryTrail app produced for the Idaho River United Boise River Walks for Health, Habitat and Heritage.  In addition I added polygon shapes around the 4 different walk areas and placed a name for each. 1.  Barber Area; 2. Julia Davis Park;  3  Willow Lane; and 4. Garden City.

Below is a Screen shot from Google Earth showing the 4 Boise River Walk areas.

Amazingly it works the same as it does on the desktop Google Earth Browser.

The easiest way to use the file below on your mobile device that has Google Earth (iOS and Android at least) is to send the file via email and open the mail on your mobile device.  Clicking on the file will allow you to open it in Google Earth on your mobile device.


I am interested in how this works because it seems that it could be considerably faster,  less complicated  and more customizable to create a mobile virtual tour this way than to try to create a stand alone app.

One issue I see right away is that the EveryTrail tours do not automatically run from photo point to point as they do in the stand alone EveryTrail map.  However, the tracks and all of the photos are available to look at individually.  It would be easy to create a direct link to each EveryTrail file in order to be able to run the slide shows.

One assumption I would have to make is that people use Google Earth enough to feel comfortable exploring in this 3 D virtual world environment.

I would appreciate any comments about this idea.



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