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Google Earth Instructions

Resources for Navigating, Annotating and Organizing

Google Earth Pro enables users to explore and create a variety of markers on an interactive globe including making paths, tours, and annotation 'balloons' that can embed images, videos and links to a selected location. Files for mutiple maps and projects can also be organized within the program and are saved in a .KMZ format that allows for easy exchanges. Google Earth Pro for desktop is available on all Loyola Digital Media lab machines. If it is not already on the desktop or start up menu after log in it can be found in the applications folder.

 

 

Desktop versions of the program can also be downloaded here for free: https://www.google.com/earth/versions/

 

Steps on all basic functions including creating place markers, paths, polygons, tours, embedding photos, links and videos and organizing and saving the .KMZ files: Annotating with Google Earth
While coding knowledge is not required to use the program, it can be utilized to better organize and display the information within an annotation balloon. When embedding a link, image or video Google Earth Pro creates the code, but a program such as Adobe Dreamweaver (also available on all Loyola Digital Media Lab machines) can assist in creating additional code for design purposes that can be copied over.   
Example of a simple code "<h1>" copied over from Adobe Dreamweaver to create a bold heading for the font:

 

Sample  Code

 

 

Example of a simple code "<br>" indicating a line break or space between the added content in an annotation balloon for a placemarker:

 

 Sample  code

 

 

Tutorial database on all other Google Earth capabilities: Google Earth Outreach Database