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Old 26-12-2010, 01:50   #1
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Voyage Track in Google Earth ?

Is there any way that a journey can be saved in Google Earth so that it can be put onto a blog or web page? An interested reader could then "click" on a point on the journey and "see" the place on Google Earth.

Do any blogs use this.... if so can you give me examples?


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Old 26-12-2010, 02:24   #2
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I was using Google Earth the other day and ran across someone using EveryTrail.
Its a web service that creates a path that automatically gives the viewer a "Tour" of each key location with pictures and comments. The only problem is that the trip itself is linked to their proprietary website. I also think that it uses the GPS location of pictures other than just KML. I could be wrong though, you might be able to upload your GPS information and create the tour interactively. I kind of caught that you can embed their map on your blog if you sign up, so thats a plus.

I don't know how fluent you are in programming or KML, but there are also a ton a ways you can do it actively while sailing too.

What I did for my blog is export my GPS information as KML then use a plugin for wordpress that translates that file into a Google Maps journey on my webpage. The plugin looks for a KML desginated file each time the page is loaded then displays that trip. So I just upload the file using ftp. You can also make a POST in wordpress with the KML information and it will update that way too. So if you can send email you can update the map using Wordpress's remote email posting feature.

Most Navigation software these days on a laptop can export your paths directly as KML as well, so its just a matter of getting that to your webserver / blog for it to work.

If you goto Wordpress's official site, you can search for KML in the plugins section and find a couple that might meet your needs. Personally I am unhappy with a lot of the features so have been toying with a Google Maps / Earth script that will incorporate pictures with the paths as well.

This is the plugin I have been using as of date: XML Google Maps Plugin
Check out the "Samples" section to get an idea of the end product.

If you need any help tinkering with settings etc. Send me an IM and I'd be glad to help out.

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Old 26-12-2010, 02:50   #3
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These guys have a solution for that sort of publishing idea

BlurbBits: BlurbBits (an introduction)
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Old 26-12-2010, 03:05   #4
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My GPS is a Garmin. I save tracks and waypoints as GPX files using Garmin's free MapSource software. Then just open the files in Google Earth.
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Old 26-12-2010, 04:44   #5
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Have a look at the way I do it....

Our Life At Sea - Map of where we are, have been, and going.

Its with Google Maps, or Google Earth, and TakItWithMe - TakItWithMe Embedded Google Earth Code Generator

Very easy to do.

Notes on a Circumnavigation.

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Old 26-12-2010, 04:54   #6
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I use a web application called Trip Tracker (

You can upload your GPS route (*.gpx file), mark destinations with a journal entry, and post photos as well.

Check out the "Map" page on our blog for an example.
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I have a SPOT. It will send my track to anyone I want along with a message. The track is shown on Google Earth.
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i use spot to keep my kids informed - especially the worry wart one. cost is about $150 for the unit and $100 a year for the service. works great so far.

it sends and email to up to ten people. in the email there is a link to google earth and a mark showing your location when you activated the spot signal. no programming required.
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If you use wordpress or other blogging services there are plugins for this kind of stuff.
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Probably doesn't answer the original post..

X2 spot adventures. works great.. easy.. overlay statistics.. pretty neat..

my site Spot Adventures

Here is one of our trips ('refresh' the webpage if the map is not zoomed down)
2010 Plymouth and Provincetown Sail - Sailing trip - SpotAdventures

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