Google Earth offers border and road lines on maps. It provides up to secondary administrative regions (actually ternary if considered international/country-level border as primary, state-level border as secondary and district-level boundary as ternary layer). If you want to dive deeper you’ve to rely on local maps from books or atlas.
If you have something specific that you do not find on Google maps or any other online maps available, and you want to add it on your map especially on Google earth and save it for future reference; here’s HOW TO for creating your own map lines & borders accurately on Google Earth using old-school tracing paper technique.
A PC (a computer with as big screen/monitor as possible)
A tracing paper (semi-transparent white paper)
Pencil (or pen)
Google Earth software
Sketch detailed map on your tracing paper for your desired area.
Open Google Earth app and place tracing paper on user monitor screen.
Use sello-tape to glue on the screen. (This requires two persons.)
hold the paper and click on ‘add path’ on google earth.
Mark the path, name it and save it.
There you have it! remember the location where you’ve save the file, it must in kmz format.
The best part of this kmz file is, it’s tiny, you can send it as attachment and your friends can open it and see it on their PC. Just like I’m now sharing the same file that I created on the above snap.
You would definitely notice if you open the Dahanu Border I created using authentic maps and tracing paper. download Dahanu Tahsil border in kmz format! Notice the area in picture above? It’s my taluka place Dahanu, and am uploading this file for all my visitors. Google failed to sketch Maharashtra-Gujrat border and Dadara & Nagar Haveli area properly.
Also if you’re a Google Earth fan, share your work or comment below.
Which software do you use for viewing/reading PDF files?
I stopped using Adobe’s Acrobat reader YEARS back. The last one I had on my system was 6.x I think.
Basically I avoid installing heavy, bloated and sometimes redundant software on my PC. It’s a universal truth that you cannot do without a PDF reader no matter which operating system you have. So if it’s not Abode, there has to be something else. When I run Linux, there’s built-in PDF reader and I dont know who developed it. But while on windows I had to look for alternative & Foxit PDF reader does a great job replacing giant Adobe. And the best part is it’s available for Linux and mobiles. You can download the software directly for windows and get rid of Adobe, permanently! Once installed you’re promised it will not eat up your memory, space or CPU power in background. It’s a NO BLOAT software. (I drafted this post more than year ago but never get time to upload it & this time I check there website they’ve written same stuff about it- it’s a no bloat software… haha)This time when I check the website they’ve plety of PDF solutions to offer. It’s really great alternative to Adobe’s monopoly over PDF reader.
The wordpress theme currently I’m using is build for Amrute.Me online network.
I first made this wordpress theme available for downloads in June 2009. And now I’ve realised that I must write a log of all changes that I make in the theme, including the release date. Automatic upgrade option is also in my mind but it’ll be done later.
The version number will be given according to the date, month & year of the release of the new theme.
For instance the current version/or the latest updated theme available currently has 10.1 version, Meaning: I released it in year 10 & 1st month, hence 10.1
This page will be updated as and when changes in theme need to be logged.
Name of the wordpress theme: ‘johnyc’ (click here to download the theme)
Date of release
19 January 2010
Removed Google adsense code from footer
Added global google analytics code
Added ad on top
Changed 404.php page, added search feature and few suggested pages link.
9 June 2009
First release for public, made in zip format.
changed header image
Added footer notes in php, added ad-line, blend with parent site
10 March 2009
Pre-release version used on two blogs
three columns separated by chain & strip, white background, border 1px black
15 January 2009
Borrowed basic structure from cleave designs
modified for Amrute.Me online network.
I know when I present it I should present it in a professional way… hmm I promise I’ll be better next time.