Google Earth Pro

by David Baker
(Carson City, NV USA)

Stan's quote in the newsletter this morning: "Anyway, while I was reinstalling my Google Earth Pro"

Stan, What is the advantage of using GE Pro? I use GE all the time.

David Baker
Carson City, NV USA

Stan's response: Thanks for asking this question in the Community Forum David. I have already received 3 similar questions in my personal email this morning alone. It is far better for me to answer these questions in the forum just one time for everyone to see.

This is an excellent question David. Here is what Google has to say about the Pro version.

"What is Google Earth Pro?

"Google Earth Pro builds on the amazing functionality of Google Earth with even more powerful tools. Some of the most compelling features of Earth Pro include:

"Google Earth Pro builds on the amazing functionality of Google Earth with even more powerful tools. Some of the most compelling features of Earth Pro include:

"Advanced Measurements: Measure parking lots and land developments with polygon area measure, or determine affected radius with circle measure.

"High-resolution printing: Print Images up to 4800x3200 px resolution.

"Exclusive Pro data layers: Demographics, parcels, and traffic count.

"Spreadsheet Import: Ingest up to 2500 addresses at a time, assigning placemarks and style templates in bulk.

"GIS import: Visualize ESRI shapefiles (.shp) and MapInfo (.tab) files.

"Movie-Maker: Export Windows Media and Quicktime HD movies, up to 1920x1080 resolution."

I sure do use Google Earth Pro a lot in my various projects, especially in conjunction with my Garmin Montana 650 GPS. I intend to publish some advanced training about all of this before the end of the year.

Thanks again for your question here David.

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GE Pro & GPS
by: David

Thanks Stan,

I look fwd to your info on GE Pro and your Garmin GPS. I also use a Garmin, the Oregon 400 t.

The 400t is getting old and I feel I will need a newer GPS soon. Garmin is going to stop updates to it in the near future. I may look into De Lorme. I would like to get a Trimble. If it only had the map feature of Garmin and DeLorme. Also the Trimble is sooo-o expensive. However, with the optional antenna, they claim up to 3 to 10 cm accuracy. It is a survey level tool.

The one I like is handheld. One downside is, with the not small antenna, it is heavier. Not a problem if you can drive up to the site. But more weight can be a bear if you have to hike and climb.

My Mine Lab 4500 is showing its age also. Its reach into the ground seems to lessen as time passes. I feel that has been the cause of my having to leave a couple of sites because I received no signal from it.

Coming to its defense, it has been abused at some of the more nasty sites I have subjected it to.

I look longingly at the "Garrett ATX Deep Seeker". I really like the collapsible ability and Garrett assures me that it will reach down to the large caches I seek. I like the collapse feature because it allows a searcher to be less obvious as to what he/she is up to.

This from Garrett - "The ATX will respond up to about 3 feet deep max on a target about the size of a 5 gallon bucket . The smaller and less conductive the target , the less depth."

Also, another detector I find interesting because it will also indicate voids is the "Makro Jeo Tech Deep Seeking Metal Detector Pro Package". It does not, however, collapse. It would be handy if you seek a hole/small cave where gems may be buried.

Ahh-h well, maybe when my pockets are a lot

Finding only air at the bottom of a deep hole is disheartening to say the least.

Stan's response: All of this talk of cool gadgets is just like talking about food when you are hungry. You really got me going with this post David!

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