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Map Views (Currently Windows Only)

On the upper right corner of the main Toolkit window, there are options to use alternate map views utilizing the Google Earth API Currently, the views include the 'Standard' 2-D map view, a split-screen view with Google Earth and an external Google Earth window. In both Google Earth views, the 2-D map is used to navigate and drive the rendering of the data. The Google Earth instance is updated following each zoom and pan of the 2-D map.

Google Earth split screen view The split screen option with the Google Earth plugin.

Google Earth external view The external view option with the Google Earth plugin. This view is ideal for multiple monitors.

The Options dialog allows visibility adjustment of various Google Earth layers. In addition, the elevation exaggeration may be adjusted. The elevation exaggeration will apply to both the Google Earth terrain and any 3-D capable loaded data, such as Weather Radar. This is different behaviour than using the standalone Google Earth application, where the elevation exaggeration only applies the terrain, not 3-D data draped on models. When exporting a KMZ file, the elevation exaggeration is provided as an value the user can adjust. The user must adjust Google Earth's elevation exaggeration to match.

The Auto Fly-To? option determines if the 3-D Google Earth instance will update the view automatically after each zoom or pan change in the 2-D map.

The Transparency slider adjusts the transparency of the data in the Google Earth view. Note: The transparency of 3-D Radar data (which are images draped on COLLADA models), must be adjusted in the Layer Selector.