SpruceRoots Maps - January 2007

HOW TO and SETTING PREFERENCES for the MAUDE ISLAND KMZ file.
HOW TO RUN THE KMZ FILE
To run the attached file you need the Google Earth software - go to http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html and download it.

Once Google Earth is installed, find the "Maude Island Logging Plan.kmz" file attached to this email and double-click on it.

Google Earth will open automatically and take you to Skidegate Inlet, and put the .kmz file and its associated folders in the TEMPORARY PLACES list on the left side of the screen.

Double click on the place marker called OVERHEAD VIEW to get started, and then pick another marker to see things from a different viewpoint.

Always return to the OVERHEAD view before going to another viewpoint -- otherwise you will run into a hill and get bounced out into space. If that happens, take a deep breath and double-click on OVERHEAD VIEW in the PLACES list.

The cutblock shapes and roads are from the Teal Jones Group proposed forest development plan, and the colouring inside them is a simulated logging pattern from nearby areas. No changes have been made to the linework except to project it to fit in the right places in Google Earth.

You can turn the files on and off to customize your view and information layers. Clicking on the triangles will reveal more information.

You can make the simulated logging go transparent by dragging the slider at the bottom of the PLACES list.
SETTING GOOGLE EARTH PREFERENCES
To maximize your computer performance go to the Google Earth preferences or settings menu.

In 3D VIEW make sure LARGE detail view is checked, turn off ANISOTROPIC FILTERING and use SMALL labels.

Also in 3D VIEW, set the Elevation Exaggeration to 1.5 for the most realistic look; and set the terrain detail slider to a little bit more than half way.

In CACHE, max out the Memory Cache Size, to something between a quarter and a half of your installed RAM.

Up the DISK CACHE to 2000 Mb.
 
TIPS
Turn off any other PLACES files that you don't need, this will smooth and speed the viewing.

Google Earth displays smoother and faster when other programs are off.

For the highest quality terrain display, move the slider in the 3D VIEW settings all the way to the right, but you can expect the zooming and panning to slow down or get a bit jerky unless you have tons of computer memory.