Connecting Google Earth to GpsGate Client!

Connecting Google Earth to GpsGate Client

GpsGate fills the gap between the GPS and Google Earth, and enables real-time GPS tracking in Google Earth. You need GpsGate 2.0 or later.

1. Setting up the Google Earth plugin

To set up the Google Earth plugin, follow these steps:

1. Make sure you have GpsGate for Windows 2.0 or later installed. If not download here

2. Start Franson GpsGate 2.0 and open the output tab of the settings dialog. If the wizard appears when you start GpsGate, you can reach the settings dialog by clicking the “Advanced setup”. Otherwise, you can reach the settings dialog by clicking on the GpsGate tray icon and then clicking “Settings”.

3. To enable the real-time GPS tracking support in Google Earth, you need to add the “Google Earth” output in GpsGate. See image below.

Figure 1 - selecting the Google Earth output in GpsGate.

4. When you have added the output, a settings dialog appears as illustrated in the image below. This dialog allows you to control parts of the tracking experience in Google Earth. See section 2 for more information on the configurable parameters.

Figure 2 - the Google Earth plugin configuration dialog.

5. Check the “Start Google Earth automatically” checkbox. This will ensure that Google Earth is started as the plugin is activated, and that Google Earth is setup to receive the GPS data.

Figure 3 - setting allowing you to start Google Earth when the Google Earth output is enabled.

6. Finally, click OK and Google Earth will be launched, if not already running, and will be tracking your position!

2. Plugin Settings

This section explains more about how you can configure the Google Earth plugin to enable and disable various features.

2.1. Camera Settings

The Camera Settings group (see figure 4) allows you to control the viewing perspective used in Google Earth. If Follow placemark is checked, the camera will be locked onto the position marker, and the position marker will thus always be the centered in the view. When you check this item, you have the option to configure the parameters in the camera settings group.

Figure 4 - the camera settings section.

By changing these parameters, you can change how you follow the marker in Google Earth. If you do not wish to follow the marker, simply uncheck “Follow placemark” in the camera settings section. You can see some examples below.

The tilt determines the vertical angle of the camera, relative to the vertical axis. For instance, if you set this to 0, the camera will be aimed at the marker directly from above. If you set it to 65, you will get the angle illustrated above.

The altitude, or more correctly range, determines the distance between the camera and the marker. If you increase this value, you will get further away from the marker. The picture above illustrates a range of 5000 meters.

The angle setting determine the angle between the camera and the axis defined by the direction of travel (the bearing). The example above illustrates a 90 degree angle (“from the left”). To follow the marker from behind, set this to zero.

2.2. Misc Settings

The Misc settings section (see figure 5) allows you to control how the GpsGate output should be started. GpsGate needs to let Google Earth know that there’s data available by opening the correct kml-file. There are two options available:

If you uncheck both options above, you need to remove and add the plugin at a later point.

Figure 5 - the misc settings section.

2.3. Appearance Settings

The appearance section (see figure 6) lets you control the marker that displays your current position in Google Earth.

The Show Altitude option allows you to decide whether or not the altitude of the marker/track should be visible, or if it should be projected onto the ground.

Figure 6 - the appearance settings section.

2.4. Track Settings

The track settings allows you to configure whether or not a track should be visible in Google Earth, and if so, how it should look. If enabled, a tail will be drawn after the marker, indicating the points it has passed.

Figure 7 - the track settings section.

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