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    Default 3D model tracks discussion

    This is a discussion thread for the following file:

    3D model tracks

    63 tracks displaying the most magnificent 3D models of buildings, structures, sometimes almost entire cities and surroundings present in the Google Earth 3D layer. This is a series of tracks (paths) designed to give you a tour, like a flyover of the local geography, in areas with many or particularly interesting or fascinating models.
    Current cities and areas covered (chronically added here, in file alphabetically listed): "Buenos Aires, Argentina" - "Beijing, China" - "Florence, Italy" - "Cape Town, South Africa" - "Venice, Italy" - "Abu Dhabi, UAE" - "Melbourne, Australia" - "Vienna, Austria" - "Madrid, Spain" - "Amsterdam, Netherlands" - "Stockholm, Sweden" - "Warsaw, Poland" - "Lima, Peru" - "Marseilles, France" - "Bangkok, Thailand" - "Copenhagen, Denmark" - "Kyoto, Japan" - "Osaka, Japan" - "Kobe, Japan" - "Astana, Kazakhstan" - "Munich, Germany" - "Washington D.C., USA" - "Mexico City, Mexico" - "Angkor, Cambodia (Angkor Wat temple)" - "Guangzhou (Canton), China" - "Jakarta, Indonesia" - "Miami, USA" - "Lucerne, Switzerland" - "Pisa, Italy (Leaning Tower of Pisa)" - "Christchurch, New Zealand" - "Chichen Itza, Yucatán, Mexico" - "Prague, Czech Republic" - "Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet" - "Macau, China" - "Antwerp, Belgium" - "Hong Kong, China" - "Cairo/Giza, Egypt" - "Istanbul, Turkey" - "Valparaiso, Chile" - "Tokyo, Japan" - "Auckland, New Zealand" - "Seoul, South Korea" - "Las Vegas, USA" - "Shanghai, China" - "Barcelona, Spain" - "Los Angeles, USA" - "Taj Mahal, Agra, India" - "Athens, Greece" - "Taipei, Taiwan" - "Paris, France" - "Toronto, Canada" - "Moscow, Russia" - "Dubai, UAE" - "Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia" - "Chicago, USA" - "Berlin, Germany" - "Singapore" - "Rio de Janeiro, Brazil" - "Rome, Italy" - "London, England" - "Sydney, Australia" - "San Francisco, USA" - "New York, USA".



    Choose the folder of the (city) area you would like to see, then (double) click to zoom in and give you an overview of the area of your choice. Start by clicking the green 3D placemark of the specific area. This will zoom you further into the area and GE will started to cache the buildings. Now mark the 3-dotted icon track (path) below the green 3D placemark and click on the 'Play tour' icon. Time has been spent to give you an easy and smooth view of great 3D buildings and structures which have been created and incorporated in the '3D building' layer of Google Earth. Be aware that 3D objects in GE may have a delay of display. Consider to take the actual path track several times or pause/rewind it, to allow all of the 3D objects and the rest of GE data to be cached and loaded to display. A placemark for each track has been supplied with a view to support best caching of 3D objects in the area. Clicking on the track itself will provide a view to hopefully cache (most of) the "other" part of the path / track.

    Take this/those track(s) as an inspiration to look further into the area. Recommended to be viewed as a 'Play tour' in Google Earth with the '3D buildings' and terrain layer enabled and a viewing angle above 80 degrees. To adjust viewing angle, choose menu 'Tools', 'Options', Click the tab 'Touring' and change the 'Camera Tilt Angle' to above 80 degrees. The default is 60 degrees. To play a specific path track, mark the 'three dot icon' path track, press the 'Play tour' option and enjoy the flyover of the area.

    After several hours of touring, creating the tracks (paths) in this collection, detecting 3D models, in many corners and areas of Google Earth, I dedicate, these current and most likely ever evolving tracks, as a tribute to all those who contributed and continue to do so, to the 3D models in the GE layer. These tracks can only give a quick and superficial picture, and never a sufficiently covered view, of the hard and dedicated work provided through the construction, design, research and model making of buildings or structures, large or small, outlined or detailed. Thank you all, you model builders!

    And note that this tour is an excellent test (present and back in 2009 and most likely ever forward!) of your computer systems capabilities in graphics performance and a test of your network speed. During creating all these tracks/paths we never since 2009 has managed to cache all 3D in best quality in first go, so consider to take a second and third go (track/path re-play/playback) of each track to get optimal and best display. In 2009 when most of these tracks/paths where originally lined out, only few areas of 3D buildings where online. With new 3D versions of buildings and structures combined with more coverage, these tracks/paths always will pose a challenge to your displaying unit, mobile, tablet or computer. In 2009 we had not enough power on a 2GHz/2Gbyte computer, 4Mbit connection, in 2013 we have not enough power in 4GHz/4Gbyte computer, 22Mbit connection, to display all Google Earth content on a first time display on a 'play tour/track'. So "Play it again, Sam" - Of course the Google Earth servers could contribute to network degregation. But play'ing this tour on maximum 'Terrain Quality', fullscreen (F11) and all additional layes enabled should/will give YOUR system something do, and YOU something to view :-) - And let's hope the Google Earth team over time will keep on to supply us with even more hi-resolution pictures and imagery all the way... :-)

    About the "3D model tracks" tour: Tour and track / path creator: Tom Kjeldsen, created may 2009.

    Last edited by T.Dooley; 08-31-2013 at 02:35 PM.

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    Really sorry about the late file approval! I completely forgot about approving files, and then I kept having problems with the website no longer loading.

    Regardless, this is a GREAT file. I absolutely love it, and it's a great way to introduce Google Earth to beginners. I now have it saved in my places, something I rarely do with files these days.
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    Thank you and could you, by the way, update the description, both in this discussion thread, here above, and on the file page with this, where a spelling error is corrected. . Areas covered is by the way expanded since the first submission .

    Thanks
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    Descriptions replaced as requested. Was it OK to fix the other two misspelled words?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appletom View Post
    Descriptions replaced as requested. Was it OK to fix the other two misspelled words?
    Thank you, Appletom, very very much. This must be a special service of this forum to offer spontaneous spelling check of contributions. This is great, as a "second hand (language) english" writer, I truely appreciate anyone that point out any misspelling or wording which might confuse the intent of any contribution (thread or file) I may bring.

    Now I just have to figure out which two words it was...
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    Quote Originally Posted by T.Dooley View Post
    This must be a special service of this forum to offer spontaneous spelling check of contributions.
    It's a special service only available for wormhole travelers.

    Now I just have to figure out which two words it was...
    If I recall, choice was spelled choise and smooth was spelled smoothe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appletom View Post
    It's a special service only available for wormhole travelers.
    And dearly appreciated since wormhole traveling and discussion of it is almost a fulltime job

    Quote Originally Posted by Appletom View Post
    If I recall, choice was spelled choise and smooth was spelled smoothe.
    This I got to remember; not to make my choise smoothe but to do my smooth choice. Thanks!
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    Question Cmsws

    Quote Originally Posted by Appletom View Post
    It's a special service only available for wormhole travelers.
    How does one go about applying? Can it be done online, or must I do it the old-fashioned way using a tree product? Do I get a discount if I'm a Certified Microsoft Wormhole Specialist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Appletom View Post
    If I recall, choice was spelled choise and smooth was spelled smoothe.
    Well, nothing wrong really with spelling it "smoothe", it just means smooth with an extra kick in a suavé sort of way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avrilismymom View Post
    How does one go about applying? Can it be done online, or must I do it the old-fashioned way using a tree product?
    A dead tree application is preferred, I will send you a link to the PDF file this weekend.

    Do I get a discount if I'm a Certified Microsoft Wormhole Specialist?
    Absolutely. Please post a copy of your certification here in this thread.

    Well, nothing wrong really with spelling it "smoothe", it just means smooth with an extra kick in a suavé sort of way.
    I'm sure you aren't the first person (from this galaxy at least) to call Mr. Dooley "suavé".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appletom View Post
    A dead tree application is preferred, I will send you a link to the PDF file this weekend.
    Do you prefer a particular breed of tree?

    Quote Originally Posted by Appletom View Post
    Absolutely. Please post a copy of your certification here in this thread.
    Due to the enormous amount of HTML code involved, I have posted it on my own site. You can find it here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Appletom View Post
    I'm sure you aren't the first person (from this galaxy at least) to call Mr. Dooley "suavé".
    Definitely an A+ for the pictures, to say the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avrilismymom View Post
    Do you prefer a particular breed of tree?
    Preferably something on the endangered list from deep in the Amazon Rain Forest.

    Due to the enormous amount of HTML code involved, I have posted it on my own site. You can find it here.
    That will do for now, but at some point we will need to see a copy with the MSWHU logo on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appletom View Post
    Preferably something on the endangered list from deep in the Amazon Rain Forest.
    Would you like me to bring back any souvenirs? I was thinking of bringing back a few pirahna for my fishtank/swimming pool/jacuzzi...

    Quote Originally Posted by Appletom View Post
    That will do for now, but at some point we will need to see a copy with the MSWHU logo on it.
    Now why wouldn't my degree have the school symbol on it? Unless they were scamming the whole time.....

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    Without commenting (in this post ) on the ongoing spelling discussion, I hope it's allowed to put, in between, an information on the actual file related to this thread;

    5 new tracks has been added;
    Areas currently covered: Auckland, Seoul, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Agra, Athens, Taipei, Paris, Toronto, Moscow, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Chicago, Berlin, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, London, Sydney, San Francisco, New York.

    Any comments or constructive criticism is highly welcome
    Last edited by T.Dooley; 10-31-2009 at 04:46 PM.
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    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by T.Dooley View Post
    Any comments or constructive criticism is highly welcome
    I took a look at the Los Angeles tour and the Las Vegas tour. Very nice indeed. I gave this a 5 out of 5 rating.

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    After touring for a (few) weeks I feel like saying thanks to the model builders in GE that made this tour and tracks possible.

    Could you, a moderator, (again) update the description, both in this discussion thread, here above, and on the file page with this.

    I hope any spelling errors "automatically" is corrected. or pm'ed, before update
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