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How to display 300+ GPX cycling routes over a Google Maps base layer

GPX Visualization on Google Maps: I have 300+ GPX files of bike rides that I'd like to be able to link to somehow over a Google Maps base layer, visually approximating this. This is related to my previous AskMe about cycling every road in a town; I need to visualize what roads I have/haven't ridden, and link that progress to a blog. Would like it to be as low-weight as possible; the 300 (uncompressed) GPX files amount to 100+mb currently (route+track+waypoints) and is only getting larger -- vanilla GMaps doesn't play nice with that many files. Much more information inside... [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Dec 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Endgame tools for a cyclist trying to bike down every street in a city?

For the past year I've been trying to bike down every street in St Louis. In the beginning this was easy and wide-open and fun. The middle has been less so. Now, sitting at ≈65% completion [map: zoomable | 1.5mb png | GPX] my current approach has become overwhelming and tedious, and is no longer working; I need to get way smarter about this. How would a programmer, a mathematician, or a GIS/transit specialist approach this endgame, and what tools/software would he/she use? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jun 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Google Earth is hard for tablets

I have a project on Google Earth I created on a PC and want to show off on a tablet, but things are not going smoothly. Have I missed something? Do you know how I can make my project better on a tablet? Specific questions outlined inside, but I welcome other suggestions that may help me in ways I had not even thought about yet. [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Feb 15, 2013 - 4 answers

How to get building footprint drawings quickly

What are the best options for generating dimensioned footprint drawings of existing single family homes in Central Texas? [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Mar 30, 2011 - 12 answers

Please help me with map overlays

Can anyone help me with data from a Google Map? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Sep 27, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me pin down a monument please.

I need to know where the Shugborough Hall Shepherd's Monument and Inscription are in google maps / google earth / Global Coordinated System. My Google-Fu has failed me. Anybody know?
posted by gonzo_ID on Dec 30, 2009 - 2 answers

Norad Santa help?

Tracking Santa: I can't install the Google Earth Web Plug-in (mac).. help please! I have six hours to get this working for my nieces... [more inside]
posted by cgs on Dec 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Music to Fly Helicopters to

Can you suggest suitable soundtrack music to accompany a Google Earth flyover created from helicopter GPS data? The terrain is dramatically mountainous for the most part. (Or conversely, what would be amusingly inappropriate?)
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets on Dec 1, 2009 - 30 answers

Averaging Home Values in Google Earth

GoogleEarthFilter: I have a bunch of addresses with the value of each house and want to average the values based on region. [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Apr 17, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I calculate distance from one location to many?

How can I figure out the distance from multiple locations to one location? [more inside]
posted by jestonb on Jan 29, 2009 - 6 answers

Grid Mapping in the USA

Help me find or create a grid with GPS coordinates of every square mile of the USA. Can I use Expert GPS or Google Earth to do this? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jan 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Is there a free (cheap) KML editor for the Mac?

Is there a free (cheap) KML editor, like NorthGates' KML Editor or KaMeLwriter, for the Mac? [more inside]
posted by brokekid on Oct 28, 2008 - 1 answer

Google Earth KMZ File Merging?

GoogleEarthFilter: How can I merge the contents of multiple point-data KMZ/KML files? Long-winded explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by Phineas Rhyne on Jul 15, 2008 - 6 answers

Where is this acoustic mirror in Malta?

A friend and I are trawling Google Earth in a bar, under the assumption that of all the acoustic mirrors left in the world, no-one has yet identified (on the internet, anyway) the one in Malta. It is supposed to lie north-east of Naxxar, but not entirely sure that this is reliable information. Any ideas for where we could possibly find lat/long co-ordinates or a flat out Google Earth placemark?
posted by jim.christian on Jun 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Can I change the date in Google Earth 4.3 Sunlight new feature?

Google Earth 4.3 added a new feature called Sunlight where one can simulate the lightning on different parts of the world depending on the local time. As you know, the amount of lightning depends a lot on the date (sun is "higher" during Summer and much "lower" during Winter). The thing is I can't find any way to change the date in the Google Earth interface. As a workaround I can change my computer clock date, and this does have an effect, but I was wondering if anybody managed to get this done directly within Google Earth.
posted by V-Turn on Apr 26, 2008 - 3 answers

Strange landscape in northern russia.

Please help me re-locate an unusual geological formation on Google Earth. It is somewhere in northern Russia. [more inside]
posted by proj08 on Feb 21, 2008 - 5 answers

Google vs. Opera

I cannot get Google products (GoogleEarth and Picasa) to link to Opera (or Firefox or anything) when they need to open up a webpage. Has my using Opera and Firefox somehow confused these pieces of software? [more inside]
posted by yet.another.boston.question on Apr 13, 2007 - 3 answers

NYC Neighborhoods

NYCFilter: What neighborhoods am I missing in my google earth mapping? [more inside]
posted by Mach5 on Mar 14, 2007 - 6 answers

Google Earth image licenses

What are the chances of me being able to use some Google Earth images in a self-published military history book? We're talking small peanuts black & white images, non high-res, of some military locations in Asia. I expect no more than 100-200 book copies in circulation. [more inside]
posted by calhound on Nov 20, 2006 - 6 answers

Google Earth big images

Google Earth: Is there a plug-in or standalone app that will make large (say 4000 x 4000 pixel) images of a certain region? [more inside]
posted by zek on Nov 13, 2006 - 9 answers

Mysterious Island discovered with google earth

My son (nine) came across this unnamed, triangular island with airstrips and buildings using google earth. It's quite small, and almost artificial looking, like a built-up atoll. We're pretty sure they've got aliens there. KML file enclosed. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Sep 3, 2006 - 8 answers

Five quid we'll find Starbucks there

Why are the north and south poles invisible in Google Earth? [more inside]
posted by randomination on Aug 25, 2006 - 26 answers

Google Earth 3D to SketchUp?

Can I grab the 3-D buildings from Google Earth and play with them in Google SketchUp? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Aug 2, 2006 - 3 answers

Why is my home town fuzzy?

I grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. But when I try to view the town in Google Earth, the whole town is fuzzed out. Why? The Bush dynasty has long been resident in the town, and presumably some of them still live there, but ... the whole town obscured?
posted by words1 on Jul 29, 2006 - 29 answers

Help me map out bike ride altitude profiles before I go

Is there a good, easy, or already available way to make an altitude profile from a route in Google Earth? Alternatively, is there another easy (and preferably free) way to do it? [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Jun 3, 2006 - 9 answers

Where is this place?

Need help with a Google Earth based puzzle game... [more inside]
posted by jaimev on May 12, 2006 - 3 answers

Flood the (Google) Earth!

I want to flood the Earth! [more inside]
posted by jefgodesky on May 8, 2006 - 8 answers

How can I move a map saved on Google Earth (.kml file) to a website using the Google Maps API?

How can I export a map from Google Earth to a website using the Google Maps API? [more inside]
posted by JudgeBork on Dec 7, 2005 - 6 answers

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