I've got a very old post in the GE community archive (2006), about watercolours I've painted all over the world (especially in France because I'm french, and I live in Paris). The crash of the board (and the replacement by a google group) leaded my website towards the limbs of internet.
Since this time, I've added a lot of paintings (France of course, but also Danemark, Italy, Germany, Arab Emirates, Israel...)
Today I just realized the board resurrected here a few months ago !
So here we are : you'll find in the attached file the marks of over 300 watercolours painted all over the world, and in each one, a link to the relevant page in my website (http://www.elisabethmasset.fr).
About my website, the galleries are classified by area, and in each page there is the API Google earth where the paintings of the gallery are marked.
I'm really glad you have found us! I was impressed by your post on the oGEC, and I'm looking forward to viewing your work posted here. Seeing the place that inspired your work greatly adds to my appreciation of it.
Although I've only examined a few of the placemarks in the first folder (Denmark), I have a few suggestions for you.
Give us a full size view in each placemark. My eyes are not so good anymore, and I can barely see the thumbnails. When I click on the thumbnail, it takes me to your website, but it's not obvious to me how I can find the image from there.
Since many of the places you have painted are now visible in Google Street View, it would be nice if the placemarks took us to approximately that view. (Maybe they do, but the few I checked don't.) It adds to my appreciation of a painter's work if I can see what details of a scene he or she as selected to represent its essence.
You might consider showing each folder with a radio button.
Hello Washi ! Thanks for these suggestions ; I had not noticed you could put a street view placemark ; ok ! For the watercolour in big size, I tried but when it is loaded you can't see the streetview anymore ?! I don't manage to move the comment of the placemark ?!
Ah, and finally I've seen the radio button option. Why is it so important to look at placemarks one by one ?
For the watercolour in big size, I tried but when it is loaded you can't see the streetview anymore ?!
When you placemark a Street View, you usually can't see the icon, but you can view the balloon (the window with the text and/or image) by clicking on the placemark name in My / Temporary Places. Or, you can exit Street View and click on the icon. Or you can position the icon in such a way that when you drag the Pegman Street View tool and drop it on the icon, you enter the right Street View cell, although probably not looking at the desired angle.
I don't manage to move the comment of the placemark ?!
I would copy the comment and paste it into the placemark itself, but if you don't want to do that, you might rewrite the code in each placemark something like this: <a href="URL for the page in your website that shows the appropriate comment"><img src="URL for the location where the full sized image is stored"></a>
And what do you mean about the radio button ?
fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bouton_radio (Selectable in the properties menu of a GE folder.) This is not an important suggestion. It is just another way of keeping the viewing pane uncluttered with numerous placemarks (which you accomplished by enabling only one folder when you saved the file.)
Contact me if you'd like some feedback on various things you are trying. Or better yet, contact Noisette, who not only knows French, but also knows just about everything there is to know about Google Earth and how to use it.
Why is it so important to look at placemarks one by one ?
I didn't mean every placemark should have a radio button. I meant every area folder. What you did works just as well, and I should have said nothing.
I'm attaching a screen shot of just one placemark. You can't quite see the same view you have captured in your painting. Maybe the nice 3D imagery here does a better job, but I still think the imperfect Street View enhances your painting. If you are worried about your images being too wide, you can use "width=" in your img tag. ("<a href="http://www.extrados.fr/spip.php?article16"><img src="http://www.URL.jpg width=720"></a>")
Congratulations on finishing what must have been a huge job. My wife and I took advantage of a break in the oppressive heat that has gripped Japan all summer, to go out and explore the ruins of castle she had never seen, so I've only looked at 5 of your 22 folders.
The bigger pictures in the placemarks are greatly appreciated, at least by me. I don't know which I envy more, your experience of traveling to so many wonderful places, or your ability to see them so clearly and then share your vision so simply and beautifully. I really love it when your subjects appear in Google Earth in both 3D and Street View. GE can seldom, if ever, provide exactly the same views as your paintings do, but often it can suggest the same uniqueness of the place that made you choose it for a subject, plus the added bonus of providing a glimpse of views you didn't choose to paint. When your SV placemarks fail to fly to the view intended (as sometimes happens) maybe you might give up on putting the user there directly. I'm not sure that I wouldn't prefer, in some cases, to see a tilted 3D view of your subject with surrounding architecture first, before diving into a SV. If you start with the guiding principle that you want to use GE to share as best it can (and baring in mind that someday absent SV and 3D building may be provided), then you can select the initial view accordingly. (You can always arrange a signal, like a difference in label and / or icon color and / or size, that a relevant SV exists, and leave it to the user to find it.) Also, you might want to be careful that your labels and icons are not hidden under future trees and behind future buildings. This can often be solved by adjusting the altitude of the placemark.
By the way, it was not just the sightseeing that caused me to lay your work aside. After 5 folders, I was ready to do something else for a while. If you eat a whole pizza, the first half is bound to taste better than the second. You might consider dishing up your work in smaller servings, so that people could download maybe 4 or 5 folders at a time, maybe in some kind of regional grouping. I'd strongly suggest that kind of organization for the KMZ (s) available on your home page. Which brings up another issue: Did you know that the Google Earth API will be no more in just a few months? (You can read about it >>HERE<<.) It shouldn't be difficult to replace the API with instructions for downloading GE, and at that point you'll need to make your work also downloadable from there.
Your use of radio buttons is not what I suggested. If you like what you did, then that's your prerogative. I have commented on your work in a great deal more detail than is usual. Very possibly, it's much more comment than you have asked for or want. But it seems to me that responding to one another's work is part of our function as members of our community, and I've taken more time than usual because I think your work is one of the, say, 50 most significant uses of Google Earth that I have seen. I've always appreciated the few times that fellow members have taken the time to give me advice on how to make my work better. I haven't always taken that advice, but I've always been grateful to receive it. I hope you receive mine in the same spirit, and if you ever want a second set of eyes to look at something before you post it, feel free to contact me by PM. (I suggested that you activate the radio buttons in the main folder, not each regional folder. See attached screen shot.)
Many thanks to you for spending so much time to give me such pertinent advice.
I understand your suggestion about letting people have choice between SV, 3D or just aerial view, or all of them. I wondered how to indicate the SV existence, I didn't think about the label ! It's obvious ! Thanks. I copy the 10m altitude suggestion, and the radio button.
About delivering the file in several parts, well, i just realized it was possible to have 12 attachements (it was not possible in the previous version, was it ?) But it is still difficult to choose the good regroupments. France vs each state I visited ? France in fours parts + Paris ? Etc
About the API, yes, I realized that yesterday. Too bad but I think nobody did download the plugin, anyway. I have to make a whole new site, by the way.
And my dream : to be hired by Google to cover all earth with drawings...
Hi Everybody It has been a while since I came here. I've been working hard on my watercolours (I've a job beside !) and now I have got almost 450 paintings from all over the world ; I did'nt travel that far these last years, but now you can really travel through France with my work !!