Google Earth Cache Builder
Hey Guys (and Girls),
I just wrote a basic win32 MFC app to aid in building caches in Google Earth. If anyone wants it they can download it at http://nwashor.com/downloads/GECacheBldr.exe.
Like I said it's real basic... you give it a Lat and Lon of your NW corner. You give it the size in miles across and down (e/w and n/s). You also give it a speed factor (i use a 3, but feel free to change this from 1 and up). The larger the speed factor, the slower the application writes out a new KML file between every new point calculated.
Then you set up Google Earth to read in the KML file as a network resource. Set it up to refresh every second and to fly-to the location. Enable the resource under Places, and run the app (you might need to run it once and kill it to create the KML file the first time, I could make this easier with an install shield if anyone has that software). The KML file is spit out into the directory that you run the executable from and is title CashBild.kml.
There are a few more instructions in the about of the app.
This is version 1, and is not coded super clean, so if it is doing stuff you don't like, just kill it (ctrl-alt-del -> taskmgr) and restart And yes, it will take over your computer when you run it (I'll throw it in a thread for the next release).
This version does NOT work over the international dateline, nor the polar caps yet. This version DOES account for lines of longitude shrinking as you approach the polar caps (so if you choose a really large area, or an area near the caps, make sure you use the larger width of the area in miles).
And yeah, I'm an American, so units are in miles.
If you're playing with it and you notice something not functioning properly, let me know and I'll fix it.
One final thing... you may need to download some .NET files for this to run as it was compile by VS.Net 2003.