Use Google Earth to estimate point-to-point links

AlphiMAX has recently updated their Point-To-Point Estimator to support a handful of new Google Earth features, and the result is pretty slick.
The tool already had a lot of great features in it, such as the ability to factor in temperature, terrain data and a variety of other factors.They added Google Earth support to it a while ago, via the Google Earth Plug-in, and it worked very well.
Then they recently added support for Google Earth 6, including the new 3D trees that were part of that release. For a P2P estimator, being able to see trees in the system is certainly an important part of it. The coverage of trees in Google Earth is still relatively small, making this feature somewhat less useful, but it’s certain to grow quickly in the future.

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If you’d like to try it out for yourself, simply visit their site and dive in. It’s required that you have an account on their site for it to work, but otherwise you can get up and running fairly quickly. If you’d just like to see a resulting file, here’s a KMZ file of a test set of data.
Not many of us will need a Point-To-Point Estimator in our work, but for those that do the new enhancements to this program should be very useful!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. Español:
    Deberían hacer una aplicación como Building Maker para colocar arboles en Google Earth, Google lo apruebe ¿como en Google SketchUp? para quedar seleccionado como modelo de Google Earth en la papa “Arboles”
    English:
    Should make an application as Building Maker to put trees on Google Earth, Google approves how in Google SketchUp? to be selected as a model for Google Earth in potato “Trees ”

  2. I’ve been doing this point-to-point line thing manually.
    I simply create a path placemark with two points. Then I edit the placemark in a text editor to put in the altitude above ground, for say a 100 ft. tower, (entered in meters). The result is the same as the example shown.

  3. Alphimax is a scam.
    I paid a lot of money for access to their GIS and ground clutter data and after 2 uses they started demanding more money. When I didn’t pay they cut off access.

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