This is an embedded Google Earth KML of some sample placemarks on my street. I beg your forgiveness in advance! I was playing around with two things for David Frane:
- The KML is driven by a shared Google Doc spreadsheet. This allows collaboration. Edits and additions to the spreadsheet are reflected on the Google Earth project in realtime.
- The spreadsheet uses tabs from which we can customize the placemark balloon, and specify different balloon templates. This sample uses a couple different ones. In addition to a still photo of the place, we can brand the balloon with a logo, even related links, etc.
The genesis of this was Dave's idea for a worldwide database of tool manufacturers. Using Google Earth, our users could "visit" the different manufacturing facilities, read some custom descriptions, facts, and get various links, including link-backs to various HW articles.
Again on this one, see how the balloons are scrunched and cutoff.