I have considered the best method to share this information and have come up with what I consider the optimum solution. Initially I intended to make the project into a live website but although I can do that it would mean using data fed from a commercial server. I want this to be a completely free resource. There is a the free server I could use but that is restricted to a 1000 hits a month. I expect a lot of interest and already get more than a 1000 hits a day sometimes more than double that.
The alternative is to install an application on your device. Doing this is completely free and has advantages in that it will work much faster and you can save information. It will also be more secure and once you have it working it would be very difficult to break it.
Let me know if if you do it and it works or not. I can try to work out how to fix it if it doesn’t. I am working on up to date systems but it should work on older versions. It may run a little slower depending on your hardware.
Unfortunately my lines are in kmz format which wont work in Google maps although the software guide says that they will, but that is google for you.
For a computer – see below for instructions for a tablet or smart phone.
You need to download Google Earth Pro or Google Earth. It will work on either but the pro version has more features. Both are available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The lines should also work in Virtual 3D Earth (Windows) and in any virtual Earth software but I haven’t tried. I have Windows on my Mac but try to avoid Windows computers these days.
Get the Google Earth Pro version here. Yes it’s free. They don’t sell it any more and it is a little out of date but is good enough for this project.
Once you have a version of Google Earth working download my files from here. It is a very small file. It is a zip archive and needs to be decompressed. Usually that just means double clicking the folder. It contains three folders one with Rod centres, another which has both sides and one with the heart centre circles. Open each folder and drag and drop the contents onto an open version of Google Earth Pro or Google Earth. Doing that will import them. You can also import the files individually but dropping them is quicker and imports them all at once.
If you make folders for them in the left hand column of the Google Earth software (see above) you can organise them and that will enable you turn them all on and off. You do that by selecting the radio button (shown here in blue with a tick which shows what is selected) next to the folder.
To make a new folder:
Right click anything and click Add Folder and name it. You can then select and drag files into it.
I have included three lines for each rod because that is the most accurate way to portray the information. One is the rod centres, (turned off in this screenshot), the other folder contains the edges at true width. Anything inside these lines is covered by that rod. I have used the geodesic drawing tool which is the most accurate but it only shows width up to 100 point which isn’t wide enough for the Rods.
Once the files are in they will be saved and the software remembers them when you next open it.
You can look in close detail at the energy lines anywhere on the planet right down to your own house.
On a Tablet or a smart phone
The procedure is a little different. You can only import the files one at a time but it wont take long. I would suggest you only really need the sides rather than the centre lines. I have included them and you can hide or show them as you can on a computer but have to do that one at a time. The heart centre circles may be still be of interest.
- You need add the Google Earth App which you can get from your devices appropriate app store. There are versions for Ios (Mac), most Android devices, Linux and Windows.
- You may need to add the free iZipp app (for iphone or ipad) or unzipp for windows if you don’t already have it. Unzipp is built in to the Linux operating system. Use unzip then the file name on a command line. Chrome has zip extractor and other systems will have an equivalent, zips are a fairly universal file format. You can check by searching if you get stuck.
- Download my files here. Once you have downloaded the files it will most likely ask do you want to open them in the appropriate unzip app. Say yes and yes again if it asks do you want to open them all. Then click on the first one and then ‘open’ or ‘open copy in’ – then choose Google Earth as the app to open them in.
- The line should appear on Google Earth. You then need to go back to your unzip app and do the second file the same way.
You can also import them individually – see below.
The procedure should be much the same for any operating systems. I have done it on an iPhone and a modern iPad both running v 12.01 which is the latest operating system. There doesn’t appear to be a quicker way to do this but it works and once in the software runs very smoothly.
To import them directly in Google Earth
- Open the Google Earth app .
- Tap Menu My Places.
- At the bottom, tap Import KML file.
- Navigate to and select the KML file.
- To return to the map and view the KML file, tap Back
I will be updating the download package occasionally as I refine and add rods. You can delete old rods by selecting them and then deleting them. On a computer you do this in the left hand section of Google Earth Pro or Google Earth. On a tablet or smart phone you need to pull up the list of added kml files. Do that by going to the menu and select My places. Select the one you want to delete and you should see a trash icon, usually at the top of the list, click that. When I add anything new I will also list any rods if they have changed.
The lines are colour coded as to accuracy. Lighter colours (white) means they are the most accurate. All are good enough to show, less than 60 on a scale of 1 to 100, but I am trying for much better, at least half that. Magenta lines haven’t been checked yet.
There are 30 lines or rods at the moment. There are areas of the world like the Indian sub continent that I haven’t worked on yet although I have done in the past. This project is still very much a work in progress. You may find the occasional mistake, please let me know if you find something that looks odd. I am doing that myself and checking as I go.