Stupid mapping question

I find that I very often want to see something like an outline of “1,500km from the Saudi border” or something similar to that, superimposed on an ordinary political map of the world. I’m sure this is really easy to do. Does anyone know of something on the web, or some simple software solution, to quickly bring these up?

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Published in: on January 26, 2007 at 15:14  Comments (14)  

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  1. Says the guy who works at Mapping Central.
    Speaking of, have you seen the satellite images of Dubai? The palm-frond-shaped island communities are horrifying.

  2. Says the guy who works at Mapping Central.
    Speaking of, have you seen the satellite images of Dubai? The palm-frond-shaped island communities are horrifying.

  3. True, but I don’t know the Google Earth codebase at all and really don’t feel like trying to figure it out enough to wire the feature in myself right now. 🙂

  4. True, but I don’t know the Google Earth codebase at all and really don’t feel like trying to figure it out enough to wire the feature in myself right now. 🙂

  5. There’s a non-free (read: really expensive) piece of software that can do that called ArcGIS. It’s a really powerful database management tool for geospatial data. But it’s not cheap. Try ArcReader by the same people (ESRI), but I don’t know if it retains that piece of functionality (called buffering).

  6. There’s a non-free (read: really expensive) piece of software that can do that called ArcGIS. It’s a really powerful database management tool for geospatial data. But it’s not cheap. Try ArcReader by the same people (ESRI), but I don’t know if it retains that piece of functionality (called buffering).

  7. At the risk of sparking a technology war, I’ll mention that you can accomplish something kinda like this, with a little bit of work, using local.live.com.
    Using the drawing tools (available at the bottom of the “Collections” window), you can draw either lines or areas, and it shows distances as you’re drawing. Not as good as an automated tool, but if you just trying to get a rough idea of distance on a world map, it ain’t half bad.

  8. At the risk of sparking a technology war, I’ll mention that you can accomplish something kinda like this, with a little bit of work, using local.live.com.
    Using the drawing tools (available at the bottom of the “Collections” window), you can draw either lines or areas, and it shows distances as you’re drawing. Not as good as an automated tool, but if you just trying to get a rough idea of distance on a world map, it ain’t half bad.

  9. Yeah, I figured out how to do that on Google Earth too… but what I’d really like is to see the “halo” around a country all at once. I suspect that’s going to require writing code.

  10. Yeah, I figured out how to do that on Google Earth too… but what I’d really like is to see the “halo” around a country all at once. I suspect that’s going to require writing code.

  11. Probably. Or paying somebody who’s already written such code.
    It’s always encouraging (from a job security standpoint) how many problems still require writing code.

  12. Probably. Or paying somebody who’s already written such code.
    It’s always encouraging (from a job security standpoint) how many problems still require writing code.

  13. I don’t know if this has the capability you want, but it might be inline with some of your interests:
    http://web.mit.edu/stgs/downloads.html
    It’s a utility for simulating ballistic missiles with Google earth.

  14. I don’t know if this has the capability you want, but it might be inline with some of your interests:
    http://web.mit.edu/stgs/downloads.html
    It’s a utility for simulating ballistic missiles with Google earth.


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