Alex Feldman wrote:
> Hi,
> I have limited experience with Gimp, almost all of it with photographs, 
> and essentially none with Inkscape.  I want to make some simple maps of 
> trails in the area, and mark them with mileages and a few comments.  My 
> plan was to download the photographs of the area from Google Earth, put 
> a layer over it, and trace out the trails.  Then I can stretch or shrink 
> the image and add the decorations and commentary.
> My question is, which is the best tool for this?  Or is there a better 
> way to do it than what I am describing?  Thanks for the help.
Wouldn't it be better to build your overlays in Google Earth?  Then you 
could save
the kml data for later use or uploading to the web.  What you are 
suggesting would
work, but the "best" solution would be to use GIS software for this 
task.  There are a
number of open source and freeware GIS tools, the biggest problem is 
that in general
they are not designed to directly access the Google data.  That can be 
worked around,
but probably is more work than you are interested in, unless you expect 
to do more
mapping applications.  When you say you want to "download the 
photographs" do you
mean using the Google map api, or taking screenshots of a Google Earth view?
Or are you using one of the pay versions of GE (I think these offer more 
options, but
haven't investigated).

scott s.

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