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I was hoping someone might know of a tool or rule on GoogleEarth Pro where you can enter a linear measurement command (12 feet for example) and have a plot drop on that measurement when you are drawing a line. Basically I want to layout orchard lines and have pins automatically dropped every 12 feet when I sketch out a long line.

I hope this makes sense, and I hope this is the correct forum. Thanks!
 
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If there is a free tool that can do custom lines and topographic work that would be great. I was unable to find anything free, beginner friendly or easy to use when I had looked previously. There are a lot of GIS (geographic information systems) software out there, but it seemed like it would be easier to walk around with a line and a bunch of stakes than to learn how to use the software.
 
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This is not full functionality, but the easiest method I can think of to get contour maps is this:

1) go to Google Maps

2) Click Menu on left-hand side

3) Select Terrain

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Open Google Maps
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Select Terrain
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Zoom In as Needed
 
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As long as you're ok with a sales pitch for even more:

https://www.contourmapgenerator.com

has a really nice tool!!
 
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Thanks for the replies! However, I don't think I was explaining myself properly. I just want to be able to draw a line on Google Earth with automatic pin points dropped in on whatever measurement I enter. For fruit tree planting, I want a pin point every 10 feet on a drawn line of 1000'. That way I'll have a more accurate idea of how growth shading is going to look in my food forest. Its very tedious to go back to a drawn line and measure out 10 feet with computer mouse and plop a pin. Is this possible to do? Surely I'm not the first person to think of doing this?

Hope this makes sense!
 
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I don't believe it is currently. At least not in anything I've seen.

From what I've done with GE Pro, I think the easiest way to achieve that is to decide which two points are the ends of your lines you want, then run an algorithm that would take the GPS coordinates for those two points and give you coordinates along that line (slope) at an interval of XX that you determine, format it as a CSV and import the points back into GE Pro. That's basically what the plugin or tool would do.

Some of the drill and shoot field engineers that I worked with would take a GE map and draw a line at the set spacing they wanted to create a ruler, then export it to imaging software and copypasta that line as needed to make the grid.

The Survey manager had some very high end software to do that, and even then it took the Survey Engineer a lot of manual effort to generate points.

At spacing of 10 feet over 1000 feet, wouldn't the line alone give you a pretty solid idea?
 
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Michael Adams wrote: I just want to be able to draw a line on Google Earth with automatic pin points dropped in on whatever measurement I enter. For fruit tree planting, I want a pin point every 10 feet on a drawn line of 1000'. That way I'll have a more accurate idea of how growth shading is going to look in my food forest. Its very tedious to go back to a drawn line and measure out 10 feet with computer mouse and plop a pin. Is this possible to do?



The contour mapper will generate a kmz file which can be loaded up to individual points on contour, and then each 10 ft can be measured with 2D linear interpolation calculating the final pin position on paper....

...but you might ask yourself if you're getting enough value out of a detailed paper tiger to justify the time spent doing it.  if you will be on the ground with the trees, your best detail planning will be done while planting.

I have been happy with results taken from a Google map overview with contours and laying out my own on the ground.  I typically like to get an overview plan and then draw out lines with a single shank ripper on the tractor.  One you have lines drawn out (I mean real functional lines that aid water movement, aerations, and fungus development!), it's very easy to measure off 10' and go.  And if you decide you prefer 14' spacing with a nitrogen fixer, some comfrey, and a few herbs or currants in the gap, all the better!

 
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