Movie Here is a small movie showing how to use Google Earth with gCADPlus.

The steps to take are listed below:

  1. Start Google Earth.
  2. In the search box, type the address of the site (its location). Hit <ENTER> and you will 'fly' to the site.
  3. Adjust the view by zooming and panning to show the complete site magnified as far as possible. Make sure that the scale bar is showing. In order to see the scale bar, you may have to activate the Google Earth side bar and tick the show scale bar option.
  4. Click the save image icon at the top right of the screen and save the image as a jpg file, making sure that you know the save location. You will need to browse to the file when inside gCADPlus.
  5. Start gCADPlus.
  6. Select the Draw drop down menu and select the Insert Raster tool. Select Add and browse to the location of your save Google Earth image file. Select Add, then insert. Place a rectangle on the screen and place your image.
  7. Zoom in on the scale bar. Use the Distance option on the standard toolbar to measure the length. Make a note of both the Google Earth image length and the value reported by the Distance tool. Divide one by the other to calculate a scale factor.
  8. Select the image and scale it as shown in the movies.
  9. Make a new layout and add new gCADPlus entities on top of the base image.


Use an image editor and change transparency of the base image. That will help what you draw to stand out against the image.

Use Google Earth in conjunction with gCADPlus