Google earth for Ipad has no toolbar?

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    Just got IPad Air.
    Loaded Google Earth.
    I can't find the toolbar, can't drop pins, & etc.

    Did some research that said to hold down on point to drop pin.
    Does not work...

    Suggestions?
    Surely it has Options?
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    Hi, Kudzu! Welcome to iPF!

    The toolbar in Google Earth is at the top left. It you tap it, you see this:


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    There's a tutorial and a help center. I didn't find how to drop a pin in Google Earth, but it's possible in Google Maps:


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    There, the procedure you described works.
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    The ability to drop pins is mostly a navigation tool, so you can then get directions to that point. Google Earth doesn't do directions.

    The way I think of the two apps is this:

    Google Earth is mostly an educational and exploration tool. A good app to use when you are curious about what's where and how it looks.

    Google Maps is a navigation and service location tool. The better tool to use when you are looking for a business or how to get somewhere.


    There is definitely some overlap, but each does different things better.


    That said, there are ways to save places in Google Earth, though not on the iPad. Instead you use a desktop to create kml files which can be overlaid on Google Earth. The My Maps option allows you to sync these files between your desktop and iPad via Google. Again, this is mostly for education and other information sharing services.

    I can't add much in the way of details, since I've never used it myself. The closest I've come was to export a KML file from Panoramio and view it in Google Earth on my desktop.

    Good luck.
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    Found the menu.
    On the desktop google earth, we drop pins on points of interest for hunting or dirt bikes. Shame the ipad version does not seem to have this
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    Take a look at MotionX GPS HD. You can drop pins, keep tracks, and export them as KML files which you should be able to import into your computer version of Google Earth.

    It is the most general purpose mapping app I've seen. Meaning, it has a wide variety of tools and maps.
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    GPS he looks nice, but I don't have 3G ipad, only wifi
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    Then it would work on Wi-Fi only, just like Google Earth. There is an option to cache maps, so you can still get some limited offline functionality.

    And the navigation features would be limited, the more rural you are the more limited. Not that MotionX GPS HD has all that many navigation features. The version with driving instructions is MotionX Drive.

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