The above blog was posted on 2008 April 20 by probaway. At that time I posted some suggestions for how to improve the controls for Google Earth.
Now I have another couple of improvements which are really very simple. One is to routinizing something that is fun to do and that is to fly in a circle around some particular point being viewed in the 3-D mode. This can already be done by grabbing the N symbol on the top control, and slowly moving it around its circle. The problem with using a mouse to rotate the view in this way is that it requires considerable dexterity, and you frequently have to take your eye off of whatever you are looking at to reposition the mouse on the control circle.
A solution to this minor problem is a simple left rotate < . – . > right rotate set of arrows placed directly above the N which could allow you to do this rotation smoothly without even looking. Or alternatively use the keyboard left-right arrows for the input. This is such an obvious improvement that perhaps someone has already done it but if not it should be added to the next upgrade.
Another simple improvement would be to place a central dot shown as an eye on the illustration above so one could center what they wanted to zoom into, and then zoom in directly to that chosen place. This dot could disappear a second after releasing the mouse control button, and reappear whenever it was pressed, even before the mouse was moved.
Update 2009/03/10 go to Google Earth HELP where these problems are now fixed beautifully. CTRL-right arrow rotates the screen and Point at a spot, right click and drag toward you and you zoom in – etc.