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Google earth pro looks very ugly

#1 Post by travis82 » Wed May 16, 2018 7:55 am

Hi folks
Normally i don't ask too much as I have a habit to search for solutions. MX worked great on my system and I havn't been faced with any distro specific problem so far. This is the problem that I have on every distribution and I hope that you can help me. The look and feel of google earth pro is very ugly. Font is very small and the theme doesn't follow my configuration in xfce setting. I have tried qt4-qtconfig but it couldn't change look and feel of the google earth either. There are some old discussions in internet that are irrelevant for google earth pro. Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Google earth pro looks very ugly

#2 Post by Richard » Wed May 16, 2018 8:58 am

... the problem that I have on every distribution and I hope that you can help me. The look and feel of google earth pro is very ugly. Font is very small and the theme doesn't follow my configuration in xfce setting. I have tried qt4-qtconfig but it couldn't change look and feel of the google earth either. There are some old discussions in internet that are irrelevant for google earth pro. Any help would be appreciated.
Maybe try talking to Google and ask them to make it prettier?
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Re: Google earth pro looks very ugly

#3 Post by Stevo » Wed May 16, 2018 1:05 pm

GE Pro is using its own bundled Qt 5 libraries, and no doubt that is at the root of the problem. The newer versions of Virtual Box that you can download from Oracle have the same sort of appearance problem on MX 16, too (don't know about MX 17).

There may be some sort of environment command that can be passed to GE to fix the Qt 5 issues, since there seem to be various mystical unknown ones out there; but I don't know them offhand. Or maybe the trick of making symlinks to the system Qt 5 libraries... Maybe the answer will turn up in a web search.

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Re: Google earth pro looks very ugly

#4 Post by travis82 » Wed May 16, 2018 1:50 pm

Richard wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 8:58 am
Maybe try talking to Google and ask them to make it prettier?
As far as I know google has stopped development of goole earth API. There is a web version of GE which is available through chrome, but it's nowhere near desktop version regarding functionality.

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Re: Google earth pro looks very ugly

#5 Post by skidoo » Wed May 16, 2018 3:37 pm

websearch "linux google earth qt theme"
the first linked search result (i didn't check further) contains a posted solution, with followup posts saying "thanks! that worked"
https://productforums.google.com/forum/ ... FRW2WJbsx4

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Re: Google earth pro looks very ugly

#6 Post by rich » Wed May 16, 2018 3:44 pm

skidoo wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 3:37 pm
websearch "linux google earth qt theme"
the first linked search result (i didn't check further) contains a posted solution, with followup posts saying "thanks! that worked"
https://productforums.google.com/forum/ ... FRW2WJbsx4
This is 7 years and two versions of qt ago. I was tinkering with it, swapped the whole prebundled qt library out for system library, no luck (complained about mismatched versions with partial swap, seg fault with full swap). There are a few -style command line options for launching but none that make much of a difference or that read system libraries. There may be some way of get GE to look nice but I sure don't know what it is. Not sure if browser version of google earth is feature complete yet or not.
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Re: Google earth pro looks very ugly

#7 Post by skidoo » Wed May 16, 2018 4:17 pm

it's available packaged as an appimage. Maybe the packaged version is better behaved, contains a bundled theme?
https://bintray.com/probono/AppImages/GoogleEarth

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Re: Google earth pro looks very ugly

#8 Post by Mauser » Wed May 16, 2018 4:32 pm

travis82, I concur. Google Earth is ugly as home made lye soap. It doesn't render fonts correctly especially when a high DPI is set so you can use the computer without a magnifying glass. This is a Google problem and not a MX Linux problem. I found issues with a few programs that are poorly written as Google Earth. If the Google developers would check their work it wouldn't be a problem, but they don't check their work.

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Re: Google earth pro looks very ugly

#9 Post by rich » Wed May 16, 2018 4:41 pm

One thing I think I'm noticing is it reads ~/.fonts.conf

So if you have settings there it'll do your fonts better, if you want, try entering this into ~/.fonts.conf -

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<?xml version='1.0'?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM 'fonts.dtd'>
<fontconfig>
 <match target="font">
  <edit mode="assign" name="rgba">
   <const>rgb</const>
  </edit>
 </match>
 <match target="font">
  <edit mode="assign" name="hinting">
   <bool>true</bool>
  </edit>
 </match>
 <match target="font">
  <edit mode="assign" name="hintstyle">
   <const>hintslight</const>
  </edit>
 </match>
 <match target="font">
  <edit mode="assign" name="antialias">
   <bool>true</bool>
  </edit>
 </match>
  <match target="font">
    <edit mode="assign" name="lcdfilter">
      <const>lcddefault</const>
    </edit>
  </match>
</fontconfig>
edit - Course that won't help with fonts size, just rendering.
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Re: Google earth pro looks very ugly

#10 Post by Richard » Wed May 16, 2018 6:31 pm

Just applied the new ~/.fonts.conf which didn't exist for me,
then downloaded and installed the new GE Pro.

Subjectively, the fonts are more readable. Not great but legible.

Thanks.
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