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How do I stop icons dimming / changing color

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How do I stop icons dimming / changing color Cooper 1/16/12 10:52 AM
With a cluster of placemarks, Google Earth will dim / change the brightness of some of the icons. Which ones are dimmed shifts as you zoom in / out. When zoomed in close, they do not dim in this way.

I have a cluster of placemarks which are data points. Each datapoint is colored with regards to a scale. So it's pretty important that they maintain their color.

I need to be able to turn this 'functionality' off. Or work around it somehow.


It does this regardless of whether the color of the icon is set by a custom icon, or is set using the properties of the icon.

Screenshot attached with clusters of dimmed point circled. (Work in progress, very early stages, and, yes, I'm well aware Sieverts are not the right way to have measured for this data...)

Thanks
Re: How do I stop icons dimming / changing color Noisette 1/19/12 11:22 AM
Hi, this is a few days old, but if you haven't solved it yet, I'd suggest you attach a sample file so that we can see what is happening.  Also perhaps a second screenshot that shows the difference compared to the first one.

Do you know how the file was created?  I did wonder if it was made using Regions and fade extent.  There's more information about this here: Working with Regions.

Re: How do I stop icons dimming / changing color Cooper 1/21/12 9:23 AM
No, regions haven't been used. These data points are just placemarks. This seems to be a default 'feature'?

These are the placemarks at different scales. The change in colour should be clear. KMZ file WIP attached too.

Re: How do I stop icons dimming / changing color Noisette 1/23/12 3:13 AM
Ah, I see what you mean now.  I suspect this might be a feature, to highlight an icon when there are others in close proximity.  However, it's certainly not useful for you.  I'll try and find out more, but you might want to ask this question in the KML support group as well.  You can refer back to this thread for people to see the examples.
Re: How do I stop icons dimming / changing color 'Geo Mark' 1/23/12 7:51 AM
Another good place to go for this type of question is the Fusion Tables Help Forum -- I'm not sure if you are using Fusion Tables to visualize your placemarks, but there is a lot of experience on this forum when it comes to getting your data to play nicely with Google Maps and Google Earth.
Re: How do I stop icons dimming / changing color jpthompson23 2/15/12 10:22 AM
I also would like to be able to turn off this "feature", so if you find an answer, please post it here.  As far as I know, though, this functionality is not exposed in the API.
Re: How do I stop icons dimming / changing color sasully 5/22/12 2:41 PM
A very annoying feature -- would love to know how to turn it off.
Re: How do I stop icons dimming / changing color sasully 5/24/12 12:15 PM
I figured out a fix. If you set the label transparency for a placemark to 0%  

(

the kml file xml code equivalent is 

<LabelStyle>
<color>00ffffff</color>
</LabelStyle>
)

the default dimming stops . There is still dimming only when you mouse over a cluster (though that stops too if you view using a Google Maps-->Maps overlay) 



Re: How do I stop icons dimming / changing color jbarne08 8/6/12 9:05 AM
I'm replying to this because I had this same problem. I had a compilation of place-marks that were transferred using a fusion table. The label transparency was already set to 0% and the markers were some dark grey color, rather than the natural white. I was playing around with the features to trick it into displaying correctly, and found that simply altering the layer's label transparency makes all icons in the view their natural color. I just made the transparency of my label very low, and everything worked fine, the labels are not visible, and the icon are the correct color. This provided what I needed to get the screen shot for my report. 

Thanks