I would like to show/hide a Google Earth folder without affecting the visibility settings of items nested within that folder.
For example, several top-level folders might each contain a hierarchy of folders and placemarks, each of which may have had hand-tuned visibility that I don't want to lose when temporarily toggling visibility of folders higher up in the hierarchy.
It appears that when the visibility of a higher-level folder is toggled, its new visibility setting is forced upon all its children.
Is there a way to preserve the visibility settings of children (ie., make them independent) when their parent's visibility is changed?
[Of course I'd expect if their parent is hidden, a child would be hidden too regardless of its visibility setting. A child item would display if their parent's visibility is set to 'not hidden' AND their own visibility is set to 'not hidden'.]
If that's not possible with the current GE interface, is there a good alternative or work-around? RadioFolder style does not seem to be a solution as it seems to be handled by the GE interface the same way as regular folders (children settings are altered when parent visibility is altered). I guess I could convert folders into network links and then manage them independently, manually doing a 'save' (overwrite) to set child settings and a reload to restore the visibility settings (but that would be clumsy). Any suggestions?