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10 Years Ago on Spatially Adjusted – “Ron Lake – What is KML?”

10 years ago, Google Earth was still somewhat unknown.  It had its big coming out party with a natural disaster1 and people started doing amazing things with it.  If there was one person back in 2005 that knew XML spatial formats, it was Ron Lake.  He wrote a commentary on KML 10 years ago this […]

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The KML Problem

KML is if nothing well supported by many applications. We allow export of it at WeoGeo. But why is it every time I use it I get just a little bit angry? Take this simple OGR command: ogr2ogr -where “description LIKE ‘%chair_lift%'” -f KML chair_lifts.kml output.kml “aerialway_line” See that LIKE? It’s in there because the […]

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Export to KML for ArcGIS updated to 2.4.1

Kevin Martin emailed me telling me that his great Export to KML has been updated: WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2.4: implements KML version 2.2 attributes from the GIS database stored in the output KML as “schema” items labels and information points can now be vertically offset</li; layer and features descriptions can be saved as and […]

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KML Home Companion 3.0.2 Released

Jim Cser has updated his wonderfully simple and easy to use (and free) ArcMap to KML tool. `Fixes in 3.2.0 Removed the extra commas between line segments. KMLs now have compatibility with Google Maps.` As always it is so simple to use. Just add the toolbar to your ArcMap session. Get your data layers set […]

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KML in ArcGIS Explorer Build 380

I figured I’d try Chad’s Mogadishu Refugee Migration KML in ArcGIS Explorer and see how it looks. While it appears that KML rendering has improved, its still not able to handle transparency. Take a look at the same KML in Google Earth. KML support in AGX still has quite a way to go.

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Google’s KML Search

I’ve not really written anything up on Google’s KML Search because it really is irrelevant to me. One still can’t install Google Earth in corporate settings without paying for pro so why would I bother since none of my clients can install it (can you imagine if Adobe had such a restriction on Acrobat Reader […]

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KML Support in Google Maps Greatly Improved

Looks like Google has rolled out some improvements with the Google Maps support of KML. Some of the improvements are support for exported photo sets out of Picasa (meh), view KML overlays (wonderful) and customized marker icons. Google has posted some examples of the KML overlay and the customized marker icons, but I’m sure you […]

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Checking out the Google Analytics to KML converstion tool

I have to admit, this really opens your eyes when you see how global everything is these day. If you have a Google Analytics account, visit Scurvy Jake’s Pirate Blog and run the code. You can view my Analytics KML here, just remember don’t use GE at work. I viewed it in ArcGIS Explorer and […]

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Shape2Earth – shapefile to KML converter – Beta 2 available

Tim Beermann posted in my comments that: Shape2Earth can now be downloaded and tested at http://interactiveearth.blogspot.com/. I have not had much time to implement a lot of the features I would like .. but those will come with time. For those who have not been following Shape2Earth Beta 2 news, you can get up to […]

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ArcGIS Server 9.2 and the new KML Extension for publishing

Not sure if this was at all intentional, but ESRI has posted a short technical paper describing how to publish data with ArcGIS Server 9.2 that can be consumed by Google Earth clients.