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LibertyCabbage
09-01-2005, 06:12 PM
Just checking to see if there any GIS users here, and if any knows if its possible to import ESRI shapefiles into GE? Is that a functionality added in one of the pay-for versions?

Thanks.

macnetz
09-01-2005, 09:52 PM
Just checking to see if there any GIS users here, and if any knows if its possible to import ESRI shapefiles into GE? Is that a functionality added in one of the pay-for versions?Hi,

AFAIK you need the extra import module (+200$) added to the GEPro version (400$/year).

Anton

Fritz Quadrata
09-16-2005, 02:11 PM
Hi,
I am a new visitor to this forum and am also digging around for GIS info. I am using MapInfo but there is a tool available on the Directions magazine website thjat allows export from MI to the kml format. You might check there to see if they have the same free tool for Arc rather than spending $400
Fritz

Forkboy2
09-17-2005, 08:10 AM
Global Mapper is supposed to be adding GML/KML support sometime in version 7.

Matt

Christian Frugard
11-16-2005, 04:54 PM
You can use Free OGR tools to convert your shapefile to GML and then write some code to port that file to a a KML file. I am currently taking data from our GE Smallworld GIS and exporting to a KML file. It is pretty cool. You will also need to make sure that your source shapefile is in WGS coordinates as well.

Christian Frugard

goesseln
02-27-2006, 10:16 AM
Hello,

followed your discussion and i am working on quite similar problems. At the moment i am working with the open source gis JUMP in combination with the Java Topology suite (JTS) by vividsolutions, which is capable of importing shp-Files and get directly on the coordinates for java-programmers. With this you can easily create KML-Files as they are text-based and not more complicated than for example vrml Files.

Or you may try SketchUp as they are GIS (ArcGIS) Extensions available.

Hope this could help.

Sincerly G.

Sabin21
02-28-2006, 04:14 AM
I have written a Shapefile to KML translator using MapWindow GIS as my open source platform (http://www.mapwindow.com), and a similar one using GeoTools.NET. It can be run in a stand-alone mode, or you can use MapWindow GIS to create symbology. It is similar in capability to most of the ArcMap extensions you can download for free (minus the cost of ArcMap of course).

I occasionally use JUMP for its geoprocessing tools, which are better than MapWindow. MapWindow is pretty good at reprojecting shapefiles, which is great for all of the content that is on the web these days. Iíll be posting a more in depth description at http://www.interactiveearth.blogspot.com/ when I have the time,

I think that JUMP would be a marvelous platform for KML tools. If only I knew Java!

Tim Beermann

Forkboy2
02-28-2006, 06:40 AM
Sabin, looking forward to seeing what you're translator can do.

Matt

Sabin21
01-10-2007, 11:18 PM
For any GIS users looking for an easy and cheap way to convert shapefiles to KML for Google Earth .. you can download and look at Shape2Earth at http://shape2earth.com (http://shape2earth.com/shp2e.aspx)