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Thread: how to read output of kmlcircle into Google Earth (not plus or pro)

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    Default how to read output of kmlcircle into Google Earth (not plus or pro)

    I need to make circles at 10 miles, 20 miles, etc, radius from a point in Google Earth. I followed these blogs:

    http://www.blendedtechnologies.com/g...und-a-point/45

    http://nuthatch.typepad.com/ba/2005/...google_ea.html

    But the site that generates an html link that automatically loads the circle is broken:

    http://dev.bt23.org/keyhole/circlegen/

    So I downloaded and ran kmlcircle (a Python script)

    My output looks like this:

    <Polygon>
    <outerBoundaryIs><LinearRing><coordinates>
    -105.93631331,35.09381
    -105.967035343,35.2643403037
    -106.058186473,35.4198483589
    -106.201913743,35.5463944732

    ...

    Which looks like the right Lat and Long.

    But I can't figure out how to load it successfully in Google Earth -- I can say File Load but nothing appears under Places and nothing appears on the screen.

    I'm on a Mac, 10.6.4, running Google Earth 5.2.1.1588
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    that is just the polygon portion of the KML file. Do this.

    Use GE to create a random polygon.

    Save the file as a KML file

    Open with text editor

    Replace the Polygon portion with the code generated by the website.

    Load the new KML file into GE
    Matt Fox

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    Default How to unzip on a mac?

    OK, the answer was unzip with the .kmz ending.


    OK, when I save a polygon in GE, it makes a KMZ file, which I can't edit. I tried gunziping it and it wasn't recognized. I tried changing the ending to .zip (recommended by someone) and double clicking it (I'm on a mac, right?) and some unknown program seems to have re-zipped it and added a .cogz ending.

    I have access to a unix account (not to mention the unix under MacOS) -- what do I need to unzip it?

    I also couldn't seem to find any options for writing .kml rather than .kmz

    Thanks
    Last edited by Spark2000; 10-21-2010 at 10:35 PM. Reason: figured it out myself

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    With Google Earth, just save it as KML, not KMZ. You should have the option to select the file type when you save it. But I'm not a Mac person so don't know for sure.

    You should also be able to change the extension from kmz to zip and unzip. Again, I'm not a Mac person so no idea how to unzip something on a Mac, but I would imagine there is some help on Google for that.
    Matt Fox

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