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    Default How i can unzip the KMZ file in my Local System

    I have some KMZ files & i don't want to install google earth to see it's content. Is there any way to see the content in those 'kmz' files?

    Thx in Advance
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    change the extention into zip (*.kmz -> *.zip)
    then open it with whatever unzipper you've got

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMX
    I have some KMZ files & i don't want to install google earth to see it's content. Is there any way to see the content in those 'kmz' files?

    Thx in Advance
    I'm curious... what do you hope to find inside the .KMZ? All it is, is a zipped .KML file. KML is just Keyhole's version of XML. Here's a snip of what's inside a KMZ / KML:

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    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <kml xmlns="http://earth.google.com/kml/2.1">
    <Document>
    	<name>HMS Onyx.kml</name>
    	<Style id="default+icon=0x307_copy79">
    <IconStyle>
    <Icon>
    <href>root://icons/palette-4.png</href>
    	<y>128</y>

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMX
    I have some KMZ files & i don't want to install google earth to see it's content. Is there any way to see the content in those 'kmz' files?

    Thx in Advance
    There is no way to see GEarth content inside the KMZ and KML files. These files just tell GEarth where to go - longitude, latitude, altitude, direction, etc.

    Go ahead, install Google Earth - you'll be glad you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appletom

    Go ahead, install Google Earth - you'll be glad you did.


    I agree with Appletom on this statement, you should just install it. It's the best tool i've ever found.

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    I can't speak for the original poster, but looking at the KML is extremely useful. Say I want to join two lines that I've traced on an exact node. Not "close" but down to the 10th decimal, modifying the XML pairs will let me do this. I do it often. Or correcting the same typo in 100+ features, which is what I, personally, want to do now.

    Perhaps the original poster intended to use the KML like this. GE is most definitely not the sharpest tool in my toolkit, especially if you're working from the terminal. KMZ/L does provide a nice non-proprietary way to share spatial information, though.

    Just my 2 cents. I don't mean to ridicule anyone, just see that others are making comments without fully understanding.

    w

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    Welcome will.um. It appears you have some advanced knowledge about kmz and kml files and we look forward to having you around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svens View Post
    change the extention into zip (*.kmz -> *.zip)
    then open it with whatever unzipper you've got
    Actually, you shouldn't have to change the extension. Most zip utilities already know that .kmz is a zipped format.

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