How to import Google Earth files

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  1. Wakawaka

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    Anyone know how to import Google Earth files into the iPads google Earth?

    I'm starting to setup and use my iPad more and more for work to show it can be a great tool for the work place IN the field (and at the office). But I'm in need to be able to use some simple tools. I have roughly about a month or two before I'm out to there to try it out so a little time to set things up and play around.

    My boss has sent me a .KMZ file (stores locations and data about "sites" - See photo below). I downloaded the file and was able to click and drag into the Google Earth program on the Windows 7 PC. Pulled up each site with detailed information.

    I then saved that file into DropBox. The iPad was able to locate the file, and says "Can not display" or something along those lines. However if exporting to an APP, it does give me the option for Google Earth. If tapped, it will open Google Earth. However none of the data opens up.

    This is a file I'll be using a bit, and prefer to use it on the iPad.


    Ideas??:confused:

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    #1 Wakawaka, Jan 12, 2011
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  2. Wakawaka

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    Anyone know yet?? Been awhile...
     
  3. peled

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    I wish I could help.
    Here is MY problem.
    Here in Israel I can't access it. It is one of the applications not provided here .
     
  4. Hasty

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    Sorry Waka I have no idea other than use Splashtop.
    You really are out on your own at the cutting edge of technology on this one :(
     
  5. deckyon

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    Google Earth has a link in the Layers button for "My Maps" which may do what you need to do. Dunno, would need to have a Google maps file sent to find out.
     
  6. Wakawaka

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    I figured it out.. first major problem was IE8.

    You need to go to maps.google.com and if you don't have an account create one.

    Then upload the .KMZ file under your maps. (My issue was IE8 kept giving me an error saying misinformed and illigal or something like that in a pop up window..)

    Use Safari or FireFox and upload your .KMZ file. This will now save the file in your MAPS account.

    As stated above, on google earth app on the iPad, go to layers, click on MY MAPS, and you should see all your uploaded maps now.

    Worked perfectly for me! I got all 60 sites displayed with all saved information on each site. This will make my job so so much easier!
     
  7. zesandler

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    Use a KML file

    You must use a KML as KMZs don't appear to work. You can easily convert the KMZ to KML by opening the KMZ in Google Earth. Right click on the layer and click "Save Place As...". Then just save the layer as a KML (vs KMZ. KMZ is just compressed).

    Upload the KML file to the web (I uploaded it via FTP to my web server). Navigate directly to the kml file using the Safari App (internet app) and click "Open in Google Earth." This will open Google Earth to the extent of the kml layer. You can then use the find location button of Google Earth (bottom left) to show data and know where you currently are. This will enable you to quickly visualize data in the field with the phone's built in GPS. Much more reliable and faster than using the W3C's geolocation API and Google Maps.

    It worked for me with a 1MB file on my iPhone. I've not tested it yet on an iPad, but imagine it should work.

    Copy this link to test page: vtid.us /test /zetest.kml
     
  8. burkinator

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    Worked great for me

    I was having the same issue - we've had issues with municipalities/cities that we've been working for who couldn't be bothered to coordinate our database with GIS - now we can skip that whole issue by creating layers in Google Earth and uploading them to our iPads - access the database for site information and data entry in the field, and view real-time site access and locations via polygons on Google Earth on the iPad. Thanks for figuring this out for me - I was just starting to wrestle with the problem, and you saved me lots of trial and error! I uploaded my layer using Google Chrome, so that works as well.
     
  9. mjtyler

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    Hi there, I have a range of posts, locational markers across the Australian rail network. If I follow your instructions above will I be able to get these posts onto google earth on my iPad
     
  10. zesandler

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    Yep. It should work as described above. Let me know if you experience any issues and we can figure out how to make it work.
     

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