Friday, December 15, 2006

Shape2Earth Users Manual

A new and improved Shape2Earth Users Guide is now available.

The links below will remain for reference.
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Instructions for using Shape2Earth

What is Shape2Earth?

Get Shape2Earth

Getting Started With Shape2Earth

Basic Importing of Shapefiles Into Google Earth

Additional Options for Importing Shapefiles into Google Earth

Changing Feature Colors Based on GIS Attributes

Adding Height Values to GIS Features

Creating Labels for Names

Normalizing GIS Data For Better Representation in Google Earth

12 comments:

Bernie said...

How can I manipulate the map projection of the shape file? I see that there is a projection tab on the shape2earth plugin. Can I edit this data? Are EPSG codes supported?

Sebastian said...

Hi,
open the file in map window, choose GIS tools, vector, reproject. If you are reprojecting for good use in google earth, use geographic world wgs 84. have fun.

Sebastian said...

Hi,
open the file in map window, choose GIS tools, vector, reproject. If you are reprojecting for good use in google earth, use geographic world wgs 84. have fun.

juan Esteban said...

IS IT POSSIBLE TO CONVERT A GOOGLE KMZ, KML FILE TO A SHAPEFILE? IF I DRAW A LINE IN GE IS IT POSSIBLE TO SEE IT IN MAPWINDOW AS A SHAPE FILE?

juan Esteban said...

IS IT POSSIBLE TO CONVERT A GOOGLE KMZ, KML FILE TO A SHAPEFILE? IF I DRAW A LINE IN GE IS IT POSSIBLE TO SEE IT IN MAPWINDOW AS A SHAPE FILE?

Sabin21 said...

Shape2Earth does not yet convert KML/KMZ to shapefiles. You may want to try kml2shp.
http://freegeographytools.com/2007/the-last-word-for-now-on-converting-google-earth-kml-files-to-shapefiles

christopher.legg said...

A great utility! However, I have a slight problem. I wish to convert a shapefile of more than 200 districts in East Africa for display in Google Earth. I wish to colour the polygons according to a classification of a numerical attribute. I have successfully converted polygons, with correct district labels, attribute table and colour scheme, but I cannot generate a legend for the classifcation. In the Google Earth legend windows, I have an entry for each of more than 200 polygons, in the appropriate colours, but no legend relating colours to values of the numerical attribute. How can I do this?

christopher.legg said...

I want to convert a shapefile of more than 200 districts in East Africa into Google Earth format. The colour coding of polygons is based on a numerical attribute. Conversion is successful, with label points, names of districts and attributes displayed when requested. Colour coding is correct but there is no legend. The "legend" in the Google Earth legend window has one object for each of >200 polygons, but no simple legend for colour classification. How can I do this?

JohnLadd said...

I have the same question as Christopher Legg on 11/9/07. I have a theme containing 300 polygons that have an attribute with nine possibilities. The appropriate legend should have only 9 entries, not 300. I tried to work around this by using the "dissolve features based on an attribute" function in the Geoprocessing wizard in ArcView. The result looked fine in MapWindow GIS and created the desired legend in Google Earth, but some of the polygons did not display properly in Google Earth. I would really like to find a solution to this problem.

tunes said...

I'm trying to use Shape2Earth but it keeps saying "error parsing data" everytime I attempt to convert shapefiles to KML.

Sabin21 said...

If you have an error parsing data, it is probably due to a conflict between different MapWindow dlls in the same folder. If you do not have any customized MapWindow tools that you want to save, you should uninstall Shape2Earth and MapWindow. Then delete the MapWindow folder (usually C:\Program Files\MapWindow). Then reinstall MapWindow and Shape2Earth using the instructions here:

http://shape2earth.com/shp2e.aspx

Samantha said...

Can google earth bubble templates be applied? If so, how?