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Main Options

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– Select Input File (il Drag’n’Drop works)
– Select output file format (KML and KMZ are supported).
KMZ is useful to pack large files and is possible to include Images overlay into a single file.

It’s possible to select (or Drag’n’Drop) many files. The program will automatically convert all the files.

Enabling checksum control can filter out NMEA strings with errors.

Selecting “Auto open” the program will automatically open output file in Google Earth.

Output file contents
Folder – Name of he main folder into KML file
Summary – Write a summary with some information extracted from the input file(if the information are available).

Select the objects that you want into the destination file: Points, Arrows, Track and Waypoints are available.

Click on Convert button to start the conversion.

Notes on supported formats

NMEA files
NMEA files are the most common GPS receivers log files.
Example:
$GPGGA,225356.488,3729.9356,N,12213.2068,W,1,07,01.2,1.6,M,-31.1,M,,*5B
$GPGLL,3729.9356,N,12213.2068,W,225356.488,A,A*43
$GPGSA,A,3,01,03,11,14,19,22,25,,,,,,2.4,1.2,2.1*3C
$GPGSV,3,1,09,1,64,237,42,3,15,213,33,11,29,309,46,14,67,035,39*7D
$GPGSV,3,2,09,15,15,140,,18,07,088,,19,31,248,41,22,42,070,40*7E
$GPGSV,3,3,09,25,29,168,35,,,,,,,,,,,,*45
$GPRMC,225356.488,A,3729.9356,N,12213.2068,W,0.00,315.00,130406,,,A*73
$GPZDA,225356.489,13,04,2006,01,00*55
$GPVTG,315.00,T,,,0.00,N,0.00,K,A*77

GPX
GPX is a very common format for GPS data, supported by many programs
PLT
Une of the formats supported by OziExplorer.
TRK
Une of the formats supported by CompeGPS.
CSV
CSV are simple comma separated values.
Here are the supported CSV formats.

Nokia Sports Tracker
Nokia Sports Tracker files have no direction information. The direction will be automatically reconstructed.
Measurementes units imperial/nautical/metric are automatically converted.

total time,total time unit,real time,distance,distance unit,total distance,total distance unit,latitude,longitude,altitude,altitude unit,speed,speed unit,pace,pace unit,fix quality
00:00:23.97,”HHMMSSSS”,2008-01-08 17:37:20.84,0.01,”km”,0.05,”km”,46.032548,8.924232,329,”m”,2.8,”km/h”,21:05,”min/km”,3
00:00:25.11,”HHMMSSSS”,2008-01-08 17:37:21.98,0.00,”km”,0.05,”km”,46.032542,8.924193,322,”m”,3.0,”km/h”,19:50,”min/km”,3
00:00:26.11,”HHMMSSSS”,2008-01-08 17:37:22.98,0.00,”km”,0.06,”km”,46.032538,8.924172,318,”m”,3.2,”km/h”,18:31,”min/km”,3

New CSV formats
Two new CSV formats are available

Type,Time,Date,Lat(signed),Lon(signed),,Altitude,Direction,Speed,Sats,HDOP,Fixmode
0,184936,60406,43.567271,12.51744,120,65.07,3.98,5,1.5,3
0,184937,60406,43.567851,12.517118,121,37.49,3.98,5,1.5,3

Type,Time,Date,Lat(unsigned),Lat Sign,Lon(unsigned),Lon Sign,Altitude,Direction,Speed,Sats,HDOP,Fixmode
1,184936,60406,4556.4689,0,847.7132,0,120,65.07,3.98,5,1.5,3
1,184937,60406,4556.4691,0,847.7132,0,121,37.49,3.98,5,1.5,3

CSV formats for POIs
Name, Description, Latitude, Longitude
oppure
Longitude, Latitude, Name, Description

ASC format for POIs
ASC format can be generated converting OV2 files (TomTom POI).
Here is the structure (with header):
Longitude, Latitude, Nome POI

Track Options

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Select altitude mode:
Ignore(ground) will clamp the track to ground.
Using another altitude options altitudes are absolute and not clamped to ground. Choose Geoidal separation accordingly to your GPS receiver.
Using Altitude M.S.L. should be ok, Geoidal separation maybe needed for SiRF receivers that doesn’t respect NMEA standard

“extrude” will draw lines vertical lines representing the altitude.

Select color, width and opacity of the track.

Points Options

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Point description – Add information to the point (Time, Speed, Heading, HDOP etc… if available).
Point Name – Add ordinal number to the point
Add Timestamp – Add Time information to the points.

Icon Type – Select icon to be used. Select “Custom” to choose a custom icon file.
Custom Icons – Select the custom icon files for points. If POI icon is present, this is automatically loaded
Scale – Icon relative size.

Points altitude – Select altitude mode for points (see Track Options).

It’s possible to set a different color related to fix type (if fix information is present into the input file).
It’s possible to define additional icons thru the file Icons.txt

It’ possible to modify the file Icons.txt to add or modify the icons for Points and Waypoints.

File is structured as following:
‘Icon Name’, ‘Icon definition’
Each row defines an icon

It’ possible to set color/opacity/scale options directly into the icon definition.
You have to define icons using Google Earth format:

Opacity/color setting: “<color>ffffffff</color>”

2 bytes representing opacity value (ff = opaque, 00 = transparent)
3 couple of bytes defining RGB values in the order BLU-GREEN-RED.
Scale setting “<scale>1.0</scale>”
Example 1 – icon from Google maps server:
<Icon><href>http://maps.google.com/mapfiles/kml/pal4/icon47.png</href>
Tags Icon and href are mandatory.
Es 2 – Simple icon on you HD:
<Icon><href>c://icons/myicon.png</href>
Es 3 – icon + settings:
<Icon> <scale>0.8</scale> <color>ffffffff</color> <href>c://icons/my-icon.png</href>

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