Export Map Layers with KML Builder

Using the KML builder to export KMLs and save templates

In this article you will learn how to:

  1. Build your own customized KML with the KML builder

  2. Export customized KML with Transect styling 
  3. Create and save a KML template
  4. View stylized KML in google earth


To build your own customized KML with the KML Builder: 

  1. Open the Transect Report with the data you want to export, and navigate to Sharing & Export in the left side menu bar.
  2. View and select specific items under the drop-down tab.
  3. Drag and drop your layers into the KML Builder
  4. Name your KML to keep organized.

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Export customized KML as single stylized and labeled KML:

  1. After you have customized the layers you would like to select to generate KML
  2. Open the notification email, and follow the prompts to save your report as a KML to your computer.
  3. Alternatively, you can refresh the browser after a few minutes
  4. Download your customized from the exported KMLs section

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    Create and save a KML template:

    1. After customizing KML to your specifications select save as template
    2. Name your template and select continue
    3. To select from saved templates click on use templates and select template

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    View stylized KML in Google Earth

    Google Earth is the best application for viewing the KML data downloaded from Transect.  For ArcMap or AutoCAD users, you can use internal tools within those applications to convert the KML data into a shapefile (.shp) or .dwg file, respectively.  However, while the point, polyline, and polygon data will typically convert without issue, we are aware that not all of the data attributes will transfer with the conversion. 

    This issue is not unique to Transect KMLs and is a common problem when converting a KML file type to other geospatial file types. We are not aware of a fix at this time, though we propose to allow users to export the data from Transect as a GeoJSON file, which may keep attributes in tact. While we search for a fix, please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions for addressing this particular issue.

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