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gremlin333

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Can you Add paths (from KML file) onto a map?
« on: January 27, 2016, 08:27:44 AM »
Hi, I have all my county's public footpaths as a KML file, I was wonder if there's a way to save a map image with the paths on it as part of the image?  Thanks in advance

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Re: Can you Add paths (from KML file) onto a map?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2016, 08:42:56 AM »
I do this as an image overlay loaded on my Montana 650 and Monterra then Enable them. They show up as a "picture" on top of the map

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Re: Can you Add paths (from KML file) onto a map?
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2016, 08:55:27 AM »
ok thanks I'll give that a go.  I probably should have said I know nothing - so I copy the KML file to my gps (etrex30) and select image overlay yes?

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Re: Can you Add paths (from KML file) onto a map?
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2016, 09:39:34 AM »
Garmin devices don't recognize .kml files so that will not work. You could try converting your file to .gpx tracks, but that might be problematic if it's a big file. I think you could do the conversion here, but I suggest you try it with a small file for starters. It would appear as a track when loaded on the gps.

http://www.gpsvisualizer.com

If it's a big file, there are a couple simple utilities that can turn it into a transparent overlay in Garmin's map format. I think this is what z_statman is suggesting. The result will be a Garmin .img file that can be enabled/disabled in the map setup menu on your eTrex. If you enable another map at the same time, the trails on the overlay will appear on top of it.

Have a look at these. I have not used either, I use more powerful/complex/expenive software myself. ;) The first one is free.

http://www.javawa.nl/imgfromgpx_en.html

http://www.gpx2img.com

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Re: Can you Add paths (from KML file) onto a map?
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2016, 12:44:13 PM »
Excellent thanks

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Re: Can you Add paths (from KML file) onto a map?
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2016, 01:06:14 PM »
Looking a little closer, those two programs work with .gpx files and not .kml, sorry. You would first need to convert the .kml file to a .gpx file using a site like the one I posted above, or a program like gpsbabel.

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Re: Can you Add paths (from KML file) onto a map?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2016, 04:15:58 AM »
GPSU (www.gpsu.co.uk) is good for converting KML to GPX - and lots of other formats, too. The free version is usually sufficient.

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Re: Can you Add paths (from KML file) onto a map?
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2016, 11:58:56 AM »
Save the overlay as a kmz file and place in the Custom Maps folder within Garmin on the GPXr then enable to be seen

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Re: Can you Add paths (from KML file) onto a map?
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2016, 12:33:13 PM »
.kml files are "containers" that can contain a variety of completely different things. Garmin "Custom Maps" can only contain one very specific thing - raster imagery in the form of non-progressive .jpg files no larger than 1024x1024 pixels each.

I doubt that is the kind of .kml file the OP has. Most likely his files contain vector data which is something completely different. They are more similar to .gpx files.

 

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