Friday, June 09, 2006

Using Google Earth With Your GPS Device

GPS (Global Position System) device, you can connect it to your computer and import your waypoint and track data into Google Earth.

You will need either a serial or USB cable to connect the device to your computer. Typically, your device is sold with one type of cable. If your GPS device did not come with a cable, you can visit the manufacturer's web site to purchase the correct one for your model.

When your GPS data is imported into Google Earth, it is categorized into three possible folders, depending upon the type of point. These folders are*:

  1. Trackpoints
    Trackpoints are the points automatically recorded by the GPS device periodically along the recorded route. They can be imported into the Google Earth application as paths.
  2. Waypoints
    Waypoints are points entered manually by the user and typically marked with a name, such as "home" or "turnaround point."
  3. Routes
    Route points are those points that the GPS device uses to creating the routing, such as when you instruct the device to "go to" a recorded point from another recorded point. Route points can contain multiple connected "go to" instructions. They can be imported into the Google Earth application as paths.

To convert your GPS files into KML, you can use the form available here.

* via [keyhole]

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