Hello and welcome back to Map Mavin Methods, our ongoing tutorial and troublehooting series that details the many exciting features and capabilities of our newly released GIS cloud service. In this month’s episode we’re happy to reveal a new file format support – KMZ’s! While we already had given users the ability to upload and download Google Earth KML files, we realize that many users use the zipped versions of KMLs, called KMZs, and moved quickly to add this capacity to our system. The best part? Our latest release includes support for multi-part KMLs and KMZs, meaning many features can be uploaded at once and automatically organized into a project folder.
In this lesson I’ll take you through the uploading process using one of these multi-part files and show you how to best take advantage of this new KMZ support in our GIS service. So let’s get started! Note: if you’ve already read our August 2016 post, “Uploading Files to Map Mavin” then you’ve already encountered most of this information already.
First login to Map Mavin as an admin or sub-admin. For uploading files, select the “My Data Layers & Folders” tab.
Opening this tab will bring you to a screen with several options, including a list of data layers that have already been uploaded (“My Data Layers”) and general information about a given layer (“Details”). To upload a new layer, simply click on the “Upload Layer” button in the top left of the white window. KMLs and KMZs will work just the same as our other formats, with the notable exception that KMLs and KMZs cannot be stylized as uploaded shapefiles can.
Choose a name for the new spatial layer you wish to create and then select the file you would like to upload by clicking the “Browse” button.
After selecting the file, Map Mavin will automatically load its contents onto the platform. Once staged for upload, a brief summary of the components within the zipped file will appear below, with green check marks indicating that each part can be successfully imported. Now click the “Upload” button.
Once the desired file has been uploaded, return to the left side of the screen and select “My Data Layers”. You will now see the uploaded data displayed in the “My Data Layers and Folders” list. From here you can choose to use this layer in one of your web maps, or simply store the file for future use. And great news! With multipart KML/KMZs, Map Mavin automatically organizes them into folders. Click the folder to see the individual parts (points/lines/polygons) drop down. From here you can choose to use some or all of the layers by dragging and dropping them into your next web map project.
And there you have it! Just like with all of our supported formats, uploading KML/KMZs, whether it’s a single point or hundreds of building footprints, takes only minutes!
If you have more questions about uploading KML/KMZs, other formats that Map Mavin supports or general inquiries, please reach out to: