Here is a minimal KML file text that will import
an image into GE and position it automatically You simply double click on the kml name in your desktop
and GE opens and your image is imported and positioned.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<kml xmlns="http://www.opengis.net/kml/2.2" xmlns:gx="http://www.google.com/kml/ext/2.2" xmlns:kml="http://www.opengis.net/kml/2.2" xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom">
The xml field is your image file name
The north field is your images North Lat
The south field is your images South Lat
The east field is your images East Lon
The west field is your images West Lon
Kml files can be opened and edited in Wordpad. but only use "Save" if you use Save as the file will not open in GE as it must have the kml file extension
If you position waypoints in OpenCPN then export as a GPX file and open in wordpad the data is there for you to copy and paste.
You can use this method in any nav software
that will export waypoint positions as a GPX file or as a readable text file.
Once you have your overlay in GE you can save as a kmz file which bundles the image with the kml file and compresses it. This makes the overlay portable for you to share or move to another computer
Now all thats needed is an automatic way to copying and pasting from the GPX file to the kml file.
Paul come home we need. You GE2KAP still working well both in the release and beta versions I have given al ink to your download site to the SeaClear user group so you may get more testing and feedback Someone there has started a project
to create photo
maps of all East Coast
US Harbours Non commercial
For your information here is quote they got from Google
You can use Google Earth
imagery for personal use, but cannot sell it to
We're flattered to hear that you're further incorporating Google Earth
online world. You can personally use an image from the application (for example
on your website, on a blog or in a word document) as long as you preserve the
copyrights and attributions including the Google
logo attribution. However, you
cannot sell these to others, provide them as part of a service
, or use them in a
product such as a book or TV show without first getting a rights
clearance from Google.
If you require these commercial rights, please visit Google's permissions
guidelines. You can then submit your application through our online request
Please note that we'll only be able to respond to permission requests submitted
through the above form."