This User Guide describes Shape2Earth Version 1.49 and higher for MapWindow GIS Version
Welcome to Shape2Earth for MapWindow GIS! Shape2Earth is the easiest
and cheapest way to convert GIS data into Keyhole Markup Language (KML) for
viewing in Google Earth!
What Can I Do With Shape2Earth?
Shape2Earth for MapWindow GIS provides the following functionality:
Convert Shapefiles to KML -
Organize and prepare your shapefile for presentation in MapWindow GIS, and then
export the data into Keyhole Markup Language (KML) for distributing and viewing
in Google Earth and Google Maps.
Apply Thematic Symbology to Your Data - Use MapWindow GIS
to thematically map your data using a 'Single Symbol', 'Unique Values', 'Equal
Breaks', or a 'Continuous Ramp'.
Create Quick Google Earth Overlays - Convert your carographic
map in MapWindow GIS into a image overlay for viewing in Google Earth.
Georeferenced Image Capture - Capture an image from Google
Earth to view in MapWindow or another GIS.
Shape2Earth for MapWindow uses the following free software.
Download and install Google Earth
Download and install MapWindow GIS
(must be the 32 bit version of MapWindow)
Download and install Shape2Earth for MapWindow GIS
(if using 64 bit windows, change the install directory to C:\Program Files (x86)\MapWindow\Plugins)
Open MapWindow GIS, and activate the Shape2Earth menu by selecting Shape2Earth in the MapWindow Plug-ins menu
MapWindow GIS is an extremely flexible, easy to us, free and open source, desktop GIS system.
MapWindow Home Page:
Learn more about using MapWindow to solve geospatial proplems.
View the MapWindow Users Forum.
Look through and download additional MapWindow Pugins to extend the MapWindow framework.
Google Earth resources include:
These provide hands-on lessons using Google Earth.
FAQs: View a list of answers to frequently asked questions
(FAQs) about Google Earth.
Google Earth Help Center: Use the Help
Center at any time to find additional information.
Google Earth Help
Groups: Join Google Earth users as they share questions and information with one
Google Earth Community: Learn from other Google
Earth users by asking questions and sharing answers on the Google Earth Community
Lat Lon Blog:
This blog describes how you can use some of the interesting features of Google Earth.