This User Guide describes Shape2Earth Version 1.49 and higher for MapWindow GIS Version 4.7.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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'. 
  3. Create Quick Google Earth Overlays - Convert your carographic map in MapWindow GIS into a image overlay for viewing in Google Earth. 
  4. Georeferenced Image Capture - Capture an image from Google Earth to view in MapWindow or another GIS.

Installing Shape2Earth

Shape2Earth for MapWindow uses the following free software.

  1. Download and install Google Earth
  2. Download and install MapWindow GIS (must be the 32 bit version of MapWindow)
  3. Download and install Shape2Earth for MapWindow GIS (if using 64 bit windows, change the install directory to C:\Program Files (x86)\MapWindow\Plugins)
  4. Open MapWindow GIS, and activate the Shape2Earth menu by selecting Shape2Earth in the MapWindow Plug-ins menu

Additional Support

MapWindow GIS is an extremely flexible, easy to us, free and open source, desktop GIS system.

Shape2Earth resources.

Google Earth resources include:

Updated on August 3, 2011