CM Maps Route Manager (CMMRM) - Importing and Finding KML/KMZ/GPX Files
What is a KML/KMZ/GPX File
KML, KMZ and GPX are the file formats used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Maps for mobile. KML/KMZ/GPX files are tag based.
CM Route Manager calculates the ground distance of imported routes by using coordinates from the files and also Google Maps information. This ensures more precision in the process.
Notice: imported routes are in "Direct" travel mode by default.
Importing a KML/KMZ/GPX File into Route Manager
There are two ways to import map files into the Route Manager Plugin.
1) Through the " Add Route" page
To Import a KML KMZ or GPX file into Route manager first navigate to the Routes page and select "Add Route" at the top.
First, input the route name, description, status, category etc.
Then, scrolling down just above the map, the option to Import " KML, KMZ or GPX file..." can be found.
2) Through the Import/Export tab
The Imported will have " Draft" status so won't be visible automatically on the index page.
Original KML/GPX file will be available to download using the export features across the plugin: in wp-admin → Routes and on the Route front-end page.
Finding KML/KMZ/GPX Files
From Google Maps
You can generate generate KML or KMZ files from your Google Maps account by following these steps:
- Sign in to your My Maps account.
- Open or create a map.
- In the left panel, click the More Menu (with the three dots) and then choose the option "Export to KML/KMZ".
- Follow the instructions to download the file.
For more information, consult Google Maps' documentation.
There are many apps (check out http://appcrawlr.com/ios-apps/best-apps-kml-file) that can create a KML/KMZ/GPX file or external sites that export routes data into a KML/KMZ/GPX format.
One recommended app is MotionX GPS http://gps.motionx.com/ which can be used to record tracks.
Converting Between KML/GPX Formats
If your GPS does not create a KML/GPX file, you can easily convert it to KML/GPX using one of the following online tools: