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Converting .ptm to either .kml .kmz .GeoRss .Gpx

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    Question Converting .ptm to either .kml .kmz .GeoRss .Gpx

    How can i convert a .ptm file to any of the files listed above.. the option in mappoint to export the map to live dosnt seem to be working .. should i just convert the file so that windows live recognize it .. uploading my own poi's?? or is there a way to make the mappoint work with the live??

    thanks gang

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    Re: Converting .ptm to either .kml .kmz .GeoRss .Gpx

    We are currently working on a KML import/export tool for MapPoint, and may be able to help.

    What features do you have in your PTM?

    Note that some MapPoint functionality is difficult or impossible to support in KML.
    Eg. territories, business data (eg. demographics), etc would be impossible to export unless boundary information is available.


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    Re: Converting .ptm to either .kml .kmz .GeoRss .Gpx

    The beta version of MPSuperShape now adds the following abilities:

    - Import / Export KML
    - Export a web page using Virtual Earth
    - Export a web page using Google Maps
    - Export pushpins
    - Export all shapes (not just those that are selected)

    MPSuperShape requires .NET v2 (or better) and MapPoint 2006.

    Let me know if you are interested in testing it. It will be released in a few weeks.


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    Re: Converting .ptm to either .kml .kmz .GeoRss .Gpx

    Is this available now? I'd like to export simple pushpin maps in KML so that I can turn around and import them in Google MyMaps. I need to be able to share maps over the web to volunteers that are not so technical.

    Thanks!
    Tony in Dallas (hence the gun-slinging)

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    Re: Converting .ptm to either .kml .kmz .GeoRss .Gpx

    Yes it is available:

    MPSuperShape: Home Page

    Export options include KML, and HTML that uses Virtual Earth or Google Maps.

    Only pushpins and certain kinds of shapes can be exported (text boxes and other datasets cannot - this is due to differences in data models).


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    Re: Converting .ptm to either .kml .kmz .GeoRss .Gpx

    Excellent.

    Any idea how it will play with the new 2009 version expected in late July? If I purchase the MPSuperShape now, will any upgrade to work with 2009 be free since the purchase date is so close together?

    Thanks,
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    Re: Converting .ptm to either .kml .kmz .GeoRss .Gpx

    Follow up:

    The local county elections department offers an ArcView Shapefile of all 600+ precincts. Is this something MPSuperShape will be able to import into MP 2006 or 2009 so that I can have these precincts as custom territories and I can shade them based on their political party leanings?

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    Re: Converting .ptm to either .kml .kmz .GeoRss .Gpx

    MPSuperShape may not, as it stands, work with MapPoint 2009 but support will be added. I'm not sure how I'll do this at the moment (I haven't seen a beta yet either!) - two versions is a possibility and with a free upgrade.

    Yes it should load shapefiles. You may find that MapPoint slows considerably with so many shapes - and so MPSuperShape operations may also slow in response.

    Also, ESRI shape files do not have a precise one-to-one mapping with MapPoint shapes - eg. MapPoint does not support complex shapes. Therefore the best I can suggest is try it. I can fix bugs, some potential import problems may be impossible to fix due to the different shape models.

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    Re: Converting .ptm to either .kml .kmz .GeoRss .Gpx

    If you are looking to convert KML to GPX or GPX to KML you could try Kml2gpx.com: convert kml to gpx online. It's free, simple and fast. I used it, it's very easy to use and it's free.

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