necessary if you have overlapping areas that do not display in the correct order without this option checked. If
point features are drawn above the terrain, the Extrude Points option allows you to control whether or not a
thin line is drawn from the terrain surface at the location of the point to the floating symbol above the terrain
surface. Enabling this option makes it easier to locate exactly where a point lies relative to the surface.
The Filled Area Translucency section allows the user to control the degree to which filled polygons are
see-through in the created file.
The Feature Descriptions section allows you to setup what is contained in the description for each feature in
the generated file. You can choose to include only the feature description and links to any files associated with
a feature, you can choose to add attributes to this, or you can choose to provide your own HTML text to use
for the feature description. If you use the HTML text option, you can embed the values of attributes from the
feature in the text by enclosing the attribute name in percent signs, like %ATTR_NAME%. In addition to the
name of attributes, you can also specify <Feature Name>, <Feature Desc>, <Feature Type>, <Longitude>, or
<Latitude> as the attribute name to get the feature display label, description, type name, point longitude, or
point latitude embedded in the result. If you need to embed an actual percent sign in your result, simply use
two percent signs consecutively as an escape sequence.
The following additional options are also available:
Character Encoding - this option controls the character encoding value encoded in the header of the
KML file. You will typically just keep the default of iso-8859-1, but if your loaded data includes text
encoded with a different character set, like UTF-8, you can select that or even type in your own
encoding if something else fits your data best.
Create Compressed KMZ File - if this option is checked, a compressed KMZ file will automatically
be created. This will result in much smaller files and is highly recommended unless you plan on
manually editing the export result yourself in a text editor.
Hide Point Features by Default When Loading File - if this option is checked, all of the point features
exported to the file will be hidden by default in Google Earth so as not to clutter up the display with a
bunch of point icons.
Use Displayed Point Symbols Rather than Push-Pins for Points - if this option is checked, each point
feature will be rendered with the same symbol displayed in Global Mapper rather than using the
default push-pin symbol from Google Earth. This will result in a separate PNG file for each symbol
used in the output file being included with the output data to provide the symbols.
Display Area and Line Labels - if this option is checked, each exported line or area feature with a
display label will also be marked with a clickable placemark displaying the label for that area or line
feature. This is the only way to get line or area features to display labels in Google Earth.
Highlight Areas in Google Earth when the Cursor Goes Over Them - if this option is checked, area
features will highlight when you move your cursor over them in Google Earth. In addition, if you
checked the option to display area and line labels, the area label will be hidden until you mouse over
the area, at which time the label will popup.
Generate Index KML File - if this option is checked, an additional index KML file will be generated
which indexes all tiles exported by the export command. This is very useful for dealing with very
large data sets as it will automatically load and unload individual KML tiles as needed for display in
Google Earth, much as a map catalog does in Global Mapper. With this option you can load massive
data sets into Google Earth and they will still display quickly. The drawing style of the index tiles is
controlled by the selected drawing style for the Coverage/Quad area type on the Area Styles tab of the
For advanced users, you can also customize what is displayed in the balloon text that appears in Google Earth
when you click on a point. You are able to customize the <Balloon Style> tag to use text with the string value
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