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Opening a KML from Email

Tudor -

As of Map Pilot version 2.0.0 it is possible to open KML files that are sent to the mobile device. KML files are a great way to define flight area boundaries in Google Earth where the basemap coverage is often way more up to date than it is with Map Pilot's standard Apple Maps basemap.

The following steps should be used for loading and viewing the received KML files:

NOTE: Do the following steps with the Map Pilot application already open.

Tap on the file icon in the email

 

 

Tap on the open file button in the top right of the text file view of the KML file

 

Select "Copy to Map Pilot" to open the file with

 

Enjoy fully featured KML files to use as your guide in Map Pilot.

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    Gtguillotine

    Hi - I followed these instructions but I am not able to see the kml file overlaid in the mission view. I do see it however in the log file manager and can load it from there... just that polygon doesn't get overlaid onto the map. I also see what is probably an expected message "To keep this KML from showing, delete the file....." I'm running the latest version of Map Pilot on an iPad mini 4.

    Thanks,
    Rob

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    Gtguillotine
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    TwoRivers

    I am trying to follow these instructions but I am not getting the same options you are showing. I am trying to open the attachment using the Outlook 365 app on an iPad.

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    Zane

    Dave: Are you sending the KML to a computer to read it or sending one to the app so you can use it as a guide for layout? These steps describe receiving a KML in the iOS Mail app and opening it in Map Pilot.

    Not all KML features are supported. Try to stick to lines, polygons and point markers.

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    TwoRivers

    Zane - I tried using on my iPad using my gmail account and got similar looking options. But I don't get a "Copy to Map Pilot" option. I get "Copy to Google Earth" and several other programs but Map Pilot is not there. Do you know if there is a setting I need to change?

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    TwoRivers

    I should clarify that with gmail I got similar options to your example.

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    Zane

    You might have to scroll to the right some. That bar of apps that can open that type of data doesn't do a great job of showing that there are more options.

    Make sure you are on the latest version which is 2.1.6.

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    TwoRivers

    I am running 2.1.6 build 09052016

    I did scroll all way to the right past all the icons to where it says "More"

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    Zane

    Interesting... It is a KML, not a KMZ correct? Only KML is supported. You can email the file to mapping@dronemadeeasy.com if you would like us to test it for you.

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    TwoRivers

    Ahhh - tripped up by one little letter. It is a KMZ - didn't think about it. It was an export from GIS mapping software and that may have been the only format. I will see if it exports as KML or if it can be converted.

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    TwoRivers

    Zane - thank you. The KML works!

    Now on to researching and trying the Terrain Awareness function!

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    Alexandre Albuquerque

    I have done the steps. I can open Kml in MapPilot. But can not use this kml that define flight area boundaries with this KML.
    Sometimes I will need use Mappilot without internet signal. I can not define boundaries.
    Could you help me?
    Thanks

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    Steve Mann

    I have the same issue as a lot of other users it seems. I am provided with a kml file (done in Google Earth) of a simple polygon area that needs to be flown. I cannot get the application to show the kml boundary for me to put in a flight path. The manual process is having to look in google earth where the area is, zoom into the area on the iOs app and then try recreate the polygon. This is fine for 1 or 2 sites but gets laborious when there are 50 to do and each time, the application jumps back to the present GPS position and I have to go through the whole procedure each time to save offline maps and planned flights - surely there is an easier way. A straight kml from Google Earth, sent via email or cable would be very useful.

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    Zane

    Steve: That is what it should be doing. There is sometimes some weirdness in opening the files based on what state the app is in in the background when opening it from email but if Map Pilot is fully closed when you click on the file in the email it should be fine.

    The KML that you open via email should be shown in the Log File Manager list of files that can be opened. If you tap on it in that list it should come right up in the normal Map Pilot layout screen.

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