What is a KMZ file?
What is a KMZ file?
A KMZ file is a placemark file used in Google Earth and
Google Earth Pro. Since KMZ files contain latitude and longitude coordinates,
as well as 3D model data, they can be used in GIS environments to digitally
represent real locations of the Earth.
Why we need one from you?
KMZ files are great for defining a specific area of
interest. We use them here at Harris Geospatial to research imagery options, as
well as to generate quotes for our custom mapping services. As most of the data
we sell is priced per square kilometer, having an exact area of interest from
the customer is crucial to getting an accurate quote. The KMZ file helps to
ensure we are not charging you for coverage of an area that you don’t need, or
omitting an area that you do need. Since these files are generated in Google
Earth, users can easily map out the area with place names, streets, and imagery
available as reference points.
How to create a KMZ file in Google Earth?
to your location within Google Earth.
located, select the “Add polygon” button (third from left) on the toolbar at
the top of the map.
will be a dialog box that opens up. Here, you can name the polygon you are
about to create. Before continuing, make sure to the polygon being created is
either “Outlined” of “Filled + Outlined”. You can do this by selecting the
“Style, Color” tab, then clicking the drop down menu in the “Area” section. Do
NOT click OK before drawing your polygon.
drawing your boundary with the left mouse button. Keep the dialog box
open that pops up until you are finished with the polygon.
click to place each point of the polygon. Vertices can be moved and
deleted as required by moving cursor over vertex.
and adjust the styles and color as required in the dialog box.
“OK” in the dialog box to finish edit session.
will place the new polygon on the left side under “Places”.
your polygon in the list, right click the name, and choose "Save Place
As…" and save the KMZ file to your computer.
I have my KMZ file. Now what?
Send it to us! Let us know what type of geospatial products
or services you’d like, and we will send over pricing and product information
as soon as possible. You can submit this via email by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.