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TourMaker uses tracks saved in a GPX
format file to create Google Earth tours saved in a KML
(Keyhole Markup Language)
format file. It is a Java Swing application,
and requires the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 5.0 or later to run.
TourMaker is released under the GNU General Public License.
To install TourMaker, download the TourMaker.jar file
and save it in a suitable location on your computer. If you don't
have the JRE 5.0 or later installed, you will
need to install that as well.
Double-click on the TourMaker.jar icon to launch the application and
bring up the main application window. The three steps you will go
through are laid out on this window.
Step 1: Open .gpx file
Start by clicking "Open" to open a previously saved .gpx file.
The file selection dialog will appear. Browse to the .gpx file you want to open, and open it.
The main window confirms that the .gpx
file has been opened and read:
Step 2: Edit tour properties
For the next step, click "Edit" to bring up the
Tour Properties window.
This window shows, for
each track found in the .gpx file, information about that track and
values of parameters that will be used to convert that track into a KML
format tour. It is recommended that you start with the default
values, and then try changing them if necessary to get satisfactory
The tour conversion process works best
if the GPX data includes time stamps for each track point. If it
does not, the tab for the track will indicate that timestamps are not available,
and will provide two alternative options for computing timing information in the
tour, as shown in this example:
If the GPX track points were recorded at
fixed time intervals, select the "Use constant time steps" option and
specify the interval. If not, select "Use constant speed" and
specify the speed to use in the tour.
In any case, click "OK" if you want to use the tour properties currently shown,
"Cancel" to revert to the previous values.
Step 3: Save .kml file
Next, click "Save" to save the tours (and track lines and shadows, if you have chosen to include them) in KML format.
Another file selection dialog will appear. Specify the location and name of the .kml file you want to save, and save it.
The main window then confirms that the .kml file has been saved.
To exit the TourMaker application, click the 'X' on its menu bar.
Taking a tour in Google Earth
Now you can open the saved .kml file in Google Earth. The document will appear initially under "Temporary Places".
Double-click on a [tour] you want to take. The speed of
the tour can then be adjusted with the Google Earth tour player
control panel. Other parameters can be adjusted by trying different values for
tour properties in TourMaker.
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