So, what is a KML file?
A file with the extension .KML is known as a Keyhole Markup Language File.
KML files use XML to express geographic annotation and visualization by storing locations, image overlays, video links and modeling information like lines, shapes, 3D images and points.
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For the purpose of this tutorial we will be using a KML of Stonehenge created in Google Earth where we have drawn a box around the area we wish to plan our mission around. This will relate to our planning later in the tutorial.
We have also produced a video on how to Import KML Files in both Hammer Hub and hammer App:
Importing KML files in the Hammer Hub
You may have been sent or created your own KML file. This would have either been downloaded or stored on your computer, make sure you know where the file has been stored so that you can access it when required.
Open the Hammer Hub and create a New File
Here we have created a new file named 'Stonehenge'
Open the newly created file and select 'Add task' in the top right hand corner, highlighted here in red.
Once you have selected 'New task' you will be presented with the available missions list, below the list you will see the option 'IMPORT KML'
Select the 'Import KML' hyperlink. This will open your file management system on your PC or mac, from here you can locate your saved KML file. In this example we have the file 'Stonehenge.kml'
Select the stored KML and open the file. Once you have opened the KML file you will be presented with the available module options.
Select the appropriate module for your mission, in this example we will be using mapping.
You will see from the above example that this has opened the file 'Stonehenge.kml' and placed the mapping markers on the map already. From here you can make the relevant adjustments as you would when planning a mission from the offset.
Importing KML files in the Hammer App
Open the 'Hammer App' and select the spanner icon in the bottom right hand corner to open settings, highlighted here in red.
Once the settings option has been opened scroll to the bottom and select 'Import' under the section 'IMPORT / EXPORT - Import KML / .mission file'KML File Import
When you have selected 'Import' you will be presented with an option to browse, as shown below.
Select the stored KML file, the example we will be using is 'Stonehenge'
Once you have opened the KML File you will be given your module options to use with the KML
Select the correct module for your mission. In this example we will be using the 'Mapping' module.
This will load the KML file with the mapping mission already loaded, from here you can make the relevant adjustments that suit your mission.
In this guide, we looked at how to Import KML files in the Hammer Hub and Hammer App.
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