File extension KML

File extension KML is one of the file extensions that define type of the file and its contents.

This is yet another type of file format not many have come across while using their PCS. So, what exactly is this file format and what does it do? The full form of KML is the Keyhole Markup Language. It is categorized as the &qout;Placemark&qout; files in the system. The premier program which uses the files types of this extension is Google Earth by Google. They are the GIS files which are used by Google Earth Placemark. The main contents of these files include the geographic modeling information which is saved in the XML format. Google Earth is the online program which provides for delivering the 3D view of the entire planet through a digital model via the web.

The File extension KML are generally used to include the information regarding the geographical annotations and visualizations like points, polygons, images, lines and other other symbols. They are used to identify and label the different locations of the world through the 3D digital view of the earth. These files also help in creating various useful camera angles and also allow the addition of the HTML content. The basic inception of the use of these files was done by the Keyhole Mapping Software which was created and developed by Keyhole, Inc. Later, the concept was taken over by Google in 2004. Thus, these files are now used by Google Earth for the Earth browsing programs.

What's the use of this file format?

Google Earth has a highly developed Earth Stream Technology which combines the 3D graphics and the internet network streaming to result into a high-performance earth browsing system which runs on the standard systems of the numerous users around the world. A file with the File extension KML can be easily opened with the Google Maps program by hosting the same on an online location. Then, the concerned URL should to be entered to the search box of the Google Maps. The simple text editors or the XML format can also be used to enter what is called the &qout;raw&qout; form of a .kml file. The images included in these files can be compressed using the ZIP format.

The various applications which use the File extension KML format files are Google Earth, NASA WorldWind, ESRI ArcGIS Explorer, Adobe Photoshop and AutoCAD. Some other softwares related to these files are Emu48 (Emulator Keyboard Configuration File), HP48 Emulator (Win48 Script) and Kedit Macro Library.

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