This should apply to any skin that support comments and/or header.inc & footer.inc files, as these handle embedded HTML fairly well
Google Maps is a free Google service offering powerful, user-friendly mapping technology, and accessed via a web browser.
Create a Google Maps link
Browse to Google Maps (ie [url=http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&tab=wl&q=
]Google Maps UK[/url])
Search for location, set the zoom and mode settings as required
Click "Link to this Page"
Copy address from Address Bar
k&z=18&om=1]Google Maps Address[/url]
(Click to see its long form)
Use in comments etc
An album that explores these options can be seen at [url=http://mworthington.co.uk/jalbum/JAlbum%20Investigations/Chameleon%20&%20Geocoded%20Images/index.html
]A Chameleon Album to Explore Geocoded Images[/url]
at the end of the URL, Google Maps automatically creates a kml file which is downloaded and opened by Google Earth (if associated to kml files).
Photo albums which integrate such a link would do the same thing when an user clicks on it: first connect to Google Maps to build a kml on the fly which is then downloaded by the browser and transfered to Google Earth.
It would be a bit faster when the kml is hosted directly within the photo album, so Google Maps wouldn't need to interact.
Hi Andre, really appreciate your quick response. Sorry I wasn't able to respond last week.
I've read through your post, but I have a question/problem though. The way I am incorporating the Google Map that used to get converted into a KMZ file by that addition to the hyperlink string, is using the hyperlink on interactive documents that get posted on an App.
Because the map was drawn out in Google and already accessible, there was no need to host files for it's access.
I do have access to Google Earth Pro, and I could generate the raw KMZ files if absolutely required - but the problem could/would be that I would then need to host them somewhere - no? And that may not work for our purposes.
Well Adriana, on this Google page is stated:
From February 2015, maps created in the classic Google Maps —https://maps.google.com/— will no longer load KML/KMZ files from external websites, so I have to change the way I make maps from kml or kmz files.
It should now be done with the Map Engine in the following way:
Click the Import link in the upper left corner and drag the kml file with way-points into the window.
If you like to add a track, click the 'Add Layer' button and drag the kml file with the track into the window.
Next click the green Share button in the upper right corner and enter the Map title and description.
Click he Save button and the 'Change...' link in the next window.
Select option 'Public on the web' in the next window and click the buttons Save and Done.
In the address field of the browser you see now the link to the created map. If you use the Slide Show 4 skin, you can copy that URL to the URL field behind 'Open Route in Google Maps;'.
If you like to embed the map in a web-page or, click the folder icon in the upper left corner and select 'Embed on my site'. Click with the right button in the selected text and select Copy, to copy the code to the clip-board.
Add this frame to the code of your web-page.
With this method it is not required to upload the kml file. However the kml file should not contain to many items, unless you pay for a license. As an example, I could not make this map with the Map Engine.