- ArcGlobe is a stand-alone desktop viewer that is part of
the 3D Analyst extension which can open and display
Google Earth KML and KMZ files
(KMZ files are zipped KML files).
- The display is similar to Google Earth.
- While it can open KML files, it does not support all
KML 2.0 specifications, and it can only open the files as
- Some KML files will not open in ArcGlobe,
possibly because of an unsupported feature.
- See the
document from the ArcGIS Desktop Help.
- The KML functionality in ArcGlobe is a recent addition,
so KML files often will not appear as they do in Google Earth.
- Also, the user must use the "Identify" tool in ArcGlobe,
while in Google Earth they simply click on a point to get
an information balloon.
- KML data is displayed as a single layer and you cannot
change their symbology.
- To display KML data in ArcGlobe,
you first must add the KML toolbar.
- Add the toolbar by going to "View > Toolbars" and
- This will add the dockable KML toolbar.
- There are three buttons on the toolbar:
"Add KML Data", "Add KML Network Link" and
"Show/Hide KML Contents".
- To add a KML file, use the "Add KML Data" button like
you would use the "Add Data" button in ArcMap.
- Click the button, navigate to the file,
select the file and click "Open."
- The KML data is added to the display and appears in
the table of contents.
- To display the information that appears in Google Earth's
Places Panel, click the "Show/Hide KML Contents" button.
- You can click the plus signs to display information
about each node.
- To add KML network link data, click the
"Add KML Network Link" button
and enter the URL and trailing parameters to the KML Server
information box, then click "OK."