ArcGIS Earth

ArcGIS Earth 1.10 adds KML editing

ArcGIS Earth is an interactive 3D experience to plan, visualize, and evaluate events on the globe. It’s a free and easy-to-use tool that provides situational awareness on desktop and mobile devices for improved decision-making. For many years, Keyhole Markup Language (KML) has been the go-to file type for displaying and working with information in simple geographic context. This is especially true in government agencies where legacy systems still generate these XML-based formats. In the past, ArcGIS Earth users had some limited capability working with KML. However, this new release gives users the power and flexibility to manipulate KML in its entirety, work disconnected with multiple types of content in a single file, add military symbology, and more.

Use onscreen XYZ tools to make this 2D building footprint into a 3D building

File-based workflows and legacy data support: Users will find a significant increase in support for the legacy KML file type, including editing its feature geometry, network links, graphic styles, file structure, and error handling, as well as saving as a new KMZ file.
Some of editings capability includes:

In addition, users can add, edit, and save the following KML features directly in ArcGIS Earth:

Easily add and adjust ground overlays, like this image of a parking lot

Error message handling is also improving and includes the ability to:

Find and correct errors in previously created KMLs

ArcGIS Earth is more than just a replacement story; it focuses on addressing many of the key concerns that our users have.  ArcGIS Earth is a free, lightweight and an easy-to-use interface that complements the capabilities found in ArcGIS. ArcGIS Earth is an immersive 3D globe experience that:

Over the last few years, ArcGIS Earth has been steadily adding capabilities to bridge the gap between file-based workflows such as KML and the web GIS pattern. This allows users to continue legacy workflows while adopting new ones for the future. Your feedback continues to improve ArcGIS Earth, adding new capabilities for you to continue operations. Download ArcGIS Earth and try it today!

About the authors

Darron Pustam is a Principal Product Manager at Esri and has valuable knowledge and expertise in applying GIS. Darron brings years of multi-industry user experience from the Defense, Disaster and Risk Management, Transportation, and Oil and Gas sectors. Darron’s passion lies in helping organizations extend ArcGIS as a system for operational intelligence with geographic information.


David received a BA in Geography from The University of Texas at Dallas, an MS in Geographical Information Systems from The University of Texas at Dallas, and his PhD in Earth Systems and Geoinformation Science from George Mason University.


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