Clean Up KML exports

Original output, with all default entries.  This is fine for quick initial visualizations.  Since you are likely to create a number of maps before you finalize your output, it may not pay to perfect the map until you are sure you have what you want. Output after light edits in Google earth.  You can right click, and edit any of the values.  You can also drag elements to other locations, and add/subtract folders.  Note the changes:
  • MICRODEM_Map replaced with more descriptive terms.
  • Database and DB Map leading  text removed.
  • Dates changed to the month, since this was a monthly animation.
  • INTRO moved up a level, since it was the only entry in that database. The GE table of contents supports drag and drop of items.

A number of these changes could have been done in MICRODEM by setting values for the deliberate export instead of accepting the defaults from the quick export.  If you know you want to save the output, this can be a good idea, but usually the process will be iterative, so it might make sense to see what major changes need to be made before getting down to the minor details, and then just do the edits in Google Earth.

You can save output in Google Earth at multiple levels.  When you save, any subfolders will be included.  In the example above, you could save all of "Temporary Places", or get the same effect by saving just "Oklahoma Tornadoes 1950-1990".  You could save just "Animation by Month" and get 10 maps, or save each individual map.  If you save at a high level, you will have a single file with all the data, but it might be very large; you can turn layers on and off in Google Earth with the check boxes.  Saving individual layers provides many small files, but the user can pick which ones to open, as Google Earth can choke fairly fast with very large data sets.  Recommended size limits are a moving target, as computers and Google Earth both improve.

If you want to remove the labels in Google Earth:


Last revision 4/19/2017