Sunday, March 10, 2013

Create PowerPoint Slides in Google Earth

Interested in Testing Shape2Earth Tools for PowerPoint?

Shape2Earth for PowerPoint let's anyone easily embed and control Google Earth in PowerPoint 2010.  You can add as many Google Earth Slides as you would like, and you can control where Google Earth zooms to on each slide, and on each movement of text animation.

See Google Earth in PowerPoint and Control Google Earth with PowerPoint Animation on how this works.

While Shape2Earth makes it easy to create Google Earth PowerPoint slides, a lot of people have grown accustomed to creating presentations in Google Earth itself.  The KML PowerPoint Import button lets you build your presentation in Google Earth using very simple KML structure that can be brought into PowerPoint for presentation.

Shape2Earth uses KML Folders to represent slides in PowerPoint.  The first step is to add a KML Folder that will represent the Presentation.  There are a couple of ways to add folders in Google Earth.  One method is represented below.  Right Click on the 'Temporary Places' in the Google Earth 'Places' view, and then select 'Add --> Folder.

This will open up a 'New Folder' dialog.  Enter a name for your presentation in the 'Name' text box.  The Google Earth view for each slide can be added by selecting the 'View' tab in the dialog, and clicking the 'Snapshot current view' button.

Select 'OK' so save your information and close the dialog.

Add your first actual slide by selecting the Presentation Folder you just added, and adding a Folder to it.  Each Folder that you add to your Presentation Folder will be a slide in your presentation. The text you add to the 'Name' text box in the New Folder dialog will be the title of your slide. The snapshot view of that Folder will be where Google Earth zooms to when that slide is loaded in PowerPoint.

If you forgot to add a Snapshot View when the Add Folder dialog was open (or need to change the view), you can either reopen the dialog by right clicking on the Folder and selecting 'Properties', or you can right click on the Folder and select 'Snapshot View' from the menu.

If you add any text to the 'Description' text box in the Folder properties dialog, your PowerPoint slide will present this data as text next to Google Earth.  If you do not add any text, PowerPoint will only show Google Earth in the slide.

In the example below, we have zoomed into the Washington Monument, added a Folder, Snapshot the View, and then copied data from a Google Search (returning data from Wikipedia) and pasted it into the 'Description' tab.

Once you are finished with your KML, you can save the KML from Google Earth on your hard drive, and then open PowerPoint, and select the design you would like for your slide.

In PowerPoint, select 'Import KML to Slides' from the 'Shape2Earth menu, and select the KML file you saved..

Shape2Earth will take this KML file and convert it to Google Earth slide templates, with each Folder being a slide.  It will also open Google Earth in the PowerPoint design view so you can make any edits you would like to the text an Google Earth views.

Running your presentation will show Google Earth in each Google Earth slide, and zoom to the location that you defined in KML.

If you added any text to the Description, that that will be shown next to Google Earth (see below).

Being able to create Google Earth slide shows using KML offers an enormous amount of power for presenting spatial data.  Besides creating KML in Google Earth, any person or system can write out this KML that can be brought into PowerPoint.  These presentations can be saved and sent out to anyone with PowerPoint 2010 and Shape2Earth.

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