[Editor's note: Useful free tool for converting KML files to Shapefile for use in the GIS. Thanks Mary Kate!]
Republished from Zonum Solutions. Kml2shp file conversion
Need of transferring Google Earth Data to a GIS? Kml2shp transforms KML files into ESRI Shapefiles.
Download. Windows program. No Mac version.
The KML file could contain Points, Paths and Polygons. When creating SHP files the information is separated into thematic layers.
For each shapefile (shp), an attributes table (dbf) and index file (shx) are created.
The kml to shp conversion consists of three steps:
1) Open KML file
2) Choose Shape Type
3) Select output Shapefile name
Optionally, you can change from WGS84 to a local datum and from Lat/Lon to UTM.
Also, Kml2shp can export to AutoCAD (DXF) and GPS (GPX)
kml2Shp is a beta freeware tool. This program doesn’t need to be
installed, just unzip it and run it.
kml2shp.zip contains the executable file (kml2shp.exe) and some bpl files. If you receive a message error about missing bpl files, come back here and get them.