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One more small POI collection (see file description), this time for Malta. Each KMZ has images embedded, hence you will need Locus or later to use this.
Mallorca is more than just Palma and party. Though this collection does not contain that many POIs, it may give you an idea for some more interesting things to see there.

POIs have images embedded, hence you will need Locus or later to use this.
Implemented / Re: KMZ/KML POI improvements
July 31, 2011, 10:40:56
Sure -- but is that done on import, or when you display a given POI? In the first case, the problem should not have appeared. In the latter, when I import a KMZ containing 1.000 POIs, I'd have to click them each one on my own in order to get them cached -- the ones I miss won't be cached. And even when done on import: If one is offline at that time, there's no way to cache anything  :lol:
OK, will do.
Continuing: This tiny POI collection just covers a very small part of what's available on Crete Island (Kreta, Greece). Mainly what I found of interest when I was spending 10 days there. "Excavations" mainly means some Minoan stuff: Cities and palaces. Restaurants means -- well, places to eat and drink. And locations are locations, different ones. Possible interesting places to see...
Next collection: Israel. May not be 100% up-to-date for some POIs (feedback welcome), but that will probably only concern some restaurants. Rocks and Canyons don't tend to disappear that soon  :lol:

As usual, the POIs come with embedded images -- hence the requirement for Locus or later.
Implemented / Re: KMZ/KML POI improvements
July 30, 2011, 22:04:02
It should make no difference if you mix them (http and local), right? But as for your "weird": there is one case which would lead exactly to that behaviour: If estein was OFFLINE when trying the POIs (i.e. having no data connection), the http: images could not work (no network connection to retrieve them). And I guess that's what was meant.
Yepp. And the "+" at the end does not belong to the version number but simply means "or higher/later". Length of the subject is somehow limited  ;)

Besides: @menion: Shall I use some prefix for posts like this (e.g. [POI])? Is it OK for you to have it all in separate threads? My intention concerning separate threads was: If someone looks for POIs for a special region, they are easier to find this way. And my hope still is other users will add their POI lists for those regions to those threads  :P
Glad you like it! What I forgot to mention explicitely: This way one can manipulate POIs collected with Locus which where exported as KML, add images and descriptions, and make them available for others. Like the ones I posted in the "Tools & Share" area. So if there is interest, I could extend above "howto" with things like how to add descriptions and images if there are none in the KML (like those exported by Locus will probably have no images, I guess -- didn't try that yet).
Another collection, this time for Las Palmas. Some of the KMZ files also include "tracks" for routes I took on this vacation. All of them include some images, so you have something to look at even when offline in Gran Canaria...

As all my other collections, this is far from being complete. So you should add your GC collections here as well  :P
Of course you can use any KML/KMZ offline. But if it links some images (icons and pictures), those won't be available offline if they haven't been cached before -- i.e. if you watched them all before. With version of Locus, menion features to import KMZ files including images -- and those KMZ files I am refering to here. With a few steps, you can include the images with the KMZ, and import that file into Locus:

Remark first: In my example here I use the name "files" for the folder containing our images, as this is the name used by Google Earth KMZ export, and also used in Googles KMZ Tutorial. As it turned out later in this thread, it is a good idea to use a different name. Feel free to do so -- the folder name just must not end with .kmz, no other restrictions appear in either the tutorial or the reference (or I must have missed them).

  • Create an empty directory
  • If your original file is a KML, just copy it into this directory and name it doc.kml. If it is a KMZ, unpack it into this directory (it is a ZIP file).
  • If the directory does not contain a sub-directory named files, create it. Here we place all images
  • With your favorite editor, open the doc.kml and search for all the images. Download/copy them to the files directory
  • replace all links to those images you have in the files directory to point to files/<imagename>
  • ZIP the resulting directory and make sure the resulting file has the extension .kmz

That's all. But I will explain steps 4 and 5 a bit closer:

Step 4: Where to check for the images?
They are in two places: One is the icons in the styles, and the others are the <IMG> tags in the description. The former are enclosed with a <href> tag.

Step 5: Renaming examples
Icon-Example: <href></href>
This should read <href>files/hiker.png</href> afterwards.

Image-example: <img src="">
As currently there is no cleanup mechanism in Locus, it is a good idea to include the KMZ name in all those image names. So if your resulting KMZ will be greece.kmz, you should have stored this image as greece_foo.jpg in the files folder, and thus this image tag should now read <img src="files/greece_foo.jpg"> -- so if you later wonder what are all those images belong to, you have an easier guess on which ones you may remove.

So far, this is a general explanation. If you have complex descriptions in the KML file, you may need to reformat them as well. This won't be necessary for plain flowing text, but probably will be the case for multi-column tables. Those are fine with a large monitor, but will cause a lot of scrolling on a phone display...
Next verse, same as the first...  :lol: KMZ files for offline use with embedded images. Not a too large collection to be true. But I hope you enjoy them nevertheless!

If you got some KMZ files with POIs from Germany, feel free to add them here as well.
Again, only a few selected POIs from a short vacation in Vienna, Austria. Hope you like them. As my other KMZ files I uploaded, they can be used offline, as the images are embedded.

If you have some KMZs from Austria to share, feel free to add to this thread -- so if anybody plans a vacation, (s)he can just pick the related thread and get them all  :P
Task continued: As described for the attached file, it contains 4 *.kmz for Italy -- so you can import areas you visit and leave the others out... I create those usually from my vacations, so it's mostly places I've been and not all what's there...

POI descriptions have images embedded, so that's why it needs Locus or later.
Just converted the next part of my collection for the use with Locus. Everything should work completely offline (with 3 minor exceptions where some Panoramio sources were linked in), images (as far as I hold the copyright) and icons are included in the KMZ. I splitted my Thai-Collection into 5 files, so you can skip some from loading if they don't affect you  :D

Hope you like it -- feedback welcome (also if you find errors inside).