The region you want to import might be available as a preset in Scribble Maps. Visit this link to learn how to: Produce a preset polygon of a region (country, state, city, etc.)For a general instruction explaining how to import a KML file, visit this link:
Import a KML file - "Menu > Import KML"To import a KML file, you must be logged-in to a Pro account. To learn how to upgrade, visit this link: How to upgrade to a Pro account
Description of a KML file
KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language, a file format for displaying geographic data in online maps (2D) and Earth browsers (3D).
A KML file contains annotated geographic data in XML format. Examples of the data include: polygons, lines, captions, icons, and image overlays (via URLs).
To learn more about KML files, visit this external link: KML Documentation Introduction
Download the KML file from a web page
- Perform a web search for a KML file including polygon(s) representing a defined area.
For example, you could perform a Google search for "site:data.gov New York community districts KML". Then you could find this web page in the search results:
- Download the file.
- You will see the downloaded file in your browser. The file's default location will usually be your computer’s "Downloads" folder. The file’s:
- Type will be: "KML".
- Name will end with: ".kml".
- (Optional) You can quickly view the XML data if you open the file by using text editor software. For example:
- Notepad on Windows systems.
- TextEdit on Mac systems.
Upload the KML file from your computer into Scribble Maps
- Login to your Scribble Maps account at:
https://www.scribblemaps.com/create(Optional) To learn how to login, visit this link:
How to login / register
- Click the "MENU" button in the top toolbar.
- Under the "Share, Other" heading, click the button: "Import KML".
- Under the "KML File" heading, click the button: "UPLOAD FILE".
The "Open" window will appear.
- In your computer, find the KML file. Click to select the file. Then click the "Open" button.
A pop-up will appear displaying the message: "KML Imported".
- Click the "Ok" button.
View and save the polygons
- (Optional) In the Map View, you may need to move and zoom the map to see the imported data.
To move the map:
To zoom-in/out, there are 2 options:Option 1In the top-right corner of the Map View, click the:
- Select the Hand Tool in the top toolbar.
- In the center of the Map View, you will see the crosshair reticle.
- In the Map View, click-and-drag the map so the chosen location is at the reticle.
When you later zoom, you will see the map zooms to/from the location at the reticle.
Option 2Use the scroll wheel on your mouse.For Windows
- Zoom-in button, "+".
- Zoom-out button, "-".
- Scroll forwards to zoom-in.
- Scroll backwards to zoom-out.
- Scroll backwards to zoom-in.
- Scroll forwards to zoom-out.
(Optional) You can center the map to display a specific:
To center the map:
- Folder/group of overlays.
- Single overlay.
- (Optional) If the "LAYERS" Panel isn't open on the right-side of the browser window, click the vertical bar.
- Find the group or single overlay's row in the Layers Panel.
- Click the centering button.
The centering button is the gray circle with a dot at the center.
- Save the map.
To learn how to save maps, visit this link: Save a map
(Optional) How do I import or upload a KMZ file?
A KMZ file is a zipped folder containing usable KML file(s).
A KMZ file cannot be used in Scribble Maps.You can extract the KML files for import/upload in Scribble Maps.
To extract the usable KML file(s), unzip the KMZ file by using an online service, such as:
www.ezyzip.com > Extract KMZ file
(Optional) Troubleshooting - Why isn't the data displayed in the Layers Panel?
If the data doesn't appear in the Layers Panel, you may need to perform a hard refresh in your browser. Then start the import procedure from the beginning.
- Windows - "Chrome"/"Firefox"/"IE"/"Edge"
Hold down the "Ctrl" key, and press the "F5" key.
- Mac - "Chrome"/"Firefox" / "Safari"
Hold down the "command" key, and press the "R" key.
(Optional) Troubleshooting - Why won't the KML file import or upload?
To import/upload a .kml file into Scribble Maps, the .kml file must contain the actual data. Open the KML file to make sure it doesn't contain a list of links to KML files.
You can use a imported region polygon to create a clickable region. For example: Districts in New York City. A map viewer can then click on the polygon to hyperlink to a district's Wikipedia page. To learn how to create clickable regions, visit this link:
Create a clickable region polygon for linking to a web page
You can also add a clickable region polygon to an embedded map on a website. For example, the website of a real estate company. A website visitor can then click on the polygon to hyperlink to a web page displaying the properties for sale in the region. To learn how to embed maps on blogs and websites, visit this link:
Embed a map on a blog/website - General