Thanks for the reply.  The KML was sent to me so I’m going to see if I can get the original GPS file from the Garmin 800 unit.  Thanks for clearing this up although the formats doc on your website is a bit confusing calling the gpsbabel supported format

Google Earth (Keyhole) Markup Language (kml), although now I see there are a number of caveats to that..







From: [] On Behalf Of Robert Lipe
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 1:13 PM
To: DeBitetto, Paul A.
Subject: Re: [Gpsbabel-misc] Trouble with simple KML translation....


Your KML file doesn't contain standard OGC KML; it contains a Google-Earth specific extension to KML that we can't read.


If you have the original data set, either feed that to us directly or let Earth import it with the "using LineStrings" option.



On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM, DeBitetto, Paul A. <> wrote:


I just downloaded the latest version 1.4.3 in  hopes of translating the included .kml file to GPX format.  I am using Windows XP.


The translation gui says successful but except for translating header material, no data gets written to the output file.  I then also tried just translating KML to KML to see if that would produce a duplicate or near duplicate file.  Same problem, no data is written.  It appears to read the kml file just fine, and I can also load the kml file into Google earth and view the track.  Can anyone see an obvious reason why GPSBabel would have trouble with my KML file?  could the reason be that I first converted from a KMZ version of the file to create the KML from GoogleEarth? 


Any advice is greatly appreciated.  I did play with the settings/options for a few hours to no avail. 



Paul DeBitetto, Ph.D.

Group Leader (GCC5), Perception Systems Group

Draper Laboratory



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