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How to import and export placemarks?


The import and export placemarks support allows you to import placemarks (waypoints, tracks, routes, etc.) from various files created by external softwares, or export them for external use.

Due to the vast number of existing formats and important differences among them, the application will need to import them in its own optimized format before displaying or modifying them, this is the import process. In order to use them again in an external application, you'll need to export them in the desired format, this is the export process.

Which placemark file formats are supported by the application?


The complete list of file formats than can be imported or exported is available here.

How to import placemarks?


To import placemarks from external files:

  • Tap on the Placemarks menu icon and on Explore placemarks . The default placemark folder is listed;
  • Select the folder in which the file to import is located. If needed, tap on the top left menu to list the main folders of your device. For example, tap on My downloads .

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  • Once the file to import is displayed , tap on it to start the import;
  • Wait some time for the file to be imported (which depends on the file size);
  • When the file is imported, you can either:
    • Tap Browse to list the content of the imported file, for example to display only few items;
    • Tap Display to display the entire file content on the map.

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Import with options


By default, the application will import files to the import folder and use the device charset. In order to choose something different:

  • Long-press the file to import or tap on its icon ;
  • Tap Import… ;
  • If needed, change the import Folder to choose the current one;
  • If needed, change the Elevations to choose the unit used in the file (either None to ignore elevations from the file, WGS84 to import GPS (WGS84) elevations, or EGM96 to import geoid (EGM96) elevations);
  • If needed, change the Charset to choose the one of the file;
  • If needed, select the items to also download and import from Internet ;
  • If needed, check Fix GPS week number rollout issues to automatically correct the GPS week number rollover error;
  • Tap Ok to start the import using the chosen settings.

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Import from an external file manager


You can also import placemarks from any file manager:

  • Open your file manager and browse to the folder where is saved the placemarks file to import;
  • Tap on the file to import ;
  • Your file manager will display a list of all installed applications able to deal with this kind of file;
  • Tap on the application icon to start the import process.

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How to export placemarks?


To export a placemark in another format and use it in an external application:

  • Tap on a displayed placemark on the map (for example a track) and on its name ;
  • In the item bottom menu, tap on the Export as… shortcut icon or on the Export as… menu entry below;

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In the list of available export formats, choose the one that best fits the external application you want to use, for example GPX file which offers a great compatibility.

Once the placemark has been exported, the full path of the exported file is displayed.

  • Tap Share to share the file (send it as email, upload it on Dropbox, etc.), available actions depend on the applications installed on your device;
  • Tap Open to open the file with a compatible application installed on your device;
  • Tap Ok to close the dialog.

Be careful when trying to access the exported file from a computer using an USB cable, Android takes time to update the file list of your device, and newly created ones may not be immediately visible.

See here how to export multiple items at once.

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