Plex-Earth has been programmed to be as user-friendly as possible. We have developed features to simplify procedures as much as we can, and one of these features is the ability to simply copy and paste KML objects from Google Earth to AutoCAD. Note that his simple process is also the only way to import elements from sources that Google Earth connects dynamically to, such as Network Links!
This tutorial will show several ways how this can be done.
Step 1. Creating a Google Earth Element
Let's start with creating a Google Earth element from scratch. It may be placemarks, paths, polygons, etc.
On the toolbar at the top, click on the icon of the element that you would like to create.
Create your element on the map and then customize your element properties on the pop-up window. For this tutorial, we will create a polygon.
You may skip this step if you already have a KML file. Just open it in Google Earth and then reveal the KML layers by ticking the box beside it on the Places tab of the sidebar.
Step 2. Copying the KML Objects
Once displayed on the map, you can copy these depending on the number of objects.
Copying a single GE element or KML layer
Right-click on the object that you would like to paste into AutoCAD. Click on Copy.
Copying grouped objects
In the sidebar of the Google Earth window, under the Places tab, right-click on the folder containing all the objects that you would like to fetch and click Copy. This will save you a lot of time especially if there is a significant amount of objects instead of selecting them one by one.
Step 3. Pasting the KML Objects
After copying, simply go back to your DWG file in AutoCAD or BricsCAD and paste the item. Here are the different methods of pasting GE elements/KML layers to AutoCAD via Plex-Earth:
- using the Ctrl+V command on your keyboard
- right-click >> Clipboard >> Paste
- typing PASTECLIP on the command line
- typing PXV_PASTE on the command line
- clicking ''Import KML/KMZ'' >> ''YES, USE CLIPBOARD'' on the KML Tools Panel
With a simple keystroke and click of a button, a designer can now fetch KML objects from Google Earth to AutoCAD with no sweat.
Layer Properties Considerations
Not all KML layers will retain their existing layer properties when pasted to AutoCAD.
In cases like this, set up AutoCAD layers first for the KML objects you'd like to fetch before pasting and make sure to enable the desired layer so the object will have the AutoCAD layer properties.
Go to Home >> Layer Panel >> Layer Properties (or type in "LA" on the command line and then hit the Enter button on your keyboard).
Afterward, double-click on the desired layer to enable it. There will be a check mark on the left side, indicating that the layer has been enabled.
You may now proceed with pasting the KML layer and it should adapt the properties of the enabled AutoCAD layer.
For this example, even if an AutoCAD layer is enabled, the KML object, which has its embedded properties that can be edited in Google earth, will retain them when pasted onto AutoCAD.
We hope that you have found this introduction on how to copy and paste Google Earth elements into AutoCAD and BricsCAD, helpful. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com for any questions you may still have.
Don't have Plex-Earth yet? Explore all the features and potential benefits of this software; install a fully functional 7-day free trial of Plex-Earth now!
AutoCAD Version: 2023, 2022 , 2021 , 2020 , 2019 , 2018 , 2017 , 2016
Civil 3D® Version: 2023, 2022 , 2021 , 2020 , 2019 , 2018 , 2017 , 2016
AutoCAD Architecture Version: 2023, 2022 , 2021 , 2020 , 2019 , 2018 , 2017 , 2016
BricsCAD Pro: V22 , V21