GE2Suunto2GEDownload GE2Suunto2GE version 1.1     Only for Windows XP/7 (maybe Win 8 - haven't tested)
This is a readme file for the program Google Earth to Suunto converter & Vice Versa a.k.a. GE2Suunto2GE
The program was written for the purpose of converting Google Earth's waypoint .kml (Keyhole Markup Language) and .kmz (KML Zipped) files to Suunto files. Either Suunto track files or Suunto route files. The program can also convert files back from Suunto (track or route) to Google Earth's .kml or .kmz files. The program was written because I needed some software that will convert a waypoint made in Google Earth to Suunto X10 file format. I couldn't find any free software on the web, so I decided to write one myself. So far the program works as it should, but of course bugs are to be expected, so please if you find any, don't hesitate to contact me on the e-mail provided in the application itself (bottom left corner).
This program is freeware, but if you think it is useful and would like to support it's further development, please donate. Each contribution is greately appreciated and will help me find the neccessary will to fix bugs and expand the program's features.
File -> Exit:Exits the program
Help -> About:Some info about the application
Help -> Donate: Donate link
Help -> ReadMe:This info file
KML File: Google Earth XML file that contains coordinates of your route.
KMZ File: Zipped KML file.
SDF Track File: Suunto file format - A file that contains coordinates, created by your Suunto device using it's GPS receiver.
SDF Route File: Suunto file format - A file that conatins coordinates and can be uplated to your Suunto device for the purpose of navigation. The suunto device uses the coordinates in this file to guide you from one point to another.
In order to convert a file from Google Earth format (either KML or KMZ) to Suunto format, you first need to browse for Google Earth file. After you load the file you need to specify the output Suunto file. You can choose to convert to a track file or to a route file.
In the second tab of the application you can see that you can choose Suunto files (again, route files or track files) and can convert them to Google Earth .kmz or .kml files. It depends what you choose in the file selection dialog for the output file.
Pretty starightforward right ? :)
- In the future I intend to add recognition for .gpx cooordinates and all coversions between kml/kmz, SDF and gpx files.
- Implement the 'save reversed' feature, that will allow to save a reversed route/track of .sdf/.kml/.kmz format.
- Write the application for the Linux platform (already in development)
- I am open to suggestions on what features to add. Just send me an e-mail.
Changes and bugfixes in version 1.1:
- Suunto X10 has a limitation when you upload a route with which you want to navigate. That limitation is that the route can only have 50 waypoints. Since I cannot change the watches firmware I added a workaround that splits a big route file (more than 50 waypoints) into smaller ones. So if you create a route file with 64 waypoints (file.sdf), the output will be two files, one with 50 waypoints (file1.sdf) and the other with 14 (file2.sdf).
- Bugfix: in the previous version, when you loaded a .kml file that had coordinates in a row, seperated by a newline character, the program only acknowledged the first set of coordinates. It worked fine when coordinates were seperated by a space character - obviously Google didn't follow their own standards for that. Well that was fixed, so it is now compatible with both Google standards for .kml files :).
If you would like to report a bug, or just say what a good piece of intellectual work this software is, feel free to contact me at: Author