Author: Andrew Naish

MyGovApp: KML Cruncher


KML Cruncher

KML Cruncher


Space-Time Research Pty Ltd


The KML Cruncher is a web service/web page that converts and generalises ESRI polygon shape files into KML format ready for the web. It’s useful for those people who quickly want to move from the ESRI shape file format into KML for web mashups, without the fuss of obtaining heavy weight GIS systems.

KML Cruncher was developed after extensive searching on the Web failed to find a tool like it. It doesn’t look fancy but can save hours of a developers time generalizing polygons.

For more info, check out this blog.

Features include:

  • Simple interface
  • Generalises polygons in four quick and easy steps
  • Uses advanced polygon simplification routines
  • Is a simple HTML post form that can be used as a service
  • Developed entirely using open source software