Exporting data is simple and fast from GIS Kit/Pro. One of the main things to remember is that export buttons have contextual significance--the location of the button implies what data will be exported with it. The following table shows the correlation of export button location and what it exports:
|Export Button Location||Data to be included in export|
|Projects screen||Entire project (i.e. project's master layer) for currently selected project|
|A project's top menu||Entire project (i.e. project's master layer)|
|Within a layer||That layer and all its descendants|
|Feature class dataset||All the feature classes within that dataset|
|Feature class||Only this feature class|
|Raster image details (pro version only)||Only this raster|
GPX is fairly universal and is the most common format for GPS handheld units. They are limited to routes, tracks, and waypoints so they do not generally convey very much of the information used in a GIS system.
KML is a very good format for hierarchical data as it is capable of preserving layer relationships. It is also the best format for preserving display information such as icons and colors. It does not, however, support line thickness or line styles such as dashes.
Since there is no standardized approach to sharing individual attributes through KML they are all put into an HTML table so they will display well in other programs such as Google Earth. They do, however, get split back out into attributes when imported back into GIS Kit/Pro although the type information is lost since the HTML is just broken up into strings.
KMZ files are actually zip archives that contain a KML file and optionally more files. GIS Kit/Pro includes custom symbols, photos and rasters into KMZ files so that they will display properly on the receiving platform. This can, however, make the size of the file somewhat unmanageable which is why we also created the KMZ Compact option.
KMZ Compact is the same as KMZ except an image resizing operation is performed on all the images stored in image attributes. It is not performed on raster overlays, however.
Shapefiles is a good format if the primary objective is preserving attributes. All style information is lost as this is not a typical function of Shapefiles. They are typically used in professional organizations due to their strength in data standardization, which is why this format is only included in the Pro version. Some key points to note: