Google recently made Google Earth Pro available for free. As a result, we have been having a look at some of the premium features of Google Earth Pro. So far we have looked at the movie maker, Viewshed and map making tools. Today we are looking at how to bulk import addresses into Google Earth Pro.
The bulk address import feature in Google Earth Pro allows you to import a list of addresses from a csv file and it will then geocode the addresses (look up the latitude and longitude) and create appropriate Placemarks in Google Earth Pro.
The relevant Google Earth Pro help page explains the import process. The help page incorrectly states that it only works in seven specified countries. We tried it with an address in Zambia and it geolocated it correctly. This is however dependent on Google Maps having the correct address information so don’t expect it to work flawlessly. You can also import extra columns that are added to the placemarks’ popup window, and can also be used to set various properties such as the name of the placemark, the icon and the altitude. The import mechanism also offers the option to use latitude and longitude in your import data rather than addresses.
We see this feature being quite useful for businesses with customer or supplier databases.