San Vicente map MapGazer – General settings

Introduction

Download MapGazer


Getting started

Using marks:
   Waypoints
   Tracks
   Routes
   Areas
   Mark properties

Using the Scale

Using icons

Using transparency


General settings

Getting maps

Using map tools

Elevation data

Coordinate formats

GPX files

Command line

Thanks

The Settings menu lets you change settings that apply to all windows. These are:

  • Measurement units – selects the units used when distances, speeds, or elevations are displayed. Here you can choose any or all of Metric, Statute (customary), or Nautical units. By default, Metric will be used.
    This submenu is dynamic; when you uncheck an item it is moved to the bottom of the list and when you check an item it is moved above any unchecked items. This lets you control the order in which units are displayed (also, the top item is always selected and is used for the Scale).

  • Coordinate formats – changes the format used for displaying Latitude and Longitude (these are: degrees°minutes′seconds″, degrees°minutes, and decimal degrees with 5 or 6 fractional digits); please see Coordinate formats for details.

  • Waypoints style – changes the style of displayed Waypoints and Route waypoints; these may be shown as icons, drawn ‘X’ symbols (Small, Medium, Large, or Extra large), or a mixture of these; for more details, see Using icons.

  • Mark line widths – changes the width of all displayed routes, tracks, area borders, and waypoint ‘X’ symbols (Light, Medium, or Heavy).

  • Status display – lets you customize the status shown at the top left of the map, and whether map status (zoom level and copyright information) is displayed at the bottom right. You can vary the opaqueness of the background of status information; see Using transparency.
    The status displayed varies according to whether the cursor is over the map or over a Mark (track, route, waypoint, or area). The options are all on by default (except for Show GPX elevations and Show captions) and are:

    • Show position lat/lon – shows the latitude and longitude corresponding to the cursor position when the cursor is over the map or over a track, route, or waypoint. When over the map, the elevation will also be shown if elevation data is available. The map position latitude and longitude (and elevation, if available) can be copied to the clipboard by right-clicking on the map and choosing the Details menu item (which shows what will be copied).

    • Show route status – shows information about a route (e.g., its name if it has one and its length) when the cursor is over, or dragging, part of a route or a route waypoint. For the length, the distance units are selected as described above. Key statistics can be copied to the clipboard by right-clicking on the route and choosing the Details menu item.

    • Show track status – shows information about a track (e.g., its name if it has one, its length, the time when a point on the track was recorded, and the speed at that time) when the cursor is over part of a track. For the length and speed, the distance units are selected as described above. Key statistics can be copied to the clipboard by right-clicking on the track and choosing the Details menu item.

    • Show waypoint status – shows information about a waypoint (e.g., its name if it has one, its position, and the time when it was recorded if known) when the cursor is over a waypoint. The icon name will also be displayed if one is assigned and the icon is visible. Key statistics can be copied to the clipboard by right-clicking on the waypoint and choosing the Details menu item.

    • Show area coordinates – shows the latitude and longitude of the bottom left (South West, SW) and top right (North East, NE) corners of the area when the cursor is over, or dragging, the border of an area. Key statistics can be copied to the clipboard by right-clicking on the area’s border and choosing the Details menu item.

    • Show links – shows any primary link (URL, Universal Resource Locator) of a track, route, or point. If the link has link text (see Mark properties), this is shown instead of the URL.

    • Show captions – shows the description of a track, route, or point, if known. This setting is off by default because captions are often generic, or a copy of the name or position.

    • Show GPX elevations – shows the recorded elevation of a waypoint or point on a track, if known. This setting is off by default because recorded elevations are often unreliable.

    • Show map zoom level – shows the current zoom level of the map at the bottom right.

    • Show map copyrights – displays the copyright information for a map (if available) at the bottom right.

  • Cursor style – chooses default ‘arrow’ cursor or a custom cursor for precision positioning.

    • Use system cursors – uses system cursors, including the default ‘arrow’ cursor for item selection.

    • Use crosshair cursor – changes the default ‘arrow’ cursor to a coloured cursor for precision positioning.

  • Scale settings – changes the settings for the Scale bar:

    • Show Scale – check or uncheck to show/hide the Scale.

    • Scale properties – change the target width or colour of the Scale.

    • Reset Scale position – to put the Scale at bottom-left of the window.

  • Console settings – changes the console and diagnostic settings:

    • Show console – displays a console window; this is primarily used for viewing error messages and diagnostics – if some action does not work as expected it may be helpful to turn the console on and check it for messages on retrying the action.

    • Show extra diagnostics – displays more detailed diagnostics on the console.

    • Show received messages – displays each Windows message as it is received by MapGazer; this setting is quite verbose and may slow the normal operation of MapGazer.

All the above settings are saved in a file (MapGazer.ini) provided that the folder containing MapGazer.exe is writable. Also saved are details of the map and viewpoint last viewed, the last-loaded GPX file, transparencies (of overlay map, marks, and status) custom colours, and the screen positions of the console and last-viewed window.

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This page was last updated on 2017-01-20 by mfc.