|MapGazer – Using the Scale|
The Scale is shown in a window to give an immediate visual indication of physical distances on the map shown. It indicates a distance (for example, 500 m) as measured at the centre of the displayed map view. For specific distance measurements, especially if not in a straight line, use a Route.
The units used for the Scale are the first units shown under Settings→Measurements units; you can change which is first in this list (see General settings for details).
You can hide the Scale from its pop-up (right-click) menu or from Settings→Scale settings→Show Scale; to display it again right-click on the map and select Show Scale (or again use Settings→Scale settings→Show Scale).
The Scale is automatically hidden if the zoom level is less than 5 (because the actual scale will vary too much over a typical view in this case). At these lower zoom levels, use a Route for measuring distances – Routes will show the great circle distance between two points.
To change the Scale position, left-click on it and drag it to a new position. This is relative to the bottom-left corner of the window and applies to all windows. You can reset it to its default position by clicking Reset Scale position from its pop-up or from Settings→Scale settings. It will also be reset to its default position if the window size is changed so that no part of the Scale would be visible.
The width of the Scale is automatically adjusted so the Scale indicates a ‘round number’ distance, that is, 1, 2, 2.5, or 5 times a power-of-ten multiple of the selected unit (km, miles, or Nautical miles, or metres or yards for shorter scales).
You can change the Scale width and colour by clicking Properties from the Scale pop-up or from Settings→Scale settings. This has two controls:
To change the transparency of the Scale, use the transparencies dialog (e.g., press ‘t’). In that dialog, the Scale slider adjusts the transparency of the coloured scale bar and the Status slider adjusts the transparency of the background of the distance label (to match that of any displayed status).
Scales in images
The Scale is also used when you create an image from a map (see Using Areas for details). Whenever you Save area as image from an Area’s pop-up menu the Scale, unless hidden, will be included in the image with the same position relative to the bottom-left corner as it is shown in a window, and with the same properties (target width and colour) and transparency.
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