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

Hide status and overlays – this overrides the individual Status and Overlays settings described below. If checked neither status nor overlays are displayed. Use the Space Bar to toggle between ‘hide all’ and ‘show selected items’.

Status display – lets you customize the status shown in the window (‘dynamic’ status, which might alter as you change the view or move the mouse, is shown at top right and ‘static’ status, referring to the loaded image, is shown at bottom right).

The ‘dynamic’ status options refer to the current view; by default, only the first is shown. The options are:

  • Show view yaw and pitch – this shows the mouse position as yaw (left-to-right angle from the image centre) and pitch (bottom-to-top angle from the image centre), and the current pel (pixel) ratio.  For example, if the pel ratio is 200% then each pel in the original image has been extrapolated to 2×2 pels on-screen.

    If the image is 360 or has a known 35mm-equivalent focal length then the equivalent focal length of the view is also shown (e.g., if ‘100mm’ is shown then the view appears as though taken with a 100mm lens).

    If the direction of view is known (see the Setting North page) then the compass bearing of the mouse position is shown instead of the yaw, and similarly if the position of the horizon is known (as in a spherical panorama or an image created from one) then the pitch is shown as the tilt from the horizon (positive is up).

  • Show enhancement values – this shows values of all the view enhancements if any enhancement is in use (is non-zero).

  • Show performance statistics – this shows the amount of memory explicitly allocated by PanGazer and also (if 1 ms or more) the time taken (in seconds) to render the last image along with the corresponding frame rate (frames per second).

The ‘static’ status options describe the source image and are only shown if the requested information is available, i.e., is in the Exchangeable image file (Exif) metadata. The default for these status settings is to show the status. The options are:

  • Show exposure settings – shows the settings used to capture the image (shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity, and EV [Exposure Value] bias if available and non-zero), and also indicates if the flash fired.

  • Show lens data – shows the lens focal length (if available). Also, if the 35mm equivalent is available this shows that value together with the diagonal angle of view of the image and the visual magnification factor. The latter is the human angle of attention (assumed to be 55) divided by the diagonal angle of view of the lens.

  • Show camera geolocation and attitude – shows the latitude, longitude, and GPS altitude of the device used when the image was captured, and the bearing and tilt of the centre of the image (camera attitude).

  • Show image time and date – shows the original time and date of image capture (usually in local time) and also the UTC timestamp.

  • Show image size – shows the X and Y dimensions of the image in pels, its horizontal and vertical Angles Of View, and its file size.

  • Show image description – shows the image description, or if none the full path and file name of the image (the window’s title bar shows the image’s file name, with underscores treated as blanks).

  • Show image Copyright – shows the image’s Copyright.

Overlays – lets you turn on or off information that augments the view:

  • Show compass points – if the direction of view is known (that is, North has been set – see the Setting North page) then compass points (N, E, SW, etc.) will be overlaid at the top of the view. This setting is on by default.

  • Show tilt angles – if the tilt of the view is known (see the Overlays page) the tilt angles will be shown overlaid at the left edge of the view. This setting is off by default.

If the Image Geography dialog is open then both overlays will be shown (if valid values are available/have been applied), independent of these settings. In addition, Show compass points will be set if you use the Set North pop-up menu option and similarly Show tilt angles will be set if you choose Set horizon.

Measurement units – selects the units used when elevations are displayed. Here you can choose any or all of Metric, Statute (customary), or Nautical units. By default, Metric will be used.

This sub-menu self-orders; 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 so elevations can always have units).

Statute and Nautical units both use feet for elevations; both units are offered to keep the selection consistent with MapGazer.

Coordinate formats – changes the format used for displaying Latitude and Longitude; the formats available are:

  • degrees°minutes′seconds″ (this is the default)
  • degrees°minutes
  • decimal degrees with 5 or 6 fractional digits
  • UTM (Universal Tranverse Mercator).

Please see Coordinate formats for examples.

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 PanGazer; this setting is quite verbose and will slow the normal operation of PanGazer.

All the above settings are saved in a file (PanGazer.ini) provided that the folder containing PanGazer.exe is writable. Settings saved also include details of the image and viewpoint last viewed, the current enhancement values, the last-loaded image file folder, and the screen position of the last-viewed window, etc. Settings are only saved for the last-viewed window (view).

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This page was last updated on 2020-04-16 by mfc.