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Old 28-03-2010, 04:40   #1
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Drawing On the Map

As a fisherman, my father use OpenCPN daily. It works great, it's fast and just works.

I would like to know if there is a way to make my own symbols for the waypoints, and the Marks. The current ones can be hard to see.

And I would like to have a way to "draw" on the map, ie. mark regions as no fishing zones, and military firing zones. I have been using Routes and manually removing the waypoint icons, but it is slow and tiresome to do. I would like to change the icons on all the attached waypoints with one click. And it would be better to have a different color on the "markings".

Any hints, tips etc. would be nice.

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Old 28-03-2010, 05:31   #2
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As of 1.3.6 you can use your own icons for wpt:s and routes, check this post for details and some custom icons.

Marking regions etc. If you are using raster charts, use bsb2tif, in libbsb, to create a tif picture. Then do whatever you have to do in, for example, gimp or photoshop.
If you saved the header in the original .kap file you can simply use it with tif2bsb an recreate your chart including your changes. See the chart thread and the libbsb documentation for details.


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Old 28-03-2010, 06:37   #3
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Originally Posted by milorg View Post
And I would like to have a way to "draw" on the map,
Yes, I would love to be able to do that too! I use the route tool a bit and make extra routes then dlete them, but would love to just be able to make my own notes and freehand draw etc.

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Yes, I would love to do that, too. That's why I made the little tweak about Forums - Post 413978">colors&segments-IRJDSUNE9932123321222xxeww-in-IRJDSUNE9932123321222xxeww-tracks. The example shown is the new Canaries TSS, missing in CM93v2 of 2006. I have it working, but I hope something similar will make it to the production version. It allows me just to draw lines freehand (albeit only offline...). Prohibited zones are about as important to navigation as shoreline...
Waypoints can be annotated with adding to waypoint definition in GPX file the following

<link href="some filename with full description, e.g. NTM text:....">
<text>some short text....</text> </link>

then right click on the waypoint will give an option for

Additional Information...

Very useful.

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Which brings us back to the sharing of corrections discussion..
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