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Old 19-04-2012, 07:18   #1
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Find a place by name....quickly?

Using OpenCPN and a raster chart is there a quick and easy way to find a destination.

Example;

I'm sailing off of South Carolina and I want New Bedford, Mass. quickly using OpenCPN.

Can you do some sort of "Ctrl-F" to find a name?
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Old 19-04-2012, 15:04   #2
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Re: Find a place by name....quickly?

PDA1..

In the meantime you can use this link to give you the geo loc for any place:

Find latitude and longitude with Google Maps

You can even include the link in an OpenCPN POI .gpx file like the attached and just click on the earth icon without leaving OpenCPN.

Then use the ´Jump to position´ in OpenCPN and insert the geo locs

Have fun!

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Old 19-04-2012, 19:54   #3
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Re: Find a place by name....quickly?

Thanks for the reply but I don't use anything made by Google. I was hoping you could search within an OpenCPN chart.

If you're at sea and the web isn't available, even if I used google stuff, it wouldn't be accessible.
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Old 19-04-2012, 20:13   #4
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Re: Find a place by name....quickly?

Press Control-F or whatever then open the appropriate Sailing Directions to the index. Read the location out of there. Zoom out, click at that location, zoom in. That's what I do.
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Re: Find a place by name....quickly?

PDA1..

For internet independent use you could download a database with locations and lat lon here: (but there is a price)

GlobixData world cities gazetteer database of geographical latitude longitude world locations

Using the downloadable GlobixData database,it should be easy to incorporate it into OCPN and accessable at a keypress. Presently,you can use the POI feature mentioned earlier to activate the database. The US version does not seem to include lat lon,but the World wide version does.

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Old 20-04-2012, 08:29   #6
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Press Control-F or whatever then open the appropriate Sailing Directions to the index. Read the location out of there. Zoom out, click at that location, zoom in. That's what I do.

Is this supposed to mean something? I have no idea what you're talking about.
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Re: Find a place by name....quickly?

PDA1, there's no way to search a raster chart for a placename. It's just a drawing, an image...pixels of colour.

You can't do it any more than you could "search" a photograph of a downtown street for a sign on one of the buildings....
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PDA1, there's no way to search a raster chart for a placename. It's just a drawing, an image...pixels of colour.

You can't do it any more than you could "search" a photograph of a downtown street for a sign on one of the buildings....

Could explain what "daddle" was talking about?
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Re: Find a place by name....quickly?

That said, do as daddle is suggesting..search outside of O for the lat/long, (in a coastpilot, online, or whatever), and then goto that position in O. editadded:another way, ie: by opening the Routemanager,in O make a "New" mark with lat/long and name of that place you want to find on the chart...then choose "Zoom To"
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Re: Find a place by name....quickly?

As mentioned in my #5 you have to download a georeferenced location database which you can search and insert the lon/lat into OCPN´s ´Jump to position´feature.

Doing a Google you will find many,some free,others not,some with only location names,others also including lat/lon.

If you have internet access you can use the method I mentioned in my # 2.

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Sorry about my oblique post above. I can find a location for a place name in seconds by either opening the PDF or the paper Sailing Directions for the area. In the index are all the placenames on the respective charts. Or most?
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Re: Find a place by name....quickly?

What PDF Sailing Directions?

Exactly where do you get them?

The ideal would be have a database with all of the locations of places in the world. I got one the other day in .txt format. It was only (ha, ha) 136 meg in size which is just too large for even a simple text editor to open.
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Re: Find a place by name....quickly?

I had this idea already in 2010 ...,

but I didn't insist on it because Dave had other priorities to be solved in opencpn.
Would be lucky to have this feature with the next update.

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ote=1&p=935939

and its triple in flyspray:

OpenCPN::Tracker All Projects: Tasklist[]=&sev[]=&pri[]=&due[]=&reported[]=&cat[]=&status[]=open&percent[]=&opened=&dev=&closed=&duedatefrom=&duedateto=&cha ngedfrom=&changedto=&openedfrom=&openedto=&closedf rom=&closedto=&do=index


FS#246 : Search function for objects (e.g., islands)[0]=&sev[0]=&pri[0]=&due[0]=&reported[0]=&cat[0]=&status[0]=open&percent[0]=&opened=&dev=&closed=&duedatefrom=&duedateto=&cha ngedfrom=&changedto=&openedfrom=&openedto=&closedf rom=&closedto=

Is there a location database within cm93 ???

how can we raise the severity in Flyspray ???


just found out, YOU can vote in flyspray to bring the feature up !!!
hope you all do so :-)
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Re: Find a place by name....quickly?

Rik...
Well, it's there just twice, in FS#723 the verb "search" is used for a slightly different activity
We know about it, but our days still have just 24 hours...

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Re: Find a place by name....quickly?

lucky to read you know about it

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f134/feature-requests-30931-30.html
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