Forgive the digression..I have a ton of these ol hdrs.A google
search""maptech hdr charts" brings me back to here! http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...d-30418-2.html
didn't seem resolved,so I'm offering this,as a way.Maybe there's a better? but...It may help with other chart or map formats that you want too.The first problem is OPENING these and the next is CAPTURING them as a single
chart instead of the little .pcx graphic tiles they really are.
For this,I am using the newer OziExplorer with the Maptech pcx plugin
.This is available as a workable Trial Version.You can't export these as images
from the trial,so onward...Other programs(I have VisNav4.1)also open these but You NEED the "scrolling window" that Ozi has...
The next Need
is a Screen
Capture Application that will capture the scrolling window.Snagit ,available as a free trial,is the ONLY one that works for me.Faststone won't capture big charts without mistakes
.PickPic only captures strips.If you find a better way,post it.
..A few notes about Snagit:It demands your email
to activate.Thereafter ,you can uncheck updates and block it in your firewall.
Both of these are good apps for some things and worth the $ to uncripple.
Introduce(import)Ozi to your stack of hdrs-for me,showing it the CHARTHDR folder did the trick.Ozi then outputs a ream of map files.
If you have a new computer,skip this...but assuming you're fairly "thrifty" -or you would just not bother converting 1996 charts!- and are using an old computer,it also wants to capture all your computer resources as well so here's what works fastest:
Configure snagit right from the start to avoid its Graphics Editor.
Profile Settings:Input=Scrolling Window,Output=File,Effects=NoEffects
..in the top menu bar beside "File", go into"Capture" and see that Remember last used format is checked and that the default format(full colour PNG) is used...I tried to tweak output to save later steps as a 16 colour bmp or tif for instance in all kinds of ways but with a 1.6ghz and 768ram,it chokes.You can try changing the output folder but again,I leave it as default and batch convert these pngs to 16 colour tiffs or whatever your pref for later use,but cropping borders (if wanted) is a hands-on op.
but the png will work fine to calibrate in Map_Cal2+Libbsb(See Marcos excellent batch file depending on your process)or recalibrated in OziExplorer+ then handed off to Cagney's Map2Kap...
IF you don't crop em
Calibration is easy because you can copy the calibration points out of the OZI .
BUT I do,because the borders are huge and that
is part of the purpose in my long description.