Exporting Preset Map Styles
Maps produced by ReefMaster are not suitable for navigation, and should never be used for navigation.
* Not all preset styles are available in the trial version of ReefMaster.
The simplest way to export a map from a project is to use one of ReefMaster's preset map styles. Preset map styles are available for a range of Lowrance AT5 and Google Earth formats and can be exported in a "one-click" operation from the contour view of a map project.
·In the contour view of a generated map project, select the Export Map Using Preset Style option from the right-button menu.
·The Export Map Using Preset Style window is shown, with a gallery of map styles to choose from:
The Export Map Using Preset Style window contains a sliding gallery of ten different map styles. A map style page can be selected by either clicking the appropriate button in the bar at the top of the window (1) or by navigating through the style collection using the left and right arrow buttons (2, 3). Once the required style has been selected, the map is exported by clicking the Save button (4).
Each map style is shown with an example image and some information about the map format. Not all map formats are compatible with all units - for example, raster based maps cannot be viewed on pre-HDS or non-HDI Elite models.
The Insight Map Creator
All AT5 map exports are produced using the Navico™ Insight Map Creator, which is a free tool from Navico that processes ESRI Shapefiles to create maps in the AT5 format suitable for use in Lowrance™ and Simrad™ GPS units.
Before exporting any maps in the AT5 format, the Insight Map Creator must be downloaded from the Navico Insight Store (on the Insight Planner tab). Once downloaded, the zip file containing the IMC files should be unpacked, and the located of the InsightMapCreator.exe needs to be given to ReefMaster. This can be done on the Import/Export page of the Global Settings window, or during the export process.
What do I with the generated map files?
Different files and folders are created by the export process, depending on the map style selected. The files and folders that are created are listed in the Output Files section of the map style information panel.
For Google Earth exports, the result is a single .KMZ file which can be opened in Google Earth.
ReefMaster copies all of the resulting AT5 files into the correct directory structure for use in a memory card on a Navico unit. To write the files directly to a memory card, insert an SD card into your computer's card reader, and select the root folder of this card as the output directory in the save file window. Note that any existing AT5 map files will be overwritten.
Vector files are written to the files at5.xml and Large.at5 and, when the exported map style includes a raster component, raster data is written to a folder named ShadedRelief. These files and the ShadedRelief folder (if present) must be located in the root directory of a memory card for use in a GPS device.
·In order to see AT5 maps on your Navico™ device, you must select the option Settings/Chart/Chart data/Lowrance.
·To see the raster background, select the option Chart options/Imagery/Shaded relief.
Raster and Vector Mode
Some map styles require that the project be built in vector mode; if the current project has been built in raster mode, then pages for these styles will show the following warning message, and the Save button will be disabled for that style:
Palettes for AT5 Vector Maps
Styles that export vector depth areas (isobaths) to AT5 maps require AT5 compatible palettes. If a map requires an AT5 palette, this information is shown in the Requires section of the style information panel. If the current palette is not AT5 compatible, then a default AT5 palette will be used during the export.
Note also that all AT5 maps require AT5 palettes for hardness areas. Again, if a non-AT5 palette has been selected for hardness this will be replaced by the default AT5 hardness palette during export, if required.
Minor contours and hardness areas
When exporting a map the data that is written to the exported map file will reflect the current configuration of the project:
·If minor contours are not set to display within ReefMaster (using the Show Minor Contours setting the Project Edit Panel), then minor contours will not be exported.
·Hardness areas will only be exported if they are currently set to display in the map project.
Preset Map Styles
AT5 Vector Map
The simplest vector map for AT5 compatible devices. The AT5 Vector Map preset includes isobaths, contours and islands and a vector hardness overlay if available (and selected). If minor contours are visible within ReefMaster, then they are exported and become visible only at high levels of zoom. This export style requires a project built in vector mode, and AT5 compatible palettes for depth and hardness.
AT5 Vector Map with Depth Highlight Layer
The same as AT5 Vector Map (above) with the addition of a depth highlight layer in hot pink (AT5 colour 13). The depth highlight layer is underneath the depth layer, and can be shown by selectively disabling a depth region using the chart categories feature in the GPS unit.
AT5 Map with Colour Band Shaded Relief
Contours on top of a shaded relief raster background, created using the colour band option. Any palette can be used, and both raster and vector mode projects. An AT5 compatible palette is required for hardness areas.
AT5 Map with Colour Gradient Shaded Relief
Contours on top of a shaded relief raster background, created using the colour gradient option. Any palette can be used, and both raster and vector mode projects. An AT5 compatible palette is required for hardness areas.
AT5 Map with Colour Band Shaded Relief and Depth Highlight Layer
Contours on top of a shaded relief raster background, created using the colour band option. Any palette can be used, and both raster and vector mode projects. An AT5 compatible palette is required for hardness areas. A depth highlight layer is included, which will intially be shown on top of the background raster. The Depth Highlight chart category must be disabled by using the chart categories menu in the unit. Individual depth highlight ranges can then be selected as required.
AT5 Vector Map with Open Street Map Data
Open street map data is available for free download and can be combined with ReefMaster map data during the map generation process. Open Street Map data can be downloaded from http://download.geofabrik.de/ (choose the .osm.pbf format). Select the smallest region that covers the required area, to keep map generation times down. When using this export process, you will be prompted for the location of an OSM data file after clicking the Save button.
AT5 Map with Flat Raster Background
Contours on top of a flat raster background. Any palette can be used, and both raster and vector mode projects. An AT5 compatible palette is required for hardness areas.
Google Earth Map with Colour Band Shaded Relief
A combination of a shaded relief ground overlay and vector contours. Any palette can be used for both depth and hardness areas, and the map project can be exported from either vector or raster modes with the same result.
Google Earth Vector Map
Vector depth areas and contours. The project must be generated in vector mode, and any palette can be used for both depth and hardness areas.
AT5 Depth Overlay
AT5 Depth Overlay is a special style designed to be combined with raster backgrounds that have been created separately using the Insight Map Creator. This style exports semi-transparent vector depth areas that can be used as an overlay on top of any raster background. One use of this style is to export a map on top of imagery exported from a Sidescan Mosaic (also see Exporting Sidescan Mosaic Images for information on how to export an IMC raster layer of a mosaic directly from ReefMaster).
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