The Map View and the VIEW Menu
The main display area of the Waypoint Manager is taken up with a map display, known as the Map View, containing waypoints, trails and routes displayed over a base map. Waypoints, trails and routes can be selected within the map view, for editing, deletion or export.
Navigating the Map View
The map view can be panned and zoomed by using the mouse, or keyboard shortcuts. The action of the left mouse button within the map and sonar views depends on the mouse mode that has been selected (see Mouse Modes, below).
The VIEW Menu
The VIEW menu contains options relating to navigating, and display of assets, in the map and sonar views.
1. Mouse Mode
The action of the left mouse button in the map or sonar views depends on the selected Mouse Mode (see below).
The Fit Window button zooms the map so that all current assets fill the view. Double-clicking with the left mouse button in the map view, when in select mode, performs the same function.
The Zoom in/out buttons zoom in or out of the map view by a small, fixed amount. Use the mouse-wheel within the map view, or the +/- keys on the keyboard, to perform the same function.
3. Lock Waypoints
By default, waypoints within the map view are "locked", so that they cannot be accidentally moved by being dragged with the mouse. To unlock waypoints, click the Lock Waypoints buton. When waypoints are unlocked, they can be repositioned by dragging with the mouse; using the left mouse button, in select mode, click and hold a waypoint whilst moving the mouse to drag the waypoint to a new location.
4. Showing or Hiding Assets
The Waypoint Manager offers several options for showing or hiding assets within the map view:
Individual waypoints, trails and routes can be set to to the display status "hidden", so that they are not displayed on the sounder unit. Although this can be useful for maintaining an uncluttered screen, it can sometimes also be useful to see these hidden assets within the Waypoint Manager map view. Checking the option Show hidden assets in the map view will show these assets in the map view, rendered semi-transparent to indicate their hidden status. Note that showing hidden assets in the Waypoint Manager does not affect their visibility status when exported; hidden assets will still be hidden on a unit after export.
Show/Hide Waypoints/Trails/Routes simply shows or hides all members of the selected asset class within the map view. This function only affects asset display within the Waypoint Manager, and does not affect the display status of the assets themselves.
The active mouse mode can be selected in the VIEW menu, or in the pop-out mouse mode menu in the top-left corner of the map display:
Select individual components within the map view using the left mouse button. To select (or de-select) multiple components, hold down the CTRL key whilst clicking components. To select all assets within a region of the map, click and hold the left mouse button whilst moving the mouse to define the required region.
Zoom into the specified region of the map view. To specify the region, click and hold the left mouse button whilst moving the mouse to define the required zoom region. The map can also be zoomed by using the mouse wheel (in any mouse mode), or by using the + or - keys on the keyboard.
Hold the left mouse button down and move the mouse to drag the map view. The Pan function can also be accessed via the middle mouse button, whilst in any mouse mode, or by using the cursor keys on the keyboard.
When the mouse is in drop waypoint mode, clicking the left mouse button to creates a new waypoint at the current mouse position within the map or sonar views. Once created, the new waypoint is immediately opened for editing.
Measure distance and show bearing between two points within either the map or sonar views. Press and hold the left mouse button and move the mouse to create a ruler between two points. When measuring within a sidescan sonar view the right mouse button can be used to estimate object heights (see Sonar Viewer).
Selecting Items in the Map View
To edit items, they must first be selected. Items in the map view can be selected by clicking with the left mouse button, whilst the mouse is in select mode. Multiple assets can be selected by holding down the CTRL key whilst clicking with the left mouse button, which will toggle the selection status of the asset underneath the mouse pointer.
To select all assets within a region, click and hold the left mouse button (in select mode), whilst dragging the mouse to define a region. All assets within that region will be selected:
To select all assets within the map view, use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+A.
Right Mouse-Button Menus
Clicking the right mouse button in open space within the map view opens the following menu:
Clicking the right mouse button whilst the mouse pointer is over an asset, or one of a group of selected assets, will open a menu specific to that asset type:
If more than one asset type is selected, then the right-button within the map view contains separate menus for each asset type:
Arranging the Sonar and Map Views
If a sonar log file is loaded, the Sonar View is added to the main display area as a separate, tabbed window. Click on the Sonar View tab to display the sonar view, and on the Map View tab to return to the map view.
To view sonar and map views at the same time, the sonar and map views can be arranged within the main display area by dragging either the Sonar View or Map View tabs with the left mouse button, as follows:
(1) Start dragging either the map or sonar view by clicking and holding on the tab header with the left mouse button, and moving the mouse down into the main display area. A purple rectangle is displayed, which represents the window to be moved, and a "move target" is displayed in the centre of the window:
(2) Move the mouse pointer over the desired location target, at which point the new window location is represented:
(3) Release the mouse button to finalise repositioning of the window.
The relative size of each display panel can be adjusted by the vertical or horizontal bar that separates them: