A waypoint represents a map location, and has attributes, including name, icon, icon colour, display status, depth, alarm radius and description.
Waypoints can be viewed and selected in the map view and in the list in the Waypoints Panel.
The Waypoints Panel
The Waypoints Panel contains a list of all current waypoints, with a search bar, and buttons for editing functions underneath:
·Column headers for the waypoints list are: Icon, Description Indicator (whether or not this waypoint has description text present), Name, Latitude, Longitude and Time.
·Waypoints can be sorted by any one of the available columns, by clicking once in the column header with the left mouse button. Sort order can be reversed by clicking again in the same column header. When sorting by icon, icon colour is used as a secondary sorting criteria.
·Waypoints can be selected in either the list or map views, with the selection being updated in both views.
·Waypoints visible in the list can be filtered using the quick search box immediately underneath the list (5). Search can operate on waypoint name, waypoint description, or both name and description. A quick way to edit a subset of waypoints is to filter using the search function, select all remaining visible waypoints from the list by using the keyboard short-cut CTRL+A, and then edit the selected waypoints by using the Edit button (4).
·Selected waypoints can be deleted by using the Delete button (1). Note that using the delete button within the waypoints panel results in only the currently selected waypoints being deleted, regardless of whether other asset types are selected within the map view.
(2) Open the Manage Duplicate Waypoints window.
(3) Create a new waypoint.
(4) Open all currently selected waypoints for editing.
One or more waypoints can be edited by first selecting the required waypoint(s), and then using the Edit function. The Edit function can be accessed via a button in the EDIT menu bar or Waypoint Panel, via the right-button menu, or by hitting the ENTER key on the keyboard.
When using the Edit command, the waypoint edit window is opened:
The Waypoint Edit window contains fields for all waypoint attributes, including Name, Icon, Colour, Latitude, Longitude, Time, Depth, Display Status, Alarm Radius and Description.
·To modify the waypoint icon, click on the icon button (1), which brings up a panel showing all available icons. Clicking on the required icon will select the icon, and close the icon selection panel. Note that the available colour options depend on which icon is selected, and that not all icons have colour options (icons without colour options are shown in grey). To change the colour of the icon, click in the colour list to the right of the icon.
Note that whilst the icons within the Waypoint Manager are not identical to the Lowrance icon set, there is an equivalent icon within the Waypoint Manager for each Lowrance icon.
·Display Status can be one of Icon and Name, Icon Only or Hidden, and can be chosen by using the drop-down list (2).
·Alarm radius is specified in kilometres or nautical miles, depending on the current unit settings, and can be entered in the Alarm field (3). A value of zero means that no alarm radius is set. An alarm radius for a waypoint is displayed in the map view as a red circle of the appropriate size.
·The currently selected waypoint(s) can be deleted by clicking on the Delete button (4), which will also close the Waypoint Edit window. Note that this action can be undone via the undo command.
·To save any changes, and close the edit window, click the Save and Close button (5), or to close the edit window and discard any changes, click the Cancel button (6). Note that changes are only saved internally in the Waypoint Manager - data must be exported before any changes are saved to disk.
Editing Multiple Waypoints
Editing more than one waypoint at once is similar to editing a single waypoint, with a few key differences:
Any changes made in the edit window will apply to all of the selected waypoints, but it is unlikely that all of the waypoints selected for editing are identical - they will differ by some attributes, such as latitude and longitude - and we would like to retain these distinct values after the editing operation.
In order to enable groups of waypoints to be edited without changing these attributes, any fields which differ between the waypoints selected for editing are shown as empty, with a pink background:
In the example above, we can see that the fields name, latitude, longitude, time and depth vary across the group of three waypoints that have been selected for editing. All of the other fields, including icon, colour, display status, alarm radius and description (empty, in this case) are identical across all three selected waypoints.
Note that fields shown with pink backgrounds, that contain multiple values across waypoints, can still be modified in the normal way, if required. However, once edited, any new value will be applied to all of the selected waypoints. If the field is not edited, the original values for the selected waypoints will be retained.
One extra function is shown in the Waypoint Edit window only when multiple waypoints have been selected: The Enumerate Waypoints function allows for a group of waypoints to be renamed with names that incorporate an incrementing number, of the form <base_name>NN.
To enumerate a group of selected waypoints, specify a base name in the field provided, and specify the starting number in the start index field. Note that numbering will start using the value provided in this field, and increment by one for each subsequent waypoint. For example, enumerating a selection of three waypoints using a base name of "Waypoint_" and a start index of 1 results in the selected waypoints being renamed "Waypoint_1", "Waypoint_2" and "Waypoint_3".
Note that waypoints are enumerated in the order in which they were selected prior to the Edit window being opened.
Quick Edit and the Right-Click Menu
When any waypoints are selected, the Waypoint Quick Edit box is shown within the EDIT menu. The Quick Edit Box is a fast way of changing waypoints' icon, colour or display status:
The same quick-edit options are also displayed in the right-click menu for one or more selected waypoints, in either the waypoint list or map views.
Creating New Waypoints
A new waypoint can be created by using the New Waypoint button in either the EDIT menu or Waypoint Panel, by clicking with the left mouse button in the map or sonar views when the mouse is in drop waypoint mode, or by right-clicking in open space within the map or sonar views and selecting Create Waypoint from the menu.
The New Waypoint window is almost identical to the Waypoint Edit window, with the addition of an extra button, Save and New. The Save and New button saves the current waypoint and immediately creates a new waypoint for editing in the same window. The new waypoint will be populated with the same details as the previously saved one, making this a fast way to enter a series of similar waypoints.
Creating a Route from Selected Waypoints
Multiple waypoints can be selected and turned into a new route. To do this, first select a series of waypoints, in the order in which they are to appear in the final route, and then click either the Route from Waypoints button in the EDIT menu quick edit box, or choose the Create Route option from the waypoint right-click menu:
More more information on creating routes, see Routes.