Using Marks





You can use marks to save locations, to record and access information about a location, and to navigate to a location. You can also use marks to measure the distance and bearing to a point, or read-off lat long or grid coordinates.

To create a Mark, use the Overlays, Add New Mark menu command. A mark is created at the center of the screen, and you can drag it to adjust its position with the green four-way arrow handle. If you touch anywhere else on the map, the handle disappears, but it is shown again if you tap on the location of the mark. (Note, you have to select the point at the bottom of the flag-staff, not the top of the flag).

To record your current GPS position, first touch the Lock button to move the map so the GPS is at the center of the screen, then touch the Mark button to create a mark. The places the mark at the precise GPS location.

It is also possible to use the configurable Drop Mark button, to create a custom mark at your current GPS location.

To measure a bearing and distance from your current location, or to view lat long or grid coordinates, create a mark and drag it to the point you are interested in. The coordinates, bearing and distance are displayed above the mark.

You can use Main Menu > Settings > Units > Position format to display and enter coordinates in your choice of grid system, such as UTM or British National Grid, instead of the default lat-long.

When using a touch-screen or stylus, a blue pop-up menu button is shown when the mark is tapped. Tapping this shows the context menu for the mark, which can also be accessed by right-clicking with a mouse. The context menu allows you to delete the mark, edit it, or, if it has an associated URL, open information about the mark in the web browser. For example, if you import a GPX file containing points of interest, you can access detailed information on the web about each point. Editing a mark allows you to give it a meaningful name, change the icon or color, edit the position using lat-long or grid coordinates, enter a text comment, or enter the linked URL.

Mark Context Menu

If you select "Go To" in the popup menu, you can use the on-screen arrow pointer and navigation data to help you get to that location. The data on the Goto page gives you more detailed information such as ETA, VMG, etc.

Selecting Edit Mark show this dialog

If you want the name of the mark to be displayed on the map instead of an icon, edit the mark, click Icon, and select "Name" in the drop-down control. You can also display multi-line text on the map by selecting "Notes" as the icon.

When editing the position of a mark, you don't have to enter the degrees, minutes or seconds symbol in the Latitude and Longitude. Just about any non-numeric character will work, except the decimal point (which is interpreted as a number) , the hemispheres (N, S, E, W),  and comma or space (which separate lat from long). For example, on the number keypad you could type "51+25+32.3n 1+34+59.7w" instead of 51°25'32.3"N, 1°34'59.7"W.


See below for information on importing and exporting marks.




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