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Start-up guide of ediTrail

In this little guide I will try to explain these initial points that will help you to manage the program on that first run. It is not simply a manual, is a guide to give you a boost to you come to understand the philosophy of the program and to quickly advance their understanding and management.

Introduction^

Once you start program for the first time, you will see that the program is in a window and you can see that it is divided into two distinct parts, a first, the table and, a second, the map.


We will see the table later, since the first time you start the programa will be empty, and let's focus on the map. The map is a control, type Google maps, with the difference that to drag the map, (map displacement), to move it, is done with the right mouse button, and not with the left as in the Google maps. The zoom is equal, by turning the thumb wheel on the mouse.

Where does the map? This is the first question that you get, and the answer is that there are many providers of maps on the internet and what I did was take any providers and insert them in the program. Each of these providers have satellital maps, orthophotos, topographic, street-map, etc, and you can select the provider that you want, to get the map you want to edit your trails or view them or whatever you want. To select providers you must go to the menu "configure/map options", and you will pop up a dialog box with a list of selectable providers. Choose one and click 'OK', and you'll see that the map is changed. Performs this operation with several providers so you're seeing the kind of maps that offer each of those providers, and stay with that more you like.


In the tests I've been doing, and given the fact that what I do, is to create routes on trails and roads, prefer "BingHibridMapProvider" provider, I have seen which is the fastest loading and contains photos up to a fairly large zoom. When you change your provider, be patient, since it usually takes some of time to load the maps for the first time.



There is a "slider bar" to the left of the window with which you'll do there are "more table", lowering, or "more map", raising it. Depending on what you're doing you can click with the left button of the mouse, and without releasing it, drag it up or down, as desired, to see more table or more map.


If you look at the bottom of the program, you will see a first bar empty and with white background which is the "status bar", where it will be writing messages what you go doing. And just to the right of that bar, you'll see another black background bar, in which you will go viewing coordinates "Latitude, longitude, Z MDT, Zoom of the map". (The text as the background color, can be configured by the user, like almost everything else, menu "Configure/Program options").


The "Z MDT" will be only seem in the case that you have enabled the option of "MDT / view data of the MDT in the map", but be careful! Even if you activate it, you must have access to the DTMs registering and paying you 6 euros, on page buy access MDT. We'll see about access to DTMs later.

"The map Zoom" has a number, as you approach or stay away from the ground. The closer you are greater it will be the number of zoom, and is the system used by all providers of maps. There are providers that reach one zoom 20, others to 24, but you can zoom to number 24, which does not mean that there are data, and when you do a too large zoom where there are no data for that provider, will be seem the screem empty on white color, which does not mean that you can not work with the edition of trails, but that you simply won't see the ground so close. The best thing is that you try it, zoom as far as possible, and you will see how there comes a time that there are no data.

Trails edition. Create a new trail.^

Now we will explain how to make your first trail, directly, just start-up the program. To create/edit trails will need the "toolbar Edition", which contains all the necessary options to proceed to the creation/editing of trails. This toolbar arises in two ways, namely; by selecting the "Tools/Tool bar trails edition" menu, or by clicking on the last button of the toolbar embedded in the top of the program window.


I could be technical and explain one to one the buttons, but I think that it is easier to make an example in which I create a trail, and go explaining the buttons as we are going to use them. Yes I must say that at the moment you select/use a button, the program passes to "EDIT MODE", which means that you can not do anything in the menus or in the table above, or anything, and you can only use the buttons of the toolbar trails edition, until you click "EXIT/SAVE EDITION" which is the last button on the right of the edit toolbar.


Thus, in our case, we want to create a new trail, the first thing will be to zoom to the area where you want to create it, and after that use the first button of the Edit toolbar, named 'Create trail', (actually, for starters, we can use several buttons, namely: the second, "Select trail/WayPoint", the fourth "new WayPoint", the fifth "delete WayPoint" and the sixth "Delete Trail/vertex".) If you try to use another button, the program will show you a message in the "lower status bar" which says "You must first select a trail to use this option"), and once clicked, 'Create trail', the program from the "status bar" tells us that we must select the first point on the same. Click it, in this case in a car parking beside the Guadarrama River in Las Rozas, and we'll see how once clicked that first point if we move the mouse without using any button, as a "Yellow" rubber band, (can be configured as you like), is waiting for that click you the second point...


The program, on the map, takes you a label that writes the length of the trail in which you are, so far, as well as the Z-point that contains the "little cross" which marks the active vertex. And you can now click on the second point, and drag the map with the right button of the mouse or make zoon with the wheel, and the third, etc. And you will see how it is changing the length of the trail in the label that is getting on the active vertex.


Now it is important to explain that you can "draw freehand" the trail. So, if you click on the next point of the trail and let down the mouse left button, you'll see that if you're moving your mouse around the map it is go creating a point, in principle every 10 meters, this can be changed in the menu "Configure/Map graphic edition mode options", and configure it to create a point every 20 meters, or every 5 meters, or whatever you want. Beware with the number of TrackPoints you are creating, because there are GPS receivers that have limited them for the trails. With this, without releasing the left mouse button, the vertex are created above the way you want, without having to go clicking one by one. That Yes, we must have sensitivity with the mouse movement.


When you let go of the left mouse button, will create the point where is the "rubber bande", and you will be asked that click in the next point, which you can do it, by clicking one by one or "Freehand" again.

Now, suppose that I have confused me and I click in a point that could not be, the last, and I'm out of the way, as you can see in the following image.


As well, without finishing the editing or anything, (i.e. with the rubber band activated, as if is not active the rubber band would you say it that it will remove the entire trial, and that is not what we want), but simply select the button "delete trail/vertex".


click it, and we see as the active vertex disappears, which has the little cross, in our case the last created.


That vertex is deleted with this, and we can finish our trail quietly.


Now, before the fnish of the edition of the trail and save it, do one thing. Click on the buttons on the Trails edition toolbar, that you can read "Next vertex" and "Previous vertex", (the seventh and eighth button from the left), and you'll see as the active vertex, where is the little red cross, it is moving to the previous and next vertex.


And you'll also see how the yellow "rubber band" now relies on two vertices, the active with the little cross and label, and the next of the trail. So, if now you click with the mouse in a point off the trail you'll see how is created a new vertex between these two on which was the rubber band.


With this system you can create points between vertices. All you want. But no less important, rather than create a new vertex, is to "Move a vertex". To do this, just press the third button of the toolbar "Activate move vertex". When pressed, it is marked, (enabled), and means that, from now on, if you're on a vertex, and click on any point of the map, the active vertex, the3 vertex of the little cross, it will move to this new position, as shown in the image with the point that we have created.(once moved the vertex, the program goes to the next point and you can go moving all the vertices without stopping, one after another, in a simple way).


Thus, while the third button is activated, "Activate move vertex", will not create any new vertex, but it will move the active vertex. If you want to back to create vertices, simply deactivate the third button "Active move vertex" and you will see that when you click on a point, a new vertex will be created.

To learn there is nothing better than tinker with. Do it and find your best way to edit.

When you're editing, you can also make several trails at the same time. To finish the trail in which you are and not leave the edition mode, but go to create another trail or choose a vertex to edit, you should press the middle button of the mouse on the wheel. Once you click it, it will come out of the creation of vertices and you'll be able to use other options. For example, let's use the option "Select trail/WayPoint". Click on the second button of the Edit toolbar and approached the vertex that you wish, by clicking close to it, close to the trail, (from "close" can be set in the menu "configure/Map graphic edition mode options").By default is configurated to 5 pixels around the clicked point), and see how it's activated to create/move vertices, leaving us the rubber band in the active/selected vertex, and the next. With this we can change the active vertex without need to click in "previous vertex" / "next vertex" for thousand times, and can also use as we are with the active rubber band; click in "Select trail/WayPoint" and click on the vertex you want to activate.

Also, once you press the middle button of the mouse, we can create new trails, which we want. Whenever we want to finish a trail. without leaving of edition mode, to create another, just press the middle mouse button. And continuously, as well as want.


After explaining the system of trails creation, we can see the most important tools of "Edition of trails", which are "Break trail", "Join trail", "Invert trail", since with these three tools we will be able to do anything about the trail or trails.

Each one of these three buttons can only be used when you are over a trail, or when we have selected some vertex and the rubber band is active, but the program, we will not let to use them. For example, if we have two trails and want to join them; it's not important the active vertex where you are, use the join button, and if you click on the another trail, will join the two into one. Always, always, will be taken the last or first point of the active trail depending on which of the two points are closest to the active point. so if the active vertex, in which you are is more closer than the last point of that trail will join that last active point with the trail you select. Also happens that according to where click on the trail to join it will join with the last or first point, and the program will always choose the end nearest to the clicked point.




And for "break trail" simply having active any vertex, where we are seeing the rubber bands on the active vertex and the next, use the "Break trail" button, and you will see how it is divided into two. In the picture below I have broken the active trail into many pieces by clicking on the "Break trail" button. And have been created as many trails as pieces have gone breaking.



The order "Invert trail" is very useful, and is used as a trick to be able to edit; that is, when you are adding vertices, in the event that you want to add to the beginning of the trail, the program does not let you because it always shows the active vertex and THE NEXT, so what you can not add points at the beginning of the trail, but for this you can use the command "Invert trail", since once used the direction of the trail change and the first point is the last of the trail, by which you can add points. It's important to remember to put the correct direction when you finish to edit the trail, since the order of trackpoints change also, and maybe is not for that location where you want to start the trail.

With this of invert also is used as a trick when you are inserting points between vertices, since when you insert a point, the program put you the next point as active, and in the event that you are editing backwards can be quite messy, since you must be continuously changing of vertex. Well, this means when you see in the position, in any edition, but well, say that using the option "Invert trail", you can do the direction in which the active vertex goes moving that you want to go faster. Also as you edit, can be inverted by what ever exit of the vertices edition. You must tinker with the edition of trails to understand these tricks.

Well, above, I will explain the "New WayPoint" button, which should be used without that no vertex is active and which does what its name suggests, the "Delete WayPoint" button, which will delete all marked WayPoints. And how are they marked? As with the second button, "Sselect trail/WayPoint"; you're clicking on the WayPoints and they change to red colour the selected, and once you've selected that you want to delete, then use the "Delete WayPoints" button.


And, finally, the buttons "Delete trail/vertex", we have already used it to delete vertex, but in the event that there is no active trail/any vertex, i.e. is not seem the rubber band, the program will ask you that you click on a trail to delete it completely. And the button "Move trail/WayPoint selected", with which, first select a trail, and when you have selected a trail, and a vertex, course, you select this option, and the program will ask you that we indicate to which point of the map you want to move the entire trail, from the active vertex, and when you click, the trail it'll be moved completely in equidistant way, (you must take into account that will move the trail with their associated WayPoints. The program automatically determines which WayPoints are those that correspond to each trail depending on how close are of the trail). In the event that you have not selected any trail and you have selected a Waypoint, then the selected waypoint will be moved to the new position. (Will move only the last selected waypoint, so although you can select several, will move only the last, since this is done one by one).


Once you finish to messy, press last button in the edition toolbar, "EXIT/SAVE EDITION".



The program will ask you if you want to save the changes, and you have three responses:

  • Yes: The "Edition mode" will finish, and all trails that are on the map are saved, both the new and the old. The news will have the name "New trail".
  • No: The "Edition mode" will finish, and any modifications that have been made about the trails you already have or new, will be discarded and they'll be not able to recover never.
  • Cancel or close button of the message window. The window cross: It will return to mode edition so that you can continue working.

And now, enlarge you the part of the table with the slider bar on the left and you'll see the trails created or modified.


View terrain in 3D. Contour lines^

As already mentioned in the features of the program's home page we have everything that we see on the map in 3D, with the elevation as you move the mouse by it, as well as the contour lines and longitudinal profile, if you wish. This is gotten because I've uploaded to a server all files of elevations of the Earth taken every 90 metres and each 30 meters for the United States, thanks to the SRTM mission to the year 2000. Each of these files represents a degree latitude and one degree longitude, which means that to have a point each 90 meters, which are 3 seconds of arc, each file of 1 grade contains 1440000 points, and each file SRTM1, for the United States, contains 12960000, so to manage them I have developed in low level with load of large memory blocks to increase the speed and make it manageable.

It is one thing to have the points every 90 metres, and another thing to have the elevation at any point, for that there is to calculate the digital terrain model, which is the creation of triangles between the points, and to do this I used a fairly optimized algorithm of creation of triangulation, using Voronoi polygons to extract the Delaunay Triangulation very fast, but even so you will notice that the more points you have, will slow down, so I've configurated a limit, which can be configured by the user in the menu "Configure/DTM options", 1 million points for making a triangulation, so that, in the event that you try to create a triangulation with more points, the program will warn you that you take care, already that if you try to create a DTM with more of 4 or 5 million of points, the waiting time can be unbearable.

Well, what I have primacy has been simplicity front customization, so therefore the user there is no why learn nothing, and the program takes care of everything, that is, the program will calculate the triangulation of the area displayed without asking anything. i.e. when you use the order "Recalculate MDT" what are you telling the program what it download of Internet the points in the area that you are seeing, calculate you the triangulation and contour lines with a predefined equidistance, (configurable in the menu "Configure/ DTM options"), so it will be all automatic and you don't have to understand anything about cartography. You get what you want with a single button.

As you have already read, having these files on an internet server so that everyone can have access, costs money, and I'm not going to pay me only, so if you want to have access to the display in 3D, contouring and profiles, you will have to help pay for the server; If you do not it, you will get a message letting know you that until you don't do it you won't have access to 3D. Check out the URL pay access to the server

Well, and after all this technical bore, move on to explain how to view and work with the program in 3D. And the first thing that I must explain is that for every trail we make will create its own associated DTM, and is saved in a file, with what digital model will be loaded as you go changing of trail. These files of DTM will be saved, all, in the directory where the trail file ".trl" is saved, more a directory that will be created, named "DTMs", and that is not configurable by the user.

So, to tell the program to load the DTM files, whenever you are over a trail in the table, you must activate the menu option "DTM/view DTM data on map". As you can see in the image below, all options to use the MDT are disabled while you do not activate this option. Then you can activate, or not, the option "View contour lines interpolated" and "View contour lines directors".


But, beware! To activate this option you tell the program showing the DTM to the active trail, and as we are just starting and don't have any trail, will not be seem nothing. So if moving mouse you don't see the elevation in the coordinates bar of the bottom-right corner of the main window, (i.e. will be seem a -1,000 or -2,000 or -3,000), or contour lines, means that for the active trail or to active view, (since even if there is no active trail you can calculate the DTM for the active view, although it will not be saved in a file, it is temporary), the digital model is not calculated yet, so you'll have to use the menu option "DTM/Recalculate DTM".


If you don't do this you will not see the elevation or contour lines on the active view. When you run this option the program will calculate the digital model for the active view (if there is less than 1 million points, than it will let know you the program), and after calculating the digital terrain model, and contour lines, it will associate it to the active trail, if there are any active. So now, whenever you pass by the trail in question, the DTM will not be calculated again, but that DTM file saved, will be loaded which is much faster. In the event that there is no trail, the program will present the temporary digital model of the area in question, but not will be saved in any file, as in the case of the following image of Everest.


If you move the mouse around the screen you'll see that on "Coordinates bar", (in the bottom right of the program), you have the "DTM Z", and I've changed the contour lines color to another color in the menu "configure/Map options" and equidistance each 100 metres in the menu "Configure/DTM options".

Now, without going into details of the table which will be explained later, open the example file that comes in the installation, which is named "MisRutas.trl" where there are many trails that we can tinker with. Some are mine and others I downloaded them of web pages of trails using "gpx" files. Well, open the file that is in the directory "My Documents\ediTrail".


As simple as go navigating by the trails, and in the case that the DTM is not calculated to use the "Recalculate DTM" option. But be careful and verify that in the active view you must only see the area that you want of the DTM, as the area is smaller as quickt the digital model is loaded. The digital terrain model will not be calculated until that "Recalculate DTM" option is used, except in the case that you have activated the "View DTM data on map" option and you import a trail in "gpx", you make a new trail with the editing tools, or you import a trail from a drawing in CAD, then the program will automatically calculate the digital model terrain.




Another interesting detail is that, as already mentioned, whenever you activate/select a trail, (row), the program it will load the file "DTM" calculated for that trail, and this can take time, (less than half a second), and may annoy you, but if you are in a single area, the ideal would be that if one of the digital models of trails is usable for all trails, then that does not change of DTM, but will stay with the DTM used for all trails, and so there is an option within the "configure/DTMo ptions" menu, named "Fix the DTM file, to all the trails in the active file, to the current", which if you enable it the program will understand that the DTM that is currently loaded you do not want to change it even you move to another trail and will leave it always fixed for all trails by which you move, while it is activated. It is for this reason that already the DTM files will not be loaded everytime you move to another trail, and you will see the DTM which was active at the time of activate this option. This makes that you move more smoothly along the trails. Logically, if there is any trail that is not within that DTM calculated, then it is preferable that you disable it. This option is disabled, by itself, in the case that you start the program, you open a file or you create a new file.


I usually do is select all the trails that I go to work, and then I'll see them drawn on the map, and in this moment I use the "DTM/Recalculate DTM" option, and after I activate the "Fix DTM" option.

When you recalculate the DTM for a trail, is also calculated the longitudinal profile of the DTM automatically, but if you don't have it, you can calculate it with the "DTM/Calculate Z of the trail over the DTM" option. In the following two images we see how the first is not calculated the longitudinal profile and DTM, and the second is the result after "Recalculate DTM".



The trails table. How to export the edited trail to the GPS receiver/mobile.^

The word that best defines this program is "simplicity", and that has been my intention to do it, since I've seen a lot of programs that may be to do the same, but is not that they are complicated to use, but the following. They have thousand buttons with thousand options, and in the end you don't know what you're doing, is why I have raised a goal and I have come to it in the easiest way. You have a database of trails which are displayed on the map, and you can edit them easily, and that is all. And that is what the program does.

As this is a quick guide, I am not going to explain each of the options one by one, but I will try to explain the program with practical examples. And there is nothing more practical to consider making a trail somewhere and try to have it to export it to the GPS receiver or mobile and go to the ground and follow it. And that's what I'll do here to explain the table.

Suppose that I want to make a trail through the area of the Cantizal-Villanueva del Pardillo, starting in a parking lot that is in the "Bridge of Retamar", I know, by the area of Madrid. So the first thing I do is go to web pages that contain the area's trails and that can get the "gpx" file, and so there is no better site than Wikiloc. I do a search for "Villanueva del pardillo puente de retamar" and I get a few trails.


I'm going to the first one, I see if the area is correct and I click to "Download" gpx file including locations, "WayPoints".


It asks me where I want to download, and here I have to say that the ediTrail installation creates several directories for all this. First create the "My documents/ediTrail" directory, and from that it create the directory "ediTrail/files to import", "ediTrail/exported files", "ediTrail/photos", "ediTrail/images", etc, (these directories can be configured in the "Configure/Program folders" menu). Thus, to be keep we save it in the "ediTrail/files to import" directory.

Once saved the "gpx" file, not close the web page of that trail and proceed to import it into the program ediTrail. I use the "File/Import trails" option or click on the toolbar second button, which is "Import".


And arises a dialog box that asks me that I want to do with the imported trail:


  • Create a new trail with the imported TrackPoints: will create a new trail with the imported file.
  • Replace the TrackPoints of the active trail with the imported TrackPoints: When the cursor is on a trail, then will activate this button, if you want to replace all the TrackPoints of that trail for the tackpoints in the file, without change the WayPoints or definition of the trail. All trackpoints of the active trail, on which is the cursor will be deleted.
  • Insert the imported TrackPoints at the beginning of the active trail: if it lets you to choose this option (as long as you are on a trail in the table), then the imported points will be imported at the beginning of the active trail and existing ones will not be deleted.
  • Insert the imported TrackPoints in the active TrackPoint: With this button, in the event you have the cursor on a specific trackpoint, the imported points are inserted from the TrackPoint on which you are, without deleting the previous or subsequent points
  • Insert the imported TrackPoints to the end of the active trail: If it lets you to choose this option (as long as you are on a trail in the table), then the imported points will be wroten at the end of the active trail and existing ones will not be deleted.

This dialog box appears only in the event that you import a single trail, but you must know that you can import up to 500 "gpx" files at the same time, and where you can select more than one "gpx" file to import, not ask you, one by one what you want to do with them, but it will create a new trail for each of them.

Continuing with the example, push in "Create a new trail" and the file is imported in the table, and as I have activated "DTM/View DTM data on map" option, automatically the contouring and longitudinal profile is calculated over the digital terrain model. In the next image looks as it would be, and I have capture, below, the longitudinal profile, both coming from the TrackPoints taken by GPS receiver, in green, as calculated on the MDT, in red.


Must now take into account one small detail, and is that the DTM for every traile is saved in a file, and that file begins with the name of the trails file, so in the case that concerns us not we put name to the trails file, so the DTM will be saved without a name, which means that when we put a name to the trails file then the program will not find the DTM file and will have to recalculate again. In other words, so that you don't have problems with the DTM files, in the moment you create a trail, save the trails file with a name, so that, from that moment the program will recognize the calculated digital models.

So, we save the file in which we are working, and we put it a name "Villanueva.trl". Once that I have saved the DTM will disappears, and I have to recalculate it again since the DTM file is not found as we have indicated in the previous paragraph.


And now, take a look to the table that there is in the program, to see what each field, (column), that is for each trail.


  • Number: This field is intended to make the trail defined somehow, by a number, but I use it to put what in Wikiloc name the ID for IPhone/Android, since if I write that 'ID' in my mobile find me the trail automatically, without having to search for it. In the next image we can see of where you get it on Wikiloc page. Very useful to download trails to your mobile directly.


  • User: This field is intended for the user name, which can be which has made the trail, and so then you can sort them by this field. But, as all columns, you can use it for whatever you want.
  • Name: Here you can write the name of the trail, and will be the field where gets the name of the "gpx" files.
  • Description: Here you can write the description of the trail, and will be the field where gets the description of the "gpx" files. I only left to write 500 characters maximum.
  • Technical dificulty: There are up to five levels of difficulty to the trail. This field is not in the "gpx" file and you will have to fill it you, manually.
  • Activity type: Refers to how you've done that trail, if hiking, motorbike, boat, airplane, etc. This field is not in the "gpx" file and you will have to fill it you, manually.
  • Location: Place where the trail has been done. Also you can go writing "Aragón-Zaragoza", more than anything because this field is by which I usually sort trails. By zones, and for this reason I describe it the best I can, since it can be to have 10000 trails in the file and I want to gain access to them that interests me quickly. This field is not in the "gpx" file and you will have to fill it you, manually.
  • Recorded date: Refers to the date in which the trail was made. Is created automatically when you import it.
  • Uploaded Date: Date which has been uploaded on Internet. This field is not in the "gpx" file and you will have to fill it you, manually. (I have not prepared him to still use it)
  • URL: Is for that I haven't closed the web page, with Wikiloc, to write the URL address of the web page where is this trail in this field. And in addition, when you click with the right button of the mouse over the url, the default explorer will be opened with that web page, which is very useful to be able to see other aspects of the tral that may be on the web page.


  • Number of photos: Here, you will see a number that indicates the number of photos in total, that is in the trail, counting that there are in all the WayPoints. The theme of the photos will be see in another part, but say it aren't imported directly from the "gpx" file, but that I have created a tool that will allow you to associate the photos that have made to your trail and WayPoints, automatically, without having to do it manually, but we already see it later.


  • Photos: Here are the photos of the trail, which can be up to 20, (and 10 photos for each WayPoint), and say that for you to see them well in the table, if you want, you should make wider the row, and to move you by the photos, click left button of the mouse to go to the previous photo and click right button of the mouse to go to the next photo, directly on the column. If you push with double click of the left mouse button over the photographs the "Image viewer" will be open, to view and manage photos. I insist that for this will have a section where will be explained more calmly as manage photos.


  • Loop: This column determines whether the trail is circular/loop or not. The program will determine it automatically calculating the distance from the start point to the end point, and if this distance is less than the value set by the user in the menu "Configure/Program options", then will be marked as circular. By default this value is set to 50 meters.
  • Distance: Here the total length of the trail will be calculated.
  • Elevation max.: Which is the highest elevation of the trail.
  • Elevation min.: Which is the lower elevation of the trail.
  • Elevation gain uphill: Here will be the distance that runs uphill.
  • Elevation gain downhill: Here will be the distance that runs downhill.
  • Time: Total time that has been invested to make the trail. This is calculated on the basis of the TrackPoints, since all of them have the time in which they were taken.
  • Number of TrackPoints: The total number of trackpoints taken to define the trail.
  • Number of WayPoints The total number of waypoints taken in the trail.
  • Huso: According to the geographical longitude of the first point/trackpoint taken in the trail a UTM zone will be configured by default. A UTM zone for the calculation of the XY coordinates in UTM.

Following example, I've found three trails, which are adapted to what we are looking for in the area, so I do the same operation with the three trails that I have done for the first, and I import them in the table, and copy the data of the "ID" and the URL. When you enable, (click with the mouse button in a row of a trail), a row in the table, see the trail drawn on the map, but also can be activated more than one row, by clicking with the left mouse button and the "Ctrl" key, or we can drag the mouse cursor through the rows with the left mouse button clicked, or can press on the first trail in the table and after down the "Shift" key clicking in the last trail. The system is the same as that followed with a table in EXCEL program. Well, once marked, selected, all trails, we will see that all are drawn on the map, look at the following image:


You can see that each one of the trails is drawn with a different color, and this is done to post, so if you have several trails in the same area, you can know which is which, just by color. This can be configured in the "Configure/Map options" menu, where you choose up to six colors for the trails, that is, that the first drawn trail will take the first color, the second the second color, until the sixth, and the seventh will have the first color, and thus continuously. Is quite useful, because if not, it is difficult to determine what each trail, in the case that concerns us, or in the case of having many trails in an area.


Once you have marked/selected all trails, "Recalculate the DTM" and "Fix the DTM", (menu "configure/DTM options", "Fix the DTM file, for all the trails in the active file, to the current"), as I explained in the previous section.

I came to the parking where I want to start the trail, and see that there is one of them which continues along the road that goes over the bridge which is what I want to follow. So I'm going to take that trail as that I want to do, but modifying it to my way to be shorter, in the area of "Las Cuestas", (which is a residential area that is there), and crossing the Guadarram River by the only place that you can cross on foot. I go to blue colour and the black trail, I use the toolbar of "Edition of trails" to take advantage of the stretchs that are drawn by where I want to go, and I make my trail.


Did not enter into great detail of how edit them, but breaking the blue and black trail, leaving me with segments ranging along the same trail, joining trails, and that's all. It is simple. Also you can create the trail manually, point to point, or freehand. Well the new trail would be then shown in magenta as you can see in the next image.


Now, as it is a new trail created for you is not on Wikiloc page, and you can't export it to your mobile, but that has solution. Just as Wikiloc user can upload your trails, so export it to ".gpx" file.


From your "Wikiloc" account use the "Upload trails" option in the upper left corner of your user page:


Clicl in the "browse" button in the "Select the file containing the GPS tracklogs and waypoints to upload" option:


Select the GPS file, ".gpx", with trails and points of interest to publish, what you have just exported from the program "ediTrail":


And once you upload it, you'll see it in "Your trails" on your Wikiloc page:


And now we do what we did to load Wikiloc trails to the ediTrail program. Click where it's written "View details" in the trail you just upload on your Wikiloc page:


Click on "Download" and take note of the 'ID' of wikiloc that will get us very well to upload it to the mobile phone:



I Copy that ID to the "Number" field in the trails file, to export it on the mobile phone, (remember that to "Edit" a field you must press double click on the desired field):


Now I open the "Wikiloc" program on mobile phone and use the button "Navigate", and in the last line asks you to text or the "ID" of the trail to search, and there write us the ID of the trail:


The program, in the phone mobile, searchs the trail with that ID, finds it, and presents it to you on screen. You return to the main menu, click on 'Saved trails', and there is the trail that we just download, and already I can select it to follow it when I go to do it:


The truth is that there is no other system to load the trail on your mobile phone directly, with the program Wikiloc, and would be one of the things that could still be changed. Simply, create an option of "load trail from GPS file, ".gpx"", to avoid having to do so long detour.

In the case of we have a garmin GPS or another brand, will admit "gpx" file directly, without any problems.

The trails table. Features.^

The idea of the program, in addition to the edition of trails, is to have a data base with all the trails you wish, in an easy way, so you can access them quickly, without having to go online. The table has no limit of trails, and also you can create several trails files, which makes that, if you wish, you can group them in different ways.

In this section we will see how to manage the table, and how to enter the photographs you have of each trail, in the same.

To begin with, we will open the "MisRutas.trl" file that's installed with the installation and which is recorded in the "My documents/ediTrail" directory. As we can see in the picture below, is a list of trails, in which I fill the field location to determine where each trail was made. Some are mine, others I downloaded them from various internet pages in ".gpx".


We see how it's handled the table explaining the most common options:

  • Sorting:The first we are going to see is that trails can be sorted according to a specific field, so if you press with the left button of the mouse on the 'Date recorded' column header, we'll see that it has a mark as a small arrow beside the header, indicating that the table has been sorted by the 'Date recorded" field. But that is not all, since, as in EXCEL, you can sort by several columns, so if we want to have the table sorted by the 'Date recorded' field, and also sorted by the "Number" field, if we leave pressed the "Shift" key, and click on the the header column 'Number', the table will be sorted by "Date recorded" first, and "Number" second. And so continuously if we want more sorting.


  • Rows and columns size:With the mouse can resize rows and columns, placing us between two rows and two columns, where the cursor changes shape, and we can make more large or small row or column. If you press with double click when you see the cursor to "resize column" shape, we will see that the column in question shall be as large as the text that has within it.

  • Attributes:By clicking on the symbol that appears beside the name of each column header, see how a list is showed where you can choose, according to a word, the data we want to see in the table. If for example, I just want to see those trail which "Activity type" is Hiking in the table, only I have to click on the header of the column "Activity type" and choose "Hiking", so I will see in the table only those trails that have been made through hiking. Also see the symbol of "Attributes" in the header of that column has been cahnged to another color, indicating that the table is taking into account an attribute, (condition). This can be done with multiple columns, if you wish it, which makes finding a datum is very simple, and work with a specific group of trails, more easy.


    There is also, which is called "Custom attribute", and by clicking on it, will pop up a dialog box in which you can choose as to condition the field according to a range of data


    You must remember remove attributes when you want to work with the entire table, since it is very common to forget that you have an enabled attribute, which looks because the attribute symbol is in a different color (blue by default). Down the list of attributes of a column and select "All" from the list to enable the display of all data.

  • View/Not view certain columns:There are columns that, maybe, you do not want that it's showed while you work, either because they do not interest you or because you want to resize other columns more large, and don't fit on the screen. For this you have two systems that allow you to "remove" columns of the tabla:

    • Drag the header off the table: You click on a column header of the table, and leave the left mouse button down so that you drag the column off the table, for example, upward out of the program main window, and release the mouse left button. You'll see how that column has disappeared. The following image shows how I do to disappear the "Zone UTM" column by dropping it where you see the cross on top right part of the program main window.


    • Dialog box "View/not view columns": in the upper left corner of the table, there is a symbol as a table, that if you let up the mouse without clicking, over it, will read something like "Click here to show Field Chooser.". So if you click you will pop up the following dialog box where you can make those columns that you've removed of the table can appear again, or you can hide the columns you want.


  • Edit: To edit any column of the table, you can do so by pressing with double click on the cell in any column, but keep in mind that there are several fields that are "Read-only", that is, that they cannot edit, namely: "Distance", "Elevation max.", "Elevation min.", etc, and there are other fields that allow different editing/viewing access, for example, when you press with double click on the "URL" will allow you to edit the cell and write the "URL" you want, but if you click with the mouse right button on the same column, will open the Internet browser you have, by default, and will try to go to that URL to show it to you. Another example are the photos, because in the column of the photos, if you click on a cell with photos, with the mouse right button you will see the next photo of the active trail, and if you click with the mouse left button the previous photo, and if you press with double click, then you opens the "Images viewer", with the picture in which you were in that cell.

  • Group by column: This is one of the best options that has table and allows the entire table to be group according to a column. That is, suppose, as it is the case that I have in my file each of the trails with its location, (i.e. in the place which the trail was done), and now I want to sort this table by "Location". Well, I can do it by clicking on the "Location" column header, and it will be sorted, but it is much better click with the left button of the mouse on the "Location" column, and leave the button to drag that column, where is written "Drag a column header here to group by that column", as shown in the image:


    And we see how the table is grouped by that column. This is wonderful because you can see only what you want. You can also group by multiple columns, so if you want you can group by "Location" and later by "Date recorded", and more; whatever you want to.



    To "ungroup" any column, you will have to drag the name of the column in the area of 'Groups' to the table, again, and that's all.

  • Change the display order of columns: Same in excel you can change the order of the columns, simply click on a header and drag it to make it the first column you see, or whatever you want.

  • Inheritance: Table is divided into "Trails", which in turn are divided into "TrackPoints" and "WayPoints", and to represent this, what better way than hereditary form. I.e., that each trail, clicking on the symbol "+" that you have on your left, opens the possibility of accessing the "TrackPoints", (points that define the trail), and its "WayPoints," (specific points that are created so that you can take pictures, or to indicate a cross or something important). So, you can see in the following image the data that make up each trail.



  • Click on a TrackPoint or WayPoint on table or map:If you open the vertices, TrackPoints, of a trail and click on one, you'll see that on map will show a little red cross, (by default, but you can set the color and thickness in the map options), on the vertex in question on the map, can as well locate, and the same on the WayPoints. This also occurs in a reciprocal manner, since if you click on a vertex on a trail on map, the program will open the table of TrackPoints and will select/mark you that vertex, and the same applies to the WayPoints.


    In the case of multiple vertices selection on the trackpoints, by choosing either with "shift" or "Ctrl" key, you'll see that will be marked on the map that marked section, with another color and thickness, (configurable by the user in the map options).


    The same goes for the Waypoints, they are in red clor on the map, to make it look that they have selected


  • Use the "-" key to collapse the trackpoints or waypoints: Explain it to part, because it is very useful. If you press the "-" key of the numerical keyboard when you have opened all the trackpoints for a trail, the table will collapse it closing the display of the trackpoints. And is useful and important because it often have 10 thousand vertices, TrackPoints, on a trail and you are over the vertex number 5000, and to see your trail, move to another trail, etc, you should move up or down with the keys, or the lateral slider bar, so many pages, and is therefore that if you press the "-" key, automatically you will see only the trail, closing the entire display of trackpoints. Same applies to "Waypoints" which are not so many, but which may be useful.

  • Change data in multiple rows: I've created a tool that will allow the change/modification of data in the selected rows, whether routes, waypoints or trackpoints. Let us take an example to understand this tools. Suppose that we import a trail from ".gpx" file with the WayPoints, and we know what's each WayPoint, (panoramic, summit, River, bridge, etc), but this data aren't in the ".gpx" file because it is not prepared for it, and the importation will put on the field "Symbol" of each WayPoint, "Unspecified", as seen in the following image:


    Well, to change the field "Symbol" of all the rows of the WayPoints, first select them, and then use the menu option "edit/change data selected", (or clicking the fourth button on the toolbar of the program), emerging the following dialog box.


    And now we click in the checkbox of "Symbol" and put in the list, the "Panorama" symbol, which will change the symbol for all the selected Waypoints/rows.


    If take you a look at the dialog box's "Edit/Change data selected" see that almost all the fields of the selected trail also can be changed. I use a lot the change location tool when I import several routes. Well, just do testing and see how simple that is.

  • Auto-select rows: You have three options to select rows from the table, whether trails, trackpoints and waypoints, from the "Table" menu or by clicking on the three buttons that are in the toolbar of the program, (fifth, sixth and seventh button). If click on the button select trails, will be selected all trails, (sometimes is useful select all and use the "ctrl" key to remove the selection which you don't want). If you click on the button "Select waypoints" or "Select trackpoints", will select all waypoints or trackpoints in the active trail, (not all of the active file, but only of the trail that is active).


Photographs. Merge the Wikiloc photos automatically. Images viewer.^

In this section we will see how photographs are managed to insert them into the program, and to display them and edit them. To begin, we must say that there is a column, as the trail as waypoints, which is called "Photos", and is in this column where the photos you want can be put. To put the photos in this cell, can be done by dragging photos from another "Photos" column or from the Files Explorer directly, with "drag and drop" system.



When "you put" a photo in this column, it will be the following, if the picture is larger than the configured size the photo will be resized to the default size entered by the user in the "Configure/Program options" menu, which by default is 400 Kbs. This means that if you have photos in high resolution which are 5 Mbs in size, the program resize them to 400Kbs when you drag them and drop them on the "Photos" cell. And if the photo was named "My Documentos/ediTrail/Photos/MyPhoto.jpg" then it will create a directory "My documents/ediTrail/photos/min", and the reduced photo will be named "MyPhoto_min.jpg". With this is achieved to show the phote very quick in the table and where necessary, accelerating the process of management of the table, but when you want to display the picture in the "Image viewer" you will see the original photo with the size of 5Mbs.


There is another interesting variable in this dialog, "Configure program options", and is the "Size horizontal of the photos to see and resize them in the table, (thumbnails)", and serves so when you resize a photo which is droped in the "Photos" cell, the program will resize it to the "width" value, (horizontal picture size), written in this edit box.

Thus, in the event that you have photos taken of the trail, you can use this system to put them in each trail, but in the event that you've done the trail with the Wikiloc program for Android or iPhone, I've then created a tool, which the photos are associated with automatically, not only to the trail, but to the corresponding waypoints. To do so, open the browser on your mobile and search Wikiloc directory on it.


Tends to be in the directory "Wikiloc/Photos", and as you can see in the pictures, Wikiloc program write a "_o" at the end of the "Original" photos, that is, taken with the highest resolution, in my case 3.4 Mbs, and also does something like me for photos, resizing them to a size adequate for your web page, which write them without the "_o" at the end. Well, what we should do is select all the photos that have the "_o" at the end and copy them to the directory, "My documents/ediTrail/photos", (or the directory you want), and once they are there, select you all trails that you have photos, to associate them, that may be several, as in the case I'm going to explain. They are 12 trails, and a total of 350 pictures. From the program ediTrail you go to the 'Tools/Merge and convert photos " menu, and when you use it, (will notify you to delete photos on these trailsd, in the event that you have photos already).


And will open the files explorer so you can select the photos that you want to associate with the selected trails. As you can see in the picture I've selected all the pictures, 350 and push in the "Open" button.


And so I will see how photos are automatically associated to the corresponding trails, and in addition to the corresponding WayPoints. This saving me the work of manual merging. The following image shows the number of photos that have been associated, and what trails and waypoints.



If I open the files explorer on my computer and go to "My documents/ediTrail/photos" directory, see that is has created a new directory "My documents/ediTrail/photos/min", and into that directory all photos you have selected have been converted to its minimized size.


I explain above, how does the program automate this process, and everything comes from the name that has the photo in question, since in the name comes the date and the time in which the photo was taken, and how in the waypoint is the date and the time in which it has taken, (in fact in the trackpoint), then the merging is simple. There are a couple of variables, for which understand this concept, to be able to import photos that are far to be of a waypoint, for the time spent, or other things. These variables are in the menu "Configure/Program options" and the first of them is named "Merge photo when the time between the taken photo and the WayPoint is less than" and it will do what it says. In the event that you have spent more time between one thing and another increase you this value. And the other variable is the one that says "Merge the photo with the "main" trail if the time that has passed is less than", and is used to, in the case, that's not found a waypoint to merge the photo, then merge it with the trail depending on the time spent.

Finally is necessary to explain the "Image viewer", which is nothing more than implies the word, including a series of tools that allow you to delete photos, (are not deleted from the directory, simply will be deleted the link), or rotate photos, which is very useful because many times come the photos rotated, (turn both the original photo and the minimized), and you will be able to navigate for all pictures of the active trail, to view them, or whatever you want to.


Longitudinal profile.^

For each of the trails that you have in your file you can create the longitudinal profile, which can contain, in fact, two profiles, one which is caclculatedwith the elevations which has been taken by the GPS receiver in each TrackPoint, and another that is calculated over the digital terrain model. The longitudinal profile window is a floating winfodw and remains active while you continue working with the table or map. So, to see the longitudinal profile can do it so by clicking on the "Longitudinal profile" button in the toolbar of the program, (the penultimate button), or going to the "Tools/longitudinal profile" menu.


If you're moving your mouse cursor over the longitudinal profile graph, you'll see up right as it's writing the distance to the origin and the elevation of the position of the mouse cursor, and in addition, in the case of the WayPoints, these will be written in the text bar top, with your name, position in the table, as you are nearest of one or another. There are vertical lines marking the position of the waypoint in the trail.

If you click with the left button of the mouse over the longitudinal profile graph, the program will show you, in the table, the nearest WayPoint to the clicked point, and if you click with the right button of the mouse the program will show you, in the table, the nearest TrackPoint to the clicked point.

in addition, depending which is the active trackpoint, the program will draw a little cross in the longitudinal profile indicating the position of the TrackPoint. So if you're moving through the rows of the trackpoints, in the table, will go moving the little cross in the longitudinal profile, indicating your position.

There are two check boxes of "View GPS Z" and "View Z MDT", which checking them on and off you'll see one or another profile, or both, either that you have done from terrain, in the imported trail file, or the calculated on the DTM created with the program. Logically it is very useful when you are creating a route, to know what is the slope you have on the trail.

There are two options within the "MDT" menu, with which is possible to calculate the elevation data for the longitudinal profile, one below another:


  • Calculate Z of the trail over the DTM: Care! If you draw a line on the map, (which has the DTM), and use this option the program will give you the elevation to the starting and end point of the line, and nothing else. It is useful if you want only the elevation for TrackPoints or WayPoints in the trail. When this order finishs you will still having 2 points/TrackPoints forming the trail.

  • Project trail over DTM:With this option if you have drawn a line on the map, (which has, the map, the calculated DTM), and you use it, then the program will calculate the elevations to the start and end point of the line, and also will project the line on the DTM, what does this mean? It want to say, that will be calculated the intersection of this line with the contouring and a point will be created for each interesection, with its elevation, (indeed does not over the contour lines, but on the triangulation, but is more comprehensive explained in this way). So, after using this option you will have, not only two points/TrackPoints, in the line/trail, but many, depending of the intersections number over the DTM.

Other option that affects to the longitudinal profile is "DTM/Copy the DTM Z to GPS Z", and does what it says, copy the DTM longitudinal profile to the GPS longitudinal profile. And, what's it used for? It is useful when you create a trail or you have a trail without GPS elevations, because if you want to export it to the mobile/gps it'is preferable to do it with elevation. So when you export a ".gpx" file, the elevations that it's put to the TrackPoints is the GPS elevation, and not the DTm elevation. Therefore, this option is useful.

As I said, the longitudinal profile is a floating window, and remains active as a toolbar, until you do not close it or exit of the program.

ediTrail on Autocad/BricsCAD/ZWCad.^

As I said in the introduction to the program on the home page, I have curly curl a little by doing ediTrail works within CAD platforms, of which, the more known are Autocad, BricsCAD and ZWCAD in Microsoft operating systems. And, what's it used for? And the answer is only valid for those professionals or not, using the CAD to create their projects, because now, with ediTrail, you have a tool that allows you drawing any "POLYLINE", (trail), in WGS84 XY coordinates within of the CAD, to can be included in maps customized for you or to develop your projects with these "alignments", (trails). And also, you can have your trails on any map which you can access with the CAD, through services WMS, with which you can edit/create your trails at much larger scales, and above all, in a way more accurate.

To start I should explain the two reference systems that exist to work with Autocad, and what is due:

  • Cartesian coordinates system: This name is to define a coordinate system with that the map works and refers to each pixel in the map is a unit, which implies that the coordinate system will be a normal Cartesian system. And why do we need it? Well, basically I have activated it and I have managed to draw the image of the map in Autocad, which is in Cartesian. That is the fundamental reason, since I wanted to make a puzzle of images of the work area, for presentations, primarily. The only way to draw images of the maps in Cartesians, since in WGS84 XY there are deformations due to the projection, that does the map images do not match with the drawn trails, that they are in WGS84... I've tried to explain it as simple as possible, but I know that it is difficult to understand, so stay you with it'll only serve to presentations, impressions, screenshots, etc., to be able to include it in projects, texts, etc., but do not have any technical validity.

    If you've gotten to understand all I'm explained above, you should know that for the representation in Cartesian coordinates there is a very important variable, which is named "Map Zoom", and defines the scale of the drawing. Let's say that for each zoom you have on the map, (in the bottom right, in the coordinates bar you can see a "Z" written indicating the number of zoom that you are), there is a different Cartesian coordinates system, so if you draw trails in a certain zoom you have to draw everything in that particular zoom so that it projects correctly in CAD. If you do not it, and you draw a trail on the same drawing for a zoom and after for another, you'll be able to the trals drawns are very distant one from the other. With all this I want to warn when you work in Cartesian you have to be very careful in the zoom that you draw in CAD, so that it is always the same.

  • UTM WGS84 coordinates system: over the image of the map, as you know already, works in the GPS receiver coordinates, which are UTM WGS84, latitude and longitude. Am not going to explain here the UTM WGS84 projection system, (UTM: Universal Transverse Mercator), but you should know that those coordinates of latitude and longitude, are projected onto a cylinder that surrounds the Earth, to calculate XY coordinates, transverse way, (more simplified can't explain it), and it is not a only a cylinder because for every 6 degrees of arc, which is named UTM zone, there is a different cylinder making the central meridian of that "UTM Zone" match the surface of the cylinder, being the only Meridian which coincides... Well, after this theoretical, say that if we think about it a moment, the calculated XY coordinates are not Cartesian, and UTM distances will be different of the "Cartesian" distances, but they are the true, since it's considered the earth curvature...

    focusing on the coordinates XY UTM, we say that it is with these coordinates that usually work for the development of any project in CAD, and is why the program draws and import at these coordinates from the CAD.

    For those who are neophytes in this subject, I really feel to have me expanded on, but my technical preparation does not allow me to let to do this explanation, and for experts, I really feel to have been so, so simple and vague.

    In the following image shows the map of the world divided into zones of 6 grades of which we have spoken, which are numbered from 1 to 60, being the UTM Zone of the Greenwich meridian the number 30.


If you open the ediTrail program without the CAD, you'll see that there is a menu in the program, which is named "CAD" that you cannot open or view the options into. This is because that menu can only be opened within of the CAD, because the options included there can be used, only, on the CAD.


In reality, the options presented in the "CAD" menu are fairly simple, and allow the drawing, in vectorial way, on the CAD either trails, waypoints, contouring, triangulation or cloud of points in Cartesian coordinates or WGS84 XY coordinates, and simply should say that if you draw in Cartesian coordinates, keep in mind that you should always do this with the same zoom of the map

Among the options that exist within this menu, highlight the option "Cad/Cartesian coordinates/draw the map as image", which makes a screenshot of the map image and draws it on CAD as a raster "jpg" image. When you have to make a presentation or writing or have to take the trai printed, it is quite useful to have the satellital map under the trail, and is for this reason that this option is so practical. What I do is to have a zoom which is clearly visible what is below the trail, and then, always in the same zoom, I'm drawing the image of the map, one by one, following the trail.


Drawing only the map, and then use the "Cad/cartesian coordinates/Draw trails" menu option, which will draw me a polyline that I change it the thickness on Autocad to see it clearly. Say that first drawing the images so that all images remain under what draw later, because if not all I draw after will be hidden. (Then, simply should use the CAD "Tools/Draw order/Send to back" menu option).

Once I have drawn the map images at zoom 18 in this case, the next step is to draw the WayPoints with their photographs associates, and for this purpose we use of "Cad/Cartesian coordinates/ Draw WayPoints" menu option.


In this dialog box can decide, from the colors of the WayPoints, to distances up to the WayPoint to draw pictures. I'll leave everything by default and proceed to draw, to obtain the result that you see in the following images:


As I have already said, this only serves to presentations/prints, to save it as album, or to have a more complete database, but I remember you that they are Cartesian coordinates, and one unit is not a meter or a standard measure.

So that you can create projects with your trails, use maps created on CAD or imported from any WMS system, you'll must work in WGS84 XY coordinates. The only "bad" with respect to the Cartesian coordinates is that you cann't draw the image of the map image underneath the trails, but the good news is that you don't have to take into account any zoom numer, since everything is in the same reference system.

In the following example, I have a map in Autocad that comes of the cadastre, with contour lines and the corresponding mapping in the area, and on the drawing I calculate a trail, I import it in ediTrail, to be able to export to the mobile/GPS.


To import route, there is a question that is made before anything, and is the "UTM Zone where is the trail to import", and it is necessary write it correctly, to be able to calculate the latitude and longitude corresponding. in our case is in the area of Madrid which is in the UTM Zone 30. After click on the polyline of the trail and the program imports it, presenting it on map.


Really, setting imagination, what you are importing are polylines by what you could import all polylines of houses, trees, roads, etc, which are in vectorial way on Autocad, which can be useful for any use. There is no limitation in the number of "trails", (polylines), you can have within the program. In other words, the implementation of the program can be extended to other fields, such as the development of projects...

If draw in WGS84 coordinates, just as in Cartesians, you can draw photos taken beside the corresponding WayPoints or trail in question.


Tinker you with all of these options, and viewing the results will understand them better. To end the theme of CAD should I explain the options that allow us to find points on CAD or locate points/trackPoints in the table.


When click with double click of the mouse on header rows, (where is written the index/row number), whether in the trackpoints and waypoints, the program will make an automatic zoom of CAD, to clicked point, with the size that you choose with the "Cad/Size of the automatic zoom" menu option. But beware! The zoom will be for Cartesian or UTM XY coordinates according you decide with the two menu options there under. So you must be careful and if you have the CAD data in Cartesian, you must have the number of zoom adecuated in the image of the map and the entire drawing drawn on CAD in Cartesians. The same in the case of UTM XY coordinates, you must have it drawn on CAD in those coordinates, (here no matter the number of zoom of the map image). It is very common to do double click on a header row and you see that the zoom that makes going to an empty part of the CAD, and that is because you have not changed it from "Automatic Zoom on Cartesian or UTM XY" menu option.

There is also the mutual option, find a point in the table by clicking on a point on the CAD drawing. Simply select it and click on a point on CAD, the program will show you the vertex closest to the point clicked on the table.

Export data table. Google KML/KMZ files.^

Just to see a couple of examples of how to export trails to google KML/KMZ files, as well as the contouring, triangulation, and points cloud.

To export the trails to "KML" files, with your WayPoints, if you wish, you must use the "File/Export trail/s" menu option, but before you must configure what you want to see in the Google Earth, as well as how you want it to see, and to do this you must use the "Configure/KML file options" menu option.


Will pop up a dialog box with all the options that you have to be able to decide how you want to see it in Google Earth, the exported trails.


Can also export to KML/KMZ file the points cloud, triangulation and contouring of the digital terrain model of the active trail. Simply you must configure this exportation as you want it from the "File/Export DTM to KMZ" menu option.


For each exportation there is a configuration dialog box to decide how you want to see drawn the points, triangles and contouring on Google Earth.


And if you're loading the KML/KMZ files in Google Earth this is the result you get:


You can also export the table to other formats, Excel ".xls", Acrobat ".pdf", Windows ".xps" with which you can create presentations of your Trails/WayPoints/TrackPoints as you want; only the selected rows. In the case of ".xls" file the programa will open the Excel program with the exported file after the exportation.