Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Advanced editing
- File formats
- Mobile devices
- Experienced mappers’ corner
The easiest way is to hold the middle mouse button while moving the mouse. But you can also press F6 and move the mouse, or use the corresponding toolbar button, or use the cursor keys.
You can use the mouse wheel, press F7/F8 or +/- keys, or click the zoom buttons in the toolbar.
Start by reading the short introduction to o-mapping.
With the path object selected using the edit tool, hold Ctrl and click a free spot on the path to create a new point there. You can even move the mouse in the same action to set the position of the new point. To delete a point, hold Ctrl and click an existing point.
With the line edit tool, select the object you want to edit and hold Ctrl while clicking the line segment. This switches the segment between curved and straight.
First you save the map to the new file. Then draw some closed line or area (symbol doesn’t matter) around the border of the part which you want to keep. Now when this border object is finished and selected, click on the “Cutout” icon or menu item, then press the enter key.
The .omap format is OpenOrienteering Mapper’s native format. It is XML-based, which means for example that it is relatively easy for other developers to access the information in map files. Additionally, it is platform independent, error-resistant and makes it possible to keep a high compatibility between different versions of the format.
The .xmap format is nearly identical but more verbose, even suitable for direct manual editing. The .omap format is tuned towards minimum size and fast processing. If you want to keep you data in a line-based version control system such as git, you must use the .xmap format.
Yes, Mapper reads .ocd files from different version (8 .. 12). But currently only version 8 .ocd files can be written. Beware that some details are neither loaded from nor saved to .ocd files, and some additional inaccuracies might occur.
An Android version is available. It already has a special user interface, but it needs a lot of work. See the instructions for the Android app.
Probably not, due to distribution issues. Technically, a build should be feasible.
Tap-and-hold on the Symbol selector button. Context menu with hide and protect options will appear. Hidden and protected symbols are marked with usual signs in the symbol list.
- Whole objects can be moved by dragging the dashed magenta bounding box when Edit objects tool is selected.
- There is a single tool for drawing straight lines and Bézier curves.
- Another tool combines circle and ellipse drawing.
- Addition and removal of path points (vertices) can be achieved via Edit objects tool using various combinations of keyboard modifiers. See the status line at the bottom edge of the window for dynamically updated help. See also Drawing.
- Dash points can be added and removed using the Edit objects tool after pressing Ctrl-Space on keyboard.
- There are no explicit corner points. Move the Bézier curve handles independently while holding keyboard Shift key.
- Edge lines of double line symbols (roads et al) are inactive and cannot be snapped on. Mapper does not support cutting out parts of the side lines.
- Partial map export is done via a tool. See Advanced editing.