This part of the documentation is dedicated to the use
of eMapZone in its main functionality, and does not include those concerning
the GPS. For a detailed presentation of GPS features (included map list,
other software's import/export and GPS real time position):
Note : eMapZone offers a lot of
services even without the use of a GPS. Any map can be used.
This software allows to prepare itineraries on a scanned map
An itinerary is made of points entered with the mouse
Altitude of each point can be set, in order to obtain elevation values,
elevation curve, 3D distance (taking the slopes into account) etc.
Each point can, optionally, receive a name, a comment and a picture
Standalone beacons can be entered (waypoints)
Entire itinerary can receive notes (route notes)
Map with the itinerary and elevation curve can be printed (at a given scale) or
A "road book" can be generated in the HTML format (and can be visualised or
printed with your favourite browser)
Itineraries can be exchanged with other users without exchanging the map file
Data can be sent of received with a Garmin or Magellan GPS receiver
The real time position given by a Garmin GPS can be used for a real time
navigation and recording
Launch the executable corresponding to installation program and follow the
installation wizard. The software itself is installed in "Program Files" and
document Example.cst (cst is the file extension used by eMapZone) and
its map Example.jpg are installed in the folders :
- c:\My Documents\eMapZone under Windows 95 / 98
- c:\Winnt\Profiles\<login>\Personal\eMapZone under Windows NT
Files with .CST extension are registered as "eMapZone document" after the
installation. Just double-click on a CST file to open the document.
Shortcuts created by the installation program (on the desktop and in the start
menu) have their working directory specified with the location used by the
example (My Documents\eMapZone). It can be changed by asking the shortcut
properties and modifying the field "Start In".
eMapZone is just one executable; it can be installed or moved very easily :
Move "eMapZone.exe" in any directory
Go in the "Options" menu and click "Register File Extension For Explorer"
This will associate "CST" file extension to the eMapZone software.
Scan a map
First of all, the map must be scanned with any scanner. A 150 dpi resolution can
be enough, 200 dpi is more comfortable, but the software can accept big
pictures such as 4000x4000 pixels!
Here is a simple map with a GPS grid (UTM format, which is not mandatory) :
Launch eMapZone and select the map
Launch eMapZone, click the Map... button contained in the
tab. BMP, JPG and GIF formats are accepted, but the JPG format gives the best
results for a reasonable file size.
Picture is shown in the workspace, with a default scale (the referential, in
Document can be saved now with the menu File, Save (or simply
Ctrl+S). A file name is asked the first
The document is a CST extension file, which does not contain the picture, but
only the information added to it. The image file must be present with the CST
file (if it is not, the route is accessible but without the map). The file
location of the image file is saved in the CST document in the relative way,
such as "..\map.jpg" if the file is in the parent folder.
Set the referential
The software must know, before entering any point, what is the map scale in
order to give good evaluation of distances (and, if you use a GPS, to have
correct geographical reference). Follow these steps (the Zoom can be used
during these steps) :
=> click the Scale tab
The referential method
the default method list is set to "Standard referential": keep this selection
axis length are 1000 meters for a standard UTM grid, or more
(depending on the map)
follow number 1 to 4 :
move origin using the Click
button ; the mouse cursor shows a cross, the current referential is
greyed... just click at the desired location (at a grid intersection). A
temporary green referential is shown at this place. The current referential
Then, place the X axis : button Click
near the "X" fields, click 1000 meters (the axis length set before) east from
origin, at the next grid intersection. During the click, the temporary
referential is also greyed, in order that the click location is perfectly
visible. After the click, the green referential reflects the changes.
For the "Y" axis, do the same thing, but a 1000 meters north from origin. The
button can be used, but the grid is supposed to be perfectly squared.
Click on the Apply button : the temp green referential
disappears, and is replaced by the final one, in red.
Note : the referential can present a rotation relatively with the
horizontal of the picture. Computations will work the same.
If the grid is for GPS usage, the origin can be set with GPS coordinates (in
meters, at the UTM format, or using degree-minutes-seconds). For more details,
GPS coordinates are absolutely NOT mandatory if they are not
known, in this case leave 0,0 in the fields.
Note that the zoom is possible during these operations.
Any known distance can be used to set the scale when GPS reference is not
needed. For instance, origin can be set on a particular point, X axis on
another point at a known distance, Y point set with the Auto button,
and the known distance entered in the Axis length field.
- In case of error, the Cancel button removes the temporary
reference and nothing is changed.
- The options After change, process
are useful when document already contains an itinerary and will be explained
later in this document. They are here to indicate how current route positions
must be treated after the changes (if no route is present during scale
definition, those options are greyed).
- Remember to save (using
- Note : the little glasses allow to quickly move the view
on referential point, including during the definition.
The referential method with automatic computation
Most of the time, maps do not show any grid (road maps for instance), so it can
be difficult the place a referential. It is now possible to automatically
compute a referential knowing the image resolution (dpi) and its scale.
Warning: this referential will not have
a geographical origin (not suitable for a GPS usage).
Compute button, the following dialog
Provided the map scale (simply as shown on the map itself), and the map
scan resolution (chosen during the scanning process), the software will place
automatically a standard referential, in the bottom left corner, with an
optimal axis length. The software supposes that the map has no distortion.
button is pressed, the computed scale is visible in the corner. Do not forget
button to validate scale changes.
The N-point calibration method
This method is generally used when referencing a map in a geographic way, but
it is also possible to choose fictive coordinates for each point.
Advise for use:
Add calibration points, 1 by 1, using the
Add button: the mouse cursor changes
to a cross, click the desired place (zooming is possible during this
In the list, map coordinates are shown (that must be entered), and the
corresponding pixel coordinates (the click location)
Any point is suitable, provided that its coordinates are known (using the GPS
at the bottom of the window). Each point must be in the same GPS System (or
As soon as the second point is created, the software proposes one of its 2
coordinates if the first point has rounded coordinates (i.e. was chosen from a
The software proposes the coordinates of the 3d point automatically (supposing
that the map has not too much distortion).
The calibration can be validated as soon as the 3d point is created (than the
"Local or GPS Reference Ok" text is shown).
It is possible to rise the equations degree when 5 point are provided (5 points
= degree 2, 7 points = degree 3 etc.)
Try to choose 3 non aligned points, in the map corners
Show grid option, in order to verify,
during the calibration process, that the computation are correct (especially
when the equation degree is raised). The grid
can be changed in order to fit the printed grid.
If the grid becomes thick or changes colour, the reason is that the equation
degree is too high, the computation is almost impossible. Lower the equation
degree. Try to not exceed degree 2, because a lot of distortions can appear
outside the calibration zone.
If the coordinates automatically proposed for the 3d point seem to be strange,
the previous points are most of the time wrong (or the map could be rotated).
But any coordinates can be entered.
points value shows the average error of each point; it stands for the
calibration quality. With a 3-point calibration, this value is always 0. With
4, it is directly related to the map or grid distortion.
To enter points in a route, select the Route tab. The New
button makes the mouse cursor change to a cross, and allow to click at the
desired position. An existing point (or a beacon) can be to force the click
position: maintain the Ctrl key down while clicking.
Each new point is linked to the previous one with a straight line (visible
during the point definition). To prevent this and start a new section, check
option (see below).
A point position can be changed using the Click
One or more point can be moved using drag and drop; click
on the current point (even if several points are selected), maintain the mouse
button down, drag and drop where needed.
button inserts a point just before the current position
The current position is shown as a bigger square with another colour
It is possible to enter point continuously without having to click the New
button : check the Several option, the mouse cursor
remains a cross after clicks and all point can be entered on the fly. Escape
key allows to exit the creation mode.
Several point can be selected together using the
ctrl key down, or by
frame selection with the mouse with the ctrl key down.
Caution : do not use the insert
button to add point at the end of the route because points will be added
before the current position, and the tour will appear backward.
This button must be used to "inlay" point in an existing route.
Altitudes of points can be entered during point input, or
rather after having entered all points.
After point creation, the focus is set on the Interpol.
If the altitude is known, uncheck this option (the space-bar can be used), the
focus goes to the Alt.
zone where altitude can be entered (non integral value can be input).
If the altitude is unknown, leave the option checked, it will be computed
depending on known altitude points before and after the point.
The F5 key can be used to decrease the altitude of 5 units,
key to increase, and F7 to reset to the interpolated state.
Unnamed points having a known altitude are displayed with the altitude value.
This can be hidden using the F12 key (see Options menu).
Each point can receive a name (without any length limitation)
displayed on the map.
It is also possible the associate a
for each point using the
Symb. list (look in the
Remember to save (Ctrl+S)
This menu can be used during or after point input:
Cancel: cancel last operation
(clearly indicated in the menu caption)
select all route points (usage example: select all point to drag-drop them all
Delete All Points: with a
Merge all sections: the route
sections are merged (linked together); very useful when the route comes from a
GPS Log and when there were multiple signal interruption during recording.
Reverse route: the start point
becomes the last...
Define current position as
start point: to easily change the start point; very useful when the route is a loop for which
there a many access points.
New: create a new empty document,
without any map. A confirmation is asked if the current document must be saved
(this confirmation is also asked each time a new document is created or
New with same map and scale: create
a new empty document, with the same map and scale as current document.
Open: standard file selection dialog
for choosing a CST file
Open map: same as Map button in the
Route tab (see before).
Open map with calibration: allow to
load a map from an existing calibration (CST, CAR, ETA files). Current points
positions are modified to fit the new map.
Import: show the import dialog (see
Export: see corresponding part in this
see corresponding part in this documentation
Files list: recent 9 files (or less) are proposed here. To quickly reload the last document, just hit F11.
Point annotations and pictures
Each point can be associated with an annotation and/or a picture. Click the last
button on the tool bar (Route
tab), or hit Ctrl+K (Display
menu). A small window appears and allows to enter text and select a picture.
This window is sizeable (as a standard window), and the notes/picture split-bar
can be moved.
The ... button allows to select a picture ;
the other button allows to remove the link to picture (but the picture file
itself is not removed).
When a point has an annotation and/or a picture, it is drawn in the
route with a grey frame. It is possible to double-click on a
point to open the annotation window. Pictures and annotations are directly used
by the HTML exportation (menu File, Export) : an HTML
document is created containing a table with important points and their
annotations and pictures.
Annotations are saved in the CST file, but pictures remain
stand-alone files. Only the link is saved (in a relative way).
Warning: if the file is chosen from a
removable disk, such as a CD-ROM, the source disk will be needed in the future,
in order that the picture remains visible. A better approach is to copy image
files first on the same drive than the CST file itself.
On the map, when a point has a picture and/or an annotation, it is
drawn with a grey (or any other colour, see Options) square around it:
Multiple Point Selection
Several points can be selected together, using the
key when clicking the points, or using a frame selection. The current point is
always part of the selection, even if it is far away from it. So beware when
deleting several points at one time: the current point is also deleted.
A multiple selection is useful:
To delete several point at one time (for instance, to remove a wrong part of
To drag and drop a set of point: always click the current point to move the
selection (if not done, the current point is simply changed, as usual).
To get some information on a part of the route (see next paragraph)
To print just one part of the route.
In the route tab, some information is always shown and live updated during
is measured taking the terrain elevation into account, while
is only computed on a flat projection (view from the sky). The 3D length is so
larger when the relief is consequent.
positive elevation is the sum of the
elevation is the sum of the down-hills,
total elevation (null on a closed
loop) is the sum of the two previous.
Follows some information on
(everything is 0 if no altitude was set in the route).
Area covered by the route is
significant only is the route is turns around the area, avoiding intersecting
itself (as in a '8').
choice list allows to choose on which
zone the computation are done:
Whole route: all the points are used
From first to last selected: the
selection extension is used as soon as more than one point is selected. This is
useful to get some information about a small part of the route. Note that this
is the selection extension that is used (and not each selected point
individually): That is the reason why "From first to last selected" is
proposed, and not simply "Selection".
Current Section: when some points are
set to "New section" (see next paragraph), each section can be viewed as an
independent route with its own information. The Current point position within
the section is also displayed.
To cut the route into two or more part, just check the New section option on the
point(s) starting the new parts:
This stands as an property of the current point: checking this box does not
create a point, but only changes its state.
example of route with two sections
Example of use:
The new section state is taken into account during calculation
(elevation, distance): the cut part is ignored.
When a log is got from a GPS, it can be made of several sections
due to a signal lost, or simply because the device was shut down and restarted.
Sections can be merged together: use the Edit menu,
Merge all sections.
In the File menu, Print window,
it is possible to fit the printing on each section separately.
Remove a non significant route part, as a ski lift when mountain biking
Show a main route and several short alternatives
Prepare a long trip with steps, keeping a whole view
Draw plan of separated pieces to compute an area (remember to use the same
Use the Options menu, or Ctrl+D or the tool-bar button in Route
tab to display the window. The curve shows the current elevation of the route
and can remain opened during document editing. The window is sizeable.
The elevation curve can be drawn using a colour palette: select the required
palette in the
Options tab. Different palette are
explained in a dedicated pargraph.
The points in the curve are clickable
Menu "Options", or Ctrl+R or tool-bar button in "Route" tab.
The route notes are a general comment on the trip. It will be used in the HTML
exportation and printed just under the elevation curve.
Window is sizeable and can remain opened during any operation.
Beacons are isolated points that can be placed anywhere on the map,
independantly from the route. GPS users know them as waypoints. As route
points, they have two coordinates, an altitude (can be unknown), a symbol and
can include a image and/or textual annotation.
Beacons are shown in a tree view
Beacons are grouped in beacon sets and are shown in a tree
view. Any eMapZone document always has the Current document beacon
set: it includes the beacons created and modified in the current document only.
Other beacon sets can be added using the import functionnality
Beacons that do not belong to the current map (geographically) are
greyed in the tree (only if a map was loaded).
Click the Create button: the mouse cursor
changes as a cross, alowing to click anywhere on the map. The beacon is
defaultly name 001, 002 etc. and the software immediatly start the name edition
in the tree itself, as in the Windows Explorer.
Selection and multiple selections
In order to select a beacon, just click on it in the tree or the
map. Many beacons can be selected together: use the classical keys Ctrl/Shift
in the tree as in any Windows list. On the map, a selection rectangle can be
used (as for route points).
When several balises are selected, they can be modified together: for instance,
to delete them, or change their symbol.
The name of the beacon is automatically edited just after the
beacon creation. In order to rename it later, just select it in the tree (or
clicking in the map), and then ckick again the tree (as in the
Windows Explorer; the F2 standard key can also be used). The validate, hit Enter,
to cancel hit Escape.
Note that the name can be empty or contain as many chars as needed.
To change beacon position, just drag and drop in the map. All
selected beacons will be moved.
It is also possible the change the coordinate in the Beacon tab. When the map
has a real geographical reference, the list under the Create/Delete buttons
proposes different formats and grids for the coordinates.
The beacon altitude can be know or not. When known, it can be
entered when unckecking the Unknown box.
Beacons are by default drawn using a circle with an
inner cross. A symbol can be chosen using the Symb. list.
The symbols shown in this list are a subset of all possible symbols that can be
changed in the Options tab, list Symbol Set.
See the GPS Transfer help to get some more information on how are the symbols
managed with a GPS.
The Delete button is active as soon as a
beacon is selected. It is possible to delete several beacons at one time. Note
that a deletion can be undone using the Edit, Undo menu.
As for route point, a beacon can be associated with a text and/or
picture. Use the small button at the bottom right. It is also possible to
double-click the beacon on the map to get the annotation window.
Properties of a beacon set
In the upper part of the tab, it is possible to act on the whole
Include beacons from another file
Beacons are a kind of universal data, since the indicate
geographical points that really exist. That's why it can be useful to include
beacons from another eMapZone (or other format) file. In order that this
feature works in an optimal (and correct...) way, beacons should contain real
geographical coordinates, independent from the used map. Thus, they will be
correctly placed on the map, whatever the document that they come from.
An eMapZone document containing beacons, for instance all the
springs of a particual massif. These beacons will be very useful for any future
route created in the massif. So, in this document, only beacons will be added,
and saved as "springs.cst".
A new document is created, for instance "trekking.cst". In the
Beacons tab, special beacons can be created just for this trekking, they will
be placed in the "Current document" set. In order to see the springs from the
previous document, use the
and selected the file "springs.cst". Beacons are shown, in a new beacon set.
Those beacons are read only, because they can only be edited in
the original document "springs.cst". In the current document, only a link to
the springs docuemnt is used.
It is possible to edit the "springs.cst" document in another
session of the eMapZone software. The see the changes on the fly, use the
Included files can have different format (for instance, PCX5).
allows to remove a link to another beacon file (the linked file is not
This list allows to choose in which order the beacons will be shown
in the tree view.
No sort : this is the creation order (or
the file order)
Alphabetic : the name of the beacon is ued.
North South : first the beacon at north,
then the south beacons. Note that the Y coordinates is used, this is an
approximation when a grid is used.
West East : first the beacons at west.
In map : first the beacons that are included in
the loaded map. Very useful when a beacon file has been included and its
beacons are not all included in the current map.
Symbol : the symbol is used to group
Altitude : first the hightest beacons.
Current point : the distance from the
current route point is used. The nearest beacons will be shown first. The tree
view is automatically refreshed each time the current route point is changed.
GPS pos. : the distance from the GPS real
time position is used. The tree view is automatically refreshed when the GPS
gives a new position.
Selected beacon : a special
feature : select a beacon, then reclick Selected beacon in
the sort list choice. The tree is then sorted with the selected beacon first,
then the nearest beacons using distance.
Using beacons : printing, route point creation, import/export etc.
A few remarks :
When printing, beacons are normally printed, but
only the route will give the printing extension. But if no route is present in
the document, the beacons extension will be used.
When creating route points, it is possible to
click an existing beacon (visible or not) to get its exact position and
altitude (using the Ctrl key).
When exporting, beacons are used as waypoints
(and some route points are also used as route points).
When importing, waypoints become beacons, or
route points if they are close to the route (optionnally).
In HTML export, beacons are shown (optionnally)
in another tab.
Overload with other routes
Display, Overload with other
before using this feature, it is preferable to calibrate maps (of the
current document and maps of overloaded route) in a geographical way,
in order that any route can be shown on any map.
How to use this:
Any eMapZone .CST file can be included on the map of the current document, even
if it only goes through a small part of the map.
One or more document can be included using the
defaultly used is the one set from options.
Any other colour can be chosen with the
button removes the link to the selected file (but of course does not really
delete the linked document).
Files are listed showing a relative path to the current document path.
Show points check box allow to see
or not the points from the linked document.
button allows to reload the linked files, so that foreign changes can be
Examples of use:
In the current document, only the relative file name is recorded; it is just a
When the mouse is moved upon an overloaded route, its name is shown in a
Points of the current document can be created using those from overloaded
Create a document with new pathes on an old map, in order to include them in a
Create a master document showing all the routes in a particular zone.
Create small routes along dangerous places; and include them later, in red, in
any route going close to this dangerous zones.
Compare a trip to another one.
Software parameters can be modified in the Options tab ;
options act on screen display and printing, unit system and GPS default system.
Click in the list to select the element to change colour of, then click on the
coloured square to show a standard colour selection dialog. Changeable colours
Route : colour of the current document
: default colour of a overloaded route.
: all points execpted the current point.
Current point : the square showing the
current position in the route.
: colour of a not selected beacon, without any symbol.
: colour of the circle or the background square of any selected beacon.
: colour of the names of points text.
Current point text : name of current
: names of not selected beacons.
Current beacon text: names of selected
Points Text Background
: colour of the text shadow.
Note Flag Square: when a point has an
annotation or a picture, a square of this colour is drawn.
: colour of the elevation curve, when no palette is selected.
Elevation curve grid
: axis and grid for the elevation curve.
GPS Real-time Position
: couleur du disque indiquant la position lue depuis le GPS
: grid of the Grid Checking feature or the grid shown during N-point
: grid shown from the menu
Options, Grid overlay...
: colour of the direction arrow from the
Select in the list the element to change size of, then enter a new value in the
numeric field (or simply use the spin buttons).
Route thickness : thickness of the main
Other Route Thickness
: thickness of overloaded routes.
Point size : size of small square
showing points positions, current position excepted.
Current point size : size of the square
showing the current position point.
: relative text size of any textual elements.
Back text offset : offset from the text
background (the shadow) and the text itself.
: elevation curve.
Beacon circle size
: radius of the circle of a not selected beacon (when has no symbol).
Current beacon circle size
: radius of the circle of a selected beacon (no symbol).
Beacon circle thickness
: thikness of beacon circles.
Beacon inner cross thickness
: Thickness of the small inner cross inside beacon circles; it is possible to
choose a null value in order that no cross is shown.
Symbol size %
: percent of growing or reducing symbols, knowing that 100% means 1 pixel
symbole = 1 pixel screen.
Scale Crosses : size of referential
crosses, or N-point squares.
GPS Grid width : thickness of any GPS
grid (from the Scale tab or from the grid overlay menu).
: width of creation line (when creating route points).
Real Time Position : size of the disk of
the GPS Real Time Position.
Speed vector length % : arbitray factor
used to transform speed vector length into a pixel length.
Use Transparency : when checked, the map is visible behind the
route. When unchecked, the route is opaque. Transparency is possible only with
a screen display with "true colour". This also affects the
visibility of beacons, oher routes, etc.
Show referential : uncheck this option to hide the
referential when working on route or on the printing. The referential will be
always visible when the "Scale" tab is selected. This is also valid for N-point
Show point-creation line
: the point creation line(s) (shown when creating or inserting points) can be
Font name : that's the name and size of the font used on the
map, on the elevation curve and on printing.
The softwares proposes three color palettes that can be edited:
Slopes : the color between points is given by the slope
Relative Altitudes : the color between points is given
by their altitude, extreme colors affected to minimum and maximum
altitudes in the route.
Absolute Altitudes : the color between points is given
by their altitude value.
In the option tabs, use:
Curve palette list : select the palette that will be
used to draw the elevation curve (no palette = color set from color
Palettes... button: shows the following windows (can be
Choose in the Palette list the palette to act on
Select the range to modify in the list
Change values in editing zones
To change the color, click the colored panel
Change the type of preview if needed: Sample = a bell curve,
Route = the current route (if any)
Add, Delete or Split ranges
The Set Defaults button reset the curve with original values
Note that the list is always sorted using the From value
It is possible to restrict the symbol lists (in the Route or Beacon tabs) to the
one of a particular GPS:
Magellan Nav 600
Magellan Trail Blazer
meters or feet : if you change this options with a route opened, the
software will ask for conversion, because altitudes are input, memorised and
saved in the chosen unit (to prevent rounding problem). Selected unit is saved
in the CST document.
Position : Meters (UTM), dd°mm'ss'' ou US Miles. Default
value is Meters because the UTM system uses this format, and because the
software internally manage and save position in this format. You can choose US
Miles if the referential is not a GPS reference and when you need coordinates
directly in Miles.
dd°mm'ss'' need to have a correct scale reference with real GPS reference (see
Distance : kilometres, US miles, nautical miles, meters,
feed. This unit will be used to display computed distances, included the
elevation curve grid. Notes that the nautical mile corresponds with a one
minute-arc in the latitude axis (and also in the longitude axis but only at the
Default GPS System
Undo and Set Defautls buttons
The Save button must be used to keep the new settings for the
next use of eMapZone. The Set Default button reset settings as
they were at the first use.
Options are saved in the eMapZone.ini file under c:\windows or
c:\winnt. Registry is never used (and that's a intentional choice...). This
file is editable using Start Menu, Run, type in "eMapZone.ini" : Notepad
software is associated with ini files.
Menu File, Print or (Ctrl+P) shows the following window (it is
entirely sizeable). Here are the four fit options :
Fit ouput on the whole route
The same route, fit on the whole bitmap area
Fit output on both route and bitmap
Route printing, ouput fit on route zone included on the map
Change map: This list shows all the maps used by the route, at
the same scale than the one used to work. This list is obtained using the "Map
List". In the case of a long route as in the example above, the last fit option
is the best to print as many documents as there are used maps.
Include Title : enable to print or not the route title and the
Scale : the Full page default option will
set the map on the maximum paper size, while preserving proportions and taking
into account the physical margins of the printer. A Fixed scale
of any value can be chosen, but if the paper is not large enough, a warning
appears red at the window bottom.
Curve tab shows a preview of elevation curve print, for which
it is possible to choose the scale. In this way, curves of several trips can be
printed with the same scale for a quick visual comparison of their difficulty.
The values entered are automatically saved in the option file if the Print
button is used.
Different unit systems are proposed to fix the scale, but the vertical value is
always set in the system chosen for altitudes in the software options. Note
that a warning is shown if the scale makes the curves go out of the paper.
The Print button sends the map or the curve to the selected
printer, depending on which tab is active. Use the Close button
(or the Esc. key) to close the window. The Change button gives
access to the printer selection and settings.
The 3D view is a preview in three dimensions respecting the trip scale. A grey
grid is shown at the minimal altitude of the circuit and acts as a support. The
"walls" are an orange gradation, the lighter colour corresponding with the
maximal altitude. Named points are shown with an inclination, the text is
always in front of the point of view. The referential (at the centre of the
circuit frame) is yellow and never masked by over elements.
Mouse : select how the mouse with left button down will
act in the drawing zone. For rotation, left-right movements
have an effect. For move origin, both directions act. For zoom,
up-down movements are used.
Altitudes x 100 % : change this value to emphasise or
soften altitudes of points. The drawing won't have a scale respect but slopes
should be more visible.
: return to the first view proposed by eMapZone.
Background : click the square to select another
: save the view in a bitmap file.
Close : the window has to be closed in order to work again in
Menu File, Export... propose to save map picture and route in a graphic file,
elevation curve in different formats, and make an HTML road book.
For exportation and importation with GPSTrack/G7ToWin, see
HTML road book
To : Name of the exportation file. The path
of this file will be used to store other files to whose the HTML page
Browse button : select another exportation file, it will
change the To
Include point coordinates
: check this when real coordinates of points must appear in the point table.
This option is check by default when the scale has real GPS coordinates.
: add a column in the table with point annotations. This options is checked by
default if one or more point has an annotation.
Distance/azimuth between points : add a column with
distance and azimuth (in degrees) between points. The azimuth is computed
relatively with the Geographical North.
Point pictures : add a column in the table with pictures on
points. This options is checked by default if one or more point has a picture.
The picture is inserted in the table on a reduced clickable form. Picture files
to the destination directory of the HTML file.
Launch browser after export : when everything is done, the
HTML browser (internet) installed on the computer will be automatically launch
to preview the generated HTML.
Export Map and Route
To/Browse : proposed format are JPG (high picture
compression), GIF (low compression), BMP (no compression). WMF (Windows Meta
File) or EMF (Enhanced Meta File) are vector files included the bitmap (as for
BMP) and the route elements. A software as Word or CorelDraw can import
metafiles where graphical object can be modified.
: picture frame, in pixels, in which the map will fit while keeping
Use screen size : the frame will have the same resolution as
the one shown in the route workspace. In this case, size fields are read-only.
Only picture size is accessible. Generated picture in the one shown in
elevation window. The GIF format well suits this kind of picture.
A simple text file is generated with the following columns :
Name X Y Dist. 2D Dist. 3D Z
This file can be imported by Excel, for instance.
Changing map, exchanging routes
Let's suppose that a trip was prepared on a 1/25000 map and that you need to
place it on another map (of the same area) with a 1/30000 scale. Changing the
scale is not complicated if a common reference exists in both
You need to find this common reference on both maps. The best thing is to use a
common grid, if it exists, as the UTM grid. You can also use two points common
to both maps (villages, road intersections...) and place the eMapZone scale on
Start with the trip with the 1/25000 map. Keep the map and change the scale to
the common reference. To achieve this, move the referential, leave the option "after
change, process real coordinates". The scale is moved, but the
points remain at the same place (their real coordinates are re-processed, as
you can see in their X and Y fields in the
Route tab). If necessary, you can change the axis length
if referential placement needs another value.
In order to move the trip on the1/30000 map, you first need to select the new
picture (Map... button of the Route tab). Then, just move the
scale to the new referential points, but this time choose the option "after
change, process screen positions" : points will be moved on
the bitmap, but their real coordinates won't change. If everything is ok, the
trip will automatically fit to the right place.
To use a route made by another person with your own map, process in this
You need his CST file, scale placement information, the corresponding paper map
Scan the map
the CST file
With the Map...
button, choose the previously scanned map
Damn it ! the trip is absolutely not where it should ! That's
normal : there is no chance that you scanned the map exactly as the person
who made the CST file did.
Place the scale on the map as the person told you
Before clicking the Apply button, choose option "After
changes, process screen position"
Here we go ! the points place themselves where they must be !
Mouse wheel is managed and allows to move point by point
Try the Help Menu, Shortcuts/Mouse usage :
It is recommended to use most of these shortcuts for a good usage of eMapZone
3D distance is the distance measured taking the relief into account. The 2D
distance is the one view from the upper. 3D distance will be greater when the
relief is more important.
Remember the menu Edit, Cancel
that allows to cancel last actions until 100 operations
CST files are in text format, Notepad can be used to
When the Several option is check (Route tab),
button, allowing to move the current point, offers to correct quickly a lot of
positions : after point move, the next point is automatically selected as
the current one, and the mouse cursor proposes to move it.
In the 3D view, leave to focus on the Mouse list :
you can use Up and Down keys to quickly
change mouse action.