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BaseOps User's Guide, Chapter 7: Customizing Maps

BaseOps gives you considerable control over the appearance of the maps associated with a case. You can...

Setting the Style of Map Components

To customize the style (colors, fonts, etc.) used to draw and label the various components of the maps in a BaseOps case, follow these steps.

  1. Display the Case Options dialog box.

  2. Go to the Style pages of the Case Options dialog box.

  3. There is one dialog box page for each type of object (runways, flight tracks) that can be displayed on a map. Visit each style page and set the properties as desired, noting these points:

    • The Editing Color is the color used to draw an object that is being edited: i.e., the selected object.

    • The Normal Color is the color used to draw objects that are the principal subject of a map, but that are not currently being edited. This occurs when you are printing a map.

    • The Background Color is the color used to draw objects that are displayed as annotating features of a map (for example, a DME arc displayed on the map of a flight track: see Annotating Maps with BaseOps Objects) .

    • The Fill Color is the color used to fill the interior of an area.

    • The Opacity of a fill color controls how transparent the color is. Values range from 0% (totally transparent) to 100% (totally opaque). Intermediate values tint the area while allowing the background to show through.

    • See Color Control for information on selecting colors.

    • The Symbol is used to indicate the locations of point objects: navigational aids, static pads, etc. Press the Select Symbol button to display the Select Symbol dialog box, which allows you to browse the available symbols. See Symbol Control.

    • The Line Width or Outline Width is the thickness, in millimeters, of lines used to draw objects. Typically, widths are between 0.1 to 2.0 millimeters.

    • The Line Pattern specifies the style of a line: solid, dotted, dashed, etc. See Line Pattern Control for more information.

    • Check the Label box to label objects on the map. Labels are drawn in the Label Font: see Font Control for information on selecting fonts. Label Text Color is the color of the label text.

    • Flight track segments are labeled with their dimensions. Label Line Color is the color of the lines used to label the dimensions.

    • Some objects (for example, flight profiles) are labeled with text boxes that display information about parts of the object. Callout Line Color and Callout Line Width are the color and thickness, respectively, of the lines that connect the text boxes to parts of the objects that the labels refer to.

    • Check the Show Arrows box to draw arrowheads at each flight profile point indicating the direction that aircraft are traveling at that point. Arrow Size and Arrow Line Width are the length and thickness, respectively, of the lines used to draw the arrowheads.

    • Check the Show Headings box if you would like static pad symbols to be rotated so that they indicate the magnetic heading(s) of the aircraft that use them.

Annotating Maps with BaseOps Objects

BaseOps can display maps of objects such as flight tracks and flight profiles. These maps can display other objects as annotating features. For example, a map of a flight track can include a DME arc that is relevant to defining that track.

Adding Annotating Objects to All Maps

To select the objects that will appear as annotating features on all of the maps in a BaseOps case, follow these steps.

  1. Display the Case Options dialog box.

  2. Go to the Show on All Maps pages of the Case Options dialog box.

  3. There is one dialog box page for each type of object (runways, flight tracks) that can be displayed on a map. Visit each page and select the objects that should be displayed on all maps.

    Selecting the objects to display to the maps is similar to selecting the objects to display in the object list. See Filtering the Object List for more information.

Adding Annotating Objects to a Specific Map

To add annotating objects to a specific map, follow these steps.

  1. Select the object whose map is being annotated.

  2. Display the Object Options dialog box for the selected object.

  3. Go to the Show on Map pages of the Object Options dialog box.

  4. There is one dialog box page for each type of object (runways, flight tracks) that can be displayed on a map. Visit each page and select the objects that should be displayed on the map of the selected object.

    Selecting the objects to display on the map is similar to selecting the objects to display in the object list. See Filtering the Object List for more information.

Displaying Flight Track and Flight Profile Tables

Every flight track has a table associated with it. The flight track table displays the straight and curved line segments that make up a flight track

Flight profiles also have an associated table. The flight profile table displays the profile aircraft's altitude, airspeed, and power setting as a function of distance along the profile's flight track.

You can display flight track and flight profile tables on maps of flight tracks and flight profiles, respectively.

Note:

The processes for adding flight profile and flight track tables to maps are very similar. Therefore, only flight profile tables will be discussed in detail. Keep in mind, however, that the following instructions also apply to flight track tables.

Customizing Table Options

To display flight profile tables on flight profile maps, follow these steps.

  1. Display the Flight Profile Table page of the Case Options dialog box.

  2. Check the box labeled Show table of flight profile segments on flight profile maps.

  3. Display - Select when the table should be shown. You can choose to display it only when a map is printed. Alternatively, you can always display the table, even on the screen.

  4. Location - Select the location on the map where the flight profile table should appear. You have five choices.

    • Automatically Select Best Location - BaseOps will automatically select a location for the table that minimizes conflict with the important parts of the flight profile map.

    • Lower Left Corner
      Lower Right Corner
      Upper Left Corner
      Upper Right Corner - The table will be placed in the selected corner of the flight profile map.

  5. Font - Select the font of the flight profile table text. See Font Control for information on selecting fonts.

  6. Text color - Select the color of the flight profile table text. See Color Control for information on selecting colors.

  7. Background color - Select the background color of the flight profile table. See Color Control for information on selecting colors.

  8. Title - Type the title that will appear at the top of the flight profile table. The title can have as many lines as desired. Press the Enter key to insert a new line.

    The title can include symbolic fields, placeholders for text that is automatically inserted when the title is displayed. For example, the field {Name} is automatically replaced with the name of the flight profile.

    Press the Insert Symbolic Field button , located to the right of the text box, to display a list of fields from which you can choose. See Symbolic Fields Text Control for more information about symbolic fields.

Customizing Table Options for Specific Flight Profiles

You can override the following table options on a profile-by-profile basis.

This is useful on crowded flight profile maps, where the table may obscure important features. You can manually select the table's location, or remove it entirely from selected flight profile maps.

To override flight profile table options for the selected profile, go to the Flight Profile Table page of the Flight Profile Options dialog box. See Editing an Object's Options for more information.

Using the Select and Edit mouse tool, you can edit a table's options by double-clicking on it. You can also drag the table to another corner of the map. See The Select and Edit Mouse Tool.

Caution:

When BaseOps draws a flight profile map, it attempts to position the profile points table so that it does not cover important parts of the map. The method BaseOps uses is not perfect, so you are given the ability to manually position the table. However, it is recommended that you use restraint, as manually positioning the table prevents BaseOps from adapting the map in response to future changes, such as adding additional profile points or printing the map on paper of a new size or orientation.

Displaying Flight Profile Labels

Profile points are key parts of a flight profile. They are locations along a flight track where the profile aircraft's power setting, height, and airspeed are specified.

BaseOps can display profile points on a flight profile map. Each point includes a label that shows details about that point.

Customizing Labels

To customize flight profile point labels, follow these steps.

  1. Display the Flight Profile Labels page of the Case Options dialog box.

  2. Edit the labels as desired.

    Note that there are separate labels for flight profiles with different categories of aircraft. This is because the profile point information varies. For example, the thrust vector angle is relevant only for AAM vectored-thrust aircraft.

    The labels can include symbolic fields, placeholders for text that is automatically inserted when the label is displayed. For example, the field {Height} is automatically replaced with the aircraft's height at the profile point to which the label refers.

    Press the Insert Symbolic Field button , located to the right of the text box, to display a list of fields from which you can choose. See Symbolic Fields Text Control for more information about symbolic fields.

Customizing Labels for Specific Flight Profile Points

You can override the following options for any flight profile point label.

This is useful on crowded flight profile maps. You can rearrange the label locations, and if necessary, reduce the amount of label text, or even eliminate the label completely, for some profile points.

To override flight profile label options for the selected flight profile, go to the Profile Points page of the Flight Profile Options dialog box. See Editing an Object's Options for more information.

Using the Select and Edit mouse tool, you can edit a label's options by double-clicking on it. You can also drag the label to another location on the map. See The Select and Edit Mouse Tool.

Caution:

When BaseOps draws a flight profile map, it attempts to position all profile point labels so that they appear pleasing to the eye. The method that it uses is not perfect, so BaseOps gives you the ability to manually position labels. However, it is recommended that you use restraint, as manually positioning a label prevents BaseOps from adapting the map in response to future changes, such as adding additional profile points or printing the map on paper of a new size or orientation.

Displaying Military Training Route Labels

Segment points are key parts of a military training route. They define the vertices of the route centerline, and also the route's width and floor.

BaseOps can display segment points on a military training route map. Each point includes a label that shows details about that point.

The tasks of customizing military training route labels is very similar to the task of customizing flight profile labels. See Displaying Flight Profile Labels for more information.


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