Customizing Your Map

There are many ways to customize the map you use with your RavTrack PC vehicle tracking program.   RavTrack PC uses any bitmap image, scanned map,  jpeg photo, or geotiff file as the base-map to display vehicle location.  Simply load your image/map into the calibration tool (mapmanger), and then calibrate 3 points with known latitude and longitude and the map is ready to use.  Note: .geotiff files are already have their calibration embedded into them so they do not need to be calibrated for use with RavTrack PC.

Your customization options are:

  1. Add custom icons to the map file
  2. Importing Points of Interest (POIs) and identifying them on the map.
  3. Import and overlaying ESRI shape files.
  4. Manually place Points of Interest (POIs) on the map and label them.
  5. Draw colored line, poly-shapes, ovals, circles, rectangles, and squares on the map.

Once the map is calibrated, you can import custom icons right into the emap file.

1. Adding Custom Icons on the map

All icons in RavTrack PC are actually small .jpg of .bmp files which are loaded into the .maplib file and given a name.  By naming the icon, you are able to assign it to tracked vehicles/objects or simply place it on the map as a POI.  As a POI, you are able to create alert rules to notify the operator when vehicle get too close or too far away from the POI.

To import a custom icon made as a  .jpg of .bmp file, first open the map file you would like the icons to be associated with.  Note, RavTrack PC comes with a rich set of default icons stored in the standardicons.maplib file, but you may load your own custom icons into any .maplib map file or load them into the standardicons.maplib file and have them available to all maps.

To open and edit the .maplib file, select Tools > Map Creation Tool from the RavTrack PC main screen.  This will open the GpsToolsStudio from Franson, which is the tool used to calibrate maps and load icons.  Load the .maplib file you wish to insert you custom icons into, and the choose Icons > New Icon to import the icon craphic into the map.  Don’t forget to save your .maplib file once the icon is imported and named.

2. Importing Points of Interest (POIs) and identifying them on the map.

RavTrack PC is an exceptional vehicle tracking software program.   It excels at locating tracked vehicles, alerting the operator of special conditions, and presenting a complex AVL system in a very user-friendly manor.  But, it is not as powerful as some other program are in the area of GIS, route planning, and map manipulation.  The good news is, that most progams can export in various standard file formats, and RavTrack can import data in a number of different format.  This allows you to do complex mapping and planning using any number of mapping tools, and then import your waypoints and tracks into RavTrack PC.

A common task is to plan an event such as a road-rally, marathon, or race.  Ozi Explorer and Global Mapper are just a couple very powerful programs that a user can create routes and place waypoints on their maps.  Once your plan is complete, save the waypoints in either an Ozi .wpt waypoint file, or in Garmin’s .gpx file format.  From RavTrack PC, select File > Import Tracks, Plots, Waypoints from the main screen.  When using the .gps file format, you must choose the “Import as POI” option to put the waypoints onto the map’s POI layer.

3. Import and overlaying ESRI shape files.

RavTrack PC can import some ESRI shape files and overlay them on the map image.  Certain large files do not import but most ESRI shape files less than a few MB seem to load and display properly.  From RavTrack PC, select File > ESRI FIles… from the main screen.  Select your ESRI shape file to import it onto the map.

The default settings for the ESRI shape import files is configured with the File > Program Properties > ESRI Data.

4. Manually place Points of Interest (POIs) on the map and label them.

You may place any icon at any location on the map as a Point of Interest.  To do so, select File > Drawing Tools.  This will bring up the drawing toolkit.

drawingtool

Select “Point of Interest” as the type of object to draw.  Then select the name of the icon you wish to place on the map.  Once selected, click on the location on the map that you would like the POI placed.  Once you click on the map, a box will pop-up so you can assign the POI a name such as “Joes House”.  Once you have placed all the POIs on the map, they may then be used in the Alert Rules you create.

You may also turn the POI layer of the map on or off.  On the top of the main RavTrack PC main screen is a drop-down box, where you can select which layers are visible on the map.

View DropDown

View DropDown

5. Draw colored line, poly-shapes, ovals, circles, rectangles, and squares on the map.

Using the Drawing Toolkit, you may place graphics on your map at any location.  To do so, select File > Drawing Tools.  This will bring up the drawing toolkit.  Select the Map Graphics layer, select your shape and the color of the shape, and then draw it on the map.  When drawing polygons, press the enter key when done drawing.