Geographical Map Settings
The Geographical Map Settings window is opened by:
- clicking the "Settings" Toolbar button
and selecting the "Geographical Map Settings..." menu item, or
- selecting "Settings" | "Geographical Map Settings..." from the main menu, or
- right-clicking in the Geographical Map tableau
and selecting "Geographical Map Settings..." from the popup menu.
The Display tab
- Grid - overlays the map with a coordinates grid,
- Tooltips - enables place-name tooltips for the mouse pointer,
- Rivers - displays river features,
- Night regions - when checked, regions of the Earth currently in the Sun's shadow are
rendered in a darker tint. The slider control below the checkbox allows
you to adjust the tonal value of the night region,
- Relief (topographical) - activates the topographical map. (This
option is available in ZET Geo version only),
- Shadows - emphasizes the relief of map terrain,
- Measure of Heights - enables the display on the Status bar of the spot
height (in meters) of the location at the mouse pointer.
NOTE: When you operate in full-screen mode or exit a program,
this option is checked off.
- Sea Depths - the color of sea water depends of depth in this point:
- Ocean Floor - display the ocen floor without water:
allows you to adjust the display of map legends for cities:
allows you to display boundaries on the map according
to the following options:
- City names
- activates the display of city names on the map,
- All Names -
displays all available city names (deselected by default),
- City marks - when checked, every location in the Atlas is marked on the map,
- Highlighted - the checkboxes allow alternative means of
highlighting city name legends on the map,
- Atlas II - displays city names from Atlas II also, if this atlas is available,
- Big Atlases - displays cities and other features from Big Atlases on the map,
if the Big Atlas exists for displaied country,
- All synonyms
- it is not uncommon for a city to have alternative names. Normally these synonyms not displayed
on the map. Check this option if you want to include all alternative names,
- Min. Zoom Level -
sets the limits of the zoom level when an Atlas II and a Big Atlas's city names are displayed -
preferable to a dramatic reduction in performance!
It is not recommended to set a value of less then 10.
- International and internal,
- International only,
Navigator check-box displays
a mini-World map which previews the current frame location. Clicking in the Navigator
recenters the tableau to that location.
Outline map - displays an outline version of the map for printing.
Upgrade Topographical Map button - opens the upgrade control panel,
The Color tab
The options on this tab allow you to
change the colors used to render the Geographical Map. You can set
colors for oceans, landmasses, coastlines, boundaries, the coordinates
grid, and the zoom marquee. To edit a color, click with the mouse on the
icon adjacent each option to open a standard Color picker dialog.
Color schemes can be saved and retrieved
using the Save and Open file buttons. Schemes are stored in the [ZET]
folder as <file-name>.gpl.
The Grid tab
This tab allows you to set the grid
line spacing for the Geographical Map tableau
at each of 12 magnification steps.
The zoom steps are labelled from "32" (highest
magnification) thru "1/64" (least magnification).
The grid is not visible unless it has been enabled on the Display tab.
The grid step means the distance between grid lines. This distance should be
specified in degrees and arc-minutes. Click in an entryfield to edit the
current setting. You can obtain the degree symbol by typing Alt+0176
(NumLock off), or by
cut-and-paste from an adjacent entryfield. To obtain the arc-minute
symbol, type the single-quote character '. Click the Apply
button to effect your changes.
The Misc. tab
Scaling of Measure Tool panel sets
the properties of the Measure tool, which is located on the right side
of the Toolbar in the Geographical Map tableau. Uncheck the Scaling option
to display measured distances in kilometers (km) on the status line of the tableau.
Check ON to display measured distances in millimeters (mm) for a paper map with
the scaling set in the entryfield.
Path to GeoData files panel allows
you to select the drive and folder specification for geographical data files.
By default this is [ZET]\GeoData. The following files and
subfolders may be present, depending on your version of ZET:
- GTOPO30 - folder with topographical map files,
- Lake - folder with lakes data files,
- AdminBound.dat - internal boundaries data file,
- Boundary.dat - international boundaries data file,
- Rivers.dat - rivers data file,
- Shoreline.dat - high resolution map file.
This function is helpful if you use several versions of ZET in different folders
and allows you to utilize a single common set of the huge geo-files.
To set a path click the ... "Browse" button (right of field).
The following dialog is displayed:
Locate the "GeoData" folder which contains the files, and click "OK".
Map Legends panel controls the display of city names on the map.
Click the spin-buttons to change the settings, or click in the
entryfield and type a new value.
- Base font size
- sets a baseline font scale factor (default 8),
- Minimum visible
font size - reduce to display more cities; increase to display
fewer cities (default 7),
- City size factor - controls how the displayed real size
(city circles and legends) of cities is displayed in relation to the
code indicating size in the Atlas (default 17).
- Legends size factor - controls how the legends font size is displayed
in relation to the city size and the zoom level (default 12).
- Bold for capital
cities - specifies a zoom level above which capital city names are rendered
in a bold font (default 10).
Clicking in the Font entryfield at
the base of the panel opens a Fonts dialog allowing you to select a
font for the map legends.