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How do I create my own airport outline files?
« on: March 19, 2008, 08:19:40 PM »
Here is an example outline file of Hamburg Airport created using Jordan's Outline Marker which can be found here:

http://www.acme.com/jef/outlines/

It's a point and click exercise which produces the outline file as shown below.  This is then copied into Windows Notepad and saved as an .out file such as Hamburg.out and placed in the Outlines directory (not the Outdirectory).  Scroll down to see a full description below the example outline file.

C:\Program Files\AirNav Systems\AirNav RadarBox 2008\Outlines

You may have to restart RadarBox and zoom in a bit to see the outline and make sure that your Airport colour in preferences isn't the same as the background colour.  Also, make sure you have Outlines selected in the Map menu.

You can copy the outline file below and past it to Notepad to see how it works.



{Hamburg EDDH}
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Creating the airport outlines is not difficult, but it does take a little time.  Here is how you do it:

1. Go to Jordan's Outline Marker at the link below:

http://www.acme.com/jef/outlines/

2. You will see a Google Map display on the page.  You need to move to the position where the airfield is.  If you have to move the map a large distance, zoom out by using the scale slider on the left, drag the map, then zoom in again.

3. You can then switch to the Satellite view so you can see the actual airfield which has more detail that the map view.

4. You are now going to mark the outside of the airfield.  Left click on the map where you want to start drawing.  As you continue to click on the picture, you will see a red line being left on the picture each time you click.  If you make a mistake, you can undo by using the "Delete last point" button.  You can do this as many times as you like to delete as many points as you like.  You will see co-ordinates appearing at tthe bottom of the screen as you click.

5. When you have gone all around the outside of the object, say the outline of the runways and taxyways and back to the start point, click the "Start New Line" button.

6. You can now start to fill in all the detail by choosing another area to outline.  Remember, you are drawing one continuous line each time to always finish each line where you started.

7. When you have finished, you will have a whole load of co-ordinates scrolling off the screen at the bottom.  You need to copy these co-ordinates by left clicking with the mouse at the start, then dragging to the last co-ordinate (which will be -1) and pressing Crtl+C to copy.

8. Open Windows NotePad, and paste the co-ordinates.

9. Save the NotePad file as an .out file (for example EDDH.out) to the /AirNav RadarBox 2008/Outlines directory.  Make sure that the file is saved as .out and not .txt or .out.txt

10. Run RadarBox, and your outline should appear.  You might need to zoom right in to see the airfield outline.

Ok, that's it.  It takes longer to describe than it actually does to create the outline.  Start with just the airfield outline and load it into RB  to see how it works, then go for the whole thing.
« Last Edit: March 21, 2008, 07:27:18 AM by AirNav Team »