Drawing a route is the fun part of using the plugin. Your imagination can run wild.
There are several sets of drawing tools. The first set is under the “drawing” menu and this is where set your mode of travel, what to avoid and if you want to follow roads. In this menu panel are two links , one initiates line drawing and the other setting a new POI marker.
Clicking the line link causes the menu to roll up and an orange pending flag displaying “start route” that follows the cross hair cursor. Place the cursor where you want your route to start and click on the map point. Now the flag displays “extend route.” Place the cursor at the next point in your route and click again the map point. If you set “follow road” a line is drawn following the road to your new point. You repeat this process until your route is completed. At this point right click to dismiss the pend flag. A small blue box marker sets the end of your new route.
Right click the blue box and a tool menu emerges specific that blue box’s line.
- extend – pick up extending the line.
- undo – undo your last extend or rebuild action. You can undo back to the starting point.
- rebuild – rebuild is useful if you want to change mode of travel, follow road, or avoid highways settings.
- focus – map view centered on and constrained to your route.
- directions – invoke the Google Maps Directions Service which draws a generated route between your start and end points. The generated route can now be dragged on to your hand draw route. When finished a printed cue sheet has been created and your hand drawn route now has documented waypoints.
- elevation – creates an elevation profile of your route. Running the cursor along the profile cause a distance flag to track along your route.
- append – the route will be joined with the nearest neighbor and losing its idenity.
- reverse – reverse the travel direction of the route.
- thin – occasionally too many points have been generated by following the road to obtain an elevation profile. Thin reduces the number of points by eliminating points less than 300 meters between points.
Click on the route line and a menu appears;
- split – the route will be split int two routes at that point;
- waypoint – a waypoint will be set at the nearest point in the route line.
- line-edit – places the view into a point to point mode where discrete points may be moved, added, or removed. This mode uses a marker manager to cluster points. This mode is primarily for making routes where there are no roads or paths to follow.
Click on a point, not a virtual mid point, and a menu will show;
1. clear – exits line-edit mode.
2. delete point – removes the point.
3. split – split the route into two routes at this point.
4. drag a virtual mid-point to add a new point.
Finally the last item dealing with drawing is the attributes of the line its self, color, width/weight. and opacity. These can be set map wide or on an individual route.
At the map level;
At the route level;