The Journey Plotter options can be used to change settings to your own preferences.

Open the Options window in the Tools menu to view and/or change settings.


The Option window is divided into three panes.

The left-hand pane shows the available option sections.
Click on a section name to show the different settings for that section.

The right-hand top pane shows the different settings available in each section; these are grouped into categories.
Categories can be collapsed, or re-opened, by clicking on the arrow to the left of the category.

The settings are divided into two columns.
The left-hand column shows the setting name, the right-hand column its value.
Bold values indicate a non-default value.
Right-click on the setting name and select Reset to change the value to the default value.

The right-hand bottom pane shows a description of the selected setting.
The description pane can be hidden or shown using Description in the right-click menu.

Use the OK button to save all changes, or use the Cancel button to ignore all changes.

All settings are described in more detail in the sections below.

NameDescriptionDefault ValueMinimum ValueMaximum Value
Animation intervalThe interval between points during animation in seconds.0.5s0.1s60s
Hide future routeChoose whether to hide future position markers and route when animating.No
Truncate past trailChoose whether to truncate the past route trail.No
Trail lengthThe number of days to trail when animating (only used when "Truncate past trail" is set to Yes).70
Compress stationary positionsChoose whether to compress stationary positions into one marker.
A ship is considered stationary when two consecutive dates have the same position.
Filter active messageChoose whether to display a message on the map indicating position filtering is active.Yes
Remark: There is no need to changes the following values, unless Naval-History.Net changes its website.
WebsiteThe URL of the Naval-History.Net website.http://www.naval-history.net/
Index Royal Navy World War 1The page of the Naval-History.Net Royal Navy World War 1 ships index.OWShips-LogBooksWW1.htm
Index U.S.A. 19th and 20th CenturiesThe page of the Naval-History.Net U.S.A. 19th and 20th Centuries ships index.OW-US/USAShipsIndex.htm
On Exit
Preserve window locationChoose whether to preserve the window location between application sessions.No
Preserve window sizeChoose whether to preserve the window size between application sessions.No
Position Formatting
FormatHow to format position information.
Available position formats:
  • dd.d [N/S], ddd.d [E/W]
  • dd mm.m [N/S], ddd mm.m [E/W]
  • dd mm ss.s [N/S], ddd mm ss.s [E/W]
  • dd.d° [N/S], ddd.d° [E/W]
  • dd° mm.m' [N/S], ddd° mm.m' [E/W]
  • dd° mm' ss.s" [N/S], ddd° mm' ss.s" [E/W]
  • [-]dd.d, [-]ddd.d
  • [-]dd mm.m, [-]ddd mm.m
  • [-]dd mm ss.s, [-]ddd mm ss.s
  • [-]dd.d°, [-]ddd.d°
  • [-]dd° mm.m', [-]ddd° mm.m'
  • [-]dd° mm' ss.s", [-]ddd° mm' ss.s"
dd.d [N/S], ddd.d [E/W]
Leading zeroChoose whether to add a leading zero to minutes and seconds with a value below 10.Yes
Number of decimalsThe number of decimals to show.1010
Update Check
IntervalThe interval between checks for the availability of a new version of Journey Plotter.Monthly
NameDescriptionDefault ValueMinimum ValueMaximum Value
Map providerThe name of the map provider.
Available map providers:
  • Bing Maps
  • Bing Maps Satellite
  • Bing Maps Hybrid
  • Google Maps
  • Google Maps Satellite
  • Google Maps Hybrid
  • Google Maps Terrain
  • OpenSeaMap Hybrid
  • OpenStreetMap
Google Maps
Access modeThe map provider access mode.
  • Server and Cache

    To minimize data transfer, map information is first requested from the local cache.
    If the data is not available locally, the map information is requested from the map provider and stored in the local cache.

  • Server Only

    Map information is always requested from the map provider.

  • Cache Only

    Map information is always requested from the local cache.
    If the data is not available locally, the map information will not be requested from the map provider.

Server and Cache
Show zoom and pan controlsChoose whether to display the zoom and pan controls on the map.Yes
Show cursor positionChoose whether to display the cursor position on the map.Yes
Show scale barChoose whether to display a scale bar on the map.Yes
Show legendChoose whether to display a legend on the map.Yes
Position Markers
Show position markersChoose whether to display position markers on the map.Yes
Show marker tooltipChoose whether to display a marker tooltip.Yes
Start marker colourThe colour of a start position marker.
A start marker is shown when no position was available on the previous day.
87, 129, 252 
Start marker sizeThe size of a start position marker.
A start marker is shown when no position was available on the previous day.
Marker colourThe colour of a position marker.0, 225, 60 
Marker sizeThe size of a position marker.42250
Stationary marker colourThe colour of a position marker when the ship is stationary.
A ship is considered stationary when two consecutive dates have the same position.
255, 153, 0 
Marker outline colourThe outline colour of a position marker.Black 
Outline widthThe outline width of a position marker.
OpacityThe opacity of a position marker.
Ranging from 0 (transparent) to 1 (opaque).
Cast shadowChoose whether to cast a shadow beneath markers.Yes
Route Line
Show route lineChoose whether to display the route line on the map.Yes
Route line colourThe colour of the route line.Red 
Route line widthThe width of the route line.
Bridging Lines
Show bridging linesChoose whether, if dates are missing, to display route bridging lines on the map.Yes
Maximum days to bridgeThe maximum number of missing dates that can be bridged.
A value below 2 will disable bridging.
0 (Disabled)0
Bridging line colourThe colour of bridging lines.Red 
Bridging line styleThe style of bridging lines.
Available line styles:
  • Solid
  • Dash
  • Long Dash
  • Dot
  • Dash-Dot
  • Dash-Dot-Dot
IconIcon representing the ship, used to indicate the currently selected date.
Ship Icons
Cast shadowChoose whether to cast a shadow behind the ship icon.Yes
Export and Save
NameDescriptionDefault ValueMinimum ValueMaximum Value
Export Journey
Export formatThe default format for exporting journeys.
Available formats:
  • Keyhole Markup Language (KML) (Google Earth)
  • GPS Exchange Format (GPX)
  • National Marine Electronics Association 0183 (NMEA)
  • GeoJSON (JSON)
  • Comma Separated Value (CSV)
Keyhole Markup Language (KML)
Default file nameThe default file name to use when saving a map.Journey Plotter
CSV delimiterThe delimiter character to use when exporting a journey in Comma Separated Value (CSV) format.,
NMEA0183 sentence IDsThe NMEA0183 sentence IDs to add when exporting a journey in NMEA format.
Available sentence IDs:
  • CGA
  • GLL
  • RMC
Multiple IDs can be selected.
Save Map
Image formatThe default image format for saving maps.
Available image formats:
  • Bitmap (BMP)
  • Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)
  • Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPG)
  • Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
  • Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)
Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
Default file nameThe default file name to use when saving a map.Journey Plotter
Hide filter messageChoose whether to hide the filter message when saving a map.Yes
JPEG quality factorThe JPEG image quality factor.500 (worst)100 (best)
NameDescriptionDefault ValueMinimum ValueMaximum Value
Editor Functionality
Enable editor functionalityChoose whether to enable extra functionality for Naval-History.Net editors.
See also thesection.
Information divisionChoose to split information and reports vertically or horizontally.Vertical
Average speedThe maximum average speed of the ship in knots used for checking for suspiciously high average speeds.
Add a couple of knots to the maximum speed of the ship to allow for favourable currents.