Option Panes

Journey Plotter has many settings to customize its look and behaviour to your own preferences. The settings are grouped in a number of Option panes:

  • General
  • Map
  • Export and Save
  • Editor

Each option pane can be displayed by selecting it in the Options menu item from the Tools menu. By default multiple option panes are grouped together as tabbed panes. They are still individual panes, so it's possible to dock them elsewhere in the environment, or automatically hide them, if required.

An Option pane is divided into two parts.

The top part shows the different settings available; these are grouped into categories.
Categories can be collapsed, or re-opened, by clicking on respectively the - or + 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 and select Reset to change the value to the default value.

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

Changes to settings are applied immediately where appropriate, and automatically saved when Journey Plotter is exited.

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

NameDescriptionDefault ValueMinimum ValueMaximum Value
Colour themeChoose the colour theme for environment.
Available colour themes:
  • Blue
  • Light
  • Dark
Preserve window layoutChoose whether to preserve the window layout between application sessions.No
Show welcome screen at start-upChoose whether to show the welcome screen at start-up.Yes
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
Ship Services
Default ship servicesChoose the default ship services to show in the Ship Selection pane.
Available ship services:
{{ ::factory.assets.services.RN.name }} flag Royal Navy
{{ ::factory.assets.services.USN.name }} flag United States Navy
{{ ::factory.assets.services.USRC.name }} flag United States Revenue Service/Coast Guard
{{ ::factory.assets.services.USCGS.name }} flag United States Coast & Geodetic Survey
{{ ::factory.assets.services.USFC.name }} flag United States Fish Commission
Update Check
IntervalThe interval between checks for the availability of a new version of Journey Plotter.Monthly
NameDescriptionDefault ValueMinimum ValueMaximum Value
Map providerChoose from the following 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 modeChoose the map provider access mode from the following:
  • 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 colourChoose the 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 sizeChoose the size of a start position marker.
A start marker is shown when no position was available on the previous day.
Marker colourChoose the colour of a position marker.0, 225, 60 
Marker sizeChoose the size of a position marker.42250
Stationary marker colourChoose the colour of a position marker when the ship is stationary.
A ship is considered stationary when two consecutive dates have the same noon position.
255, 153, 0 
Marker outline colourChoose the outline colour of a position marker.Black 
Outline widthChoose the outline width of a position marker.
OpacityChoose the 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 colourChoose the colour of the route line.Red 
Route line widthChoose the 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 bridgeChoose the maximum number of missing dates that can be bridged.
A value below 2 will disable bridging.
0 (Disabled)0
Bridging line colourChoose the colour of bridging lines.Red 
Bridging line styleChoose a style of bridging line from the following:
  • Solid
  • Dash
  • Long Dash
  • Dot
  • Dash-Dot
  • Dash-Dot-Dot
IconChoose a ship icon to indicate the currently selected date.
Ship Icons
Cast shadowChoose whether to cast a shadow behind the ship icon.Yes
Position Formatting
FormatChoose a position format from the following:
  • 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 decimalsChoose the number of decimals to show.1010
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 lengthChoose the number of days to trail when animating (only used when "Truncate past trail" is set to Yes).70
Export and Save
NameDescriptionDefault ValueMinimum ValueMaximum Value
Export Journey
Export formatChoose a default format for exporting journeys from the following:
  • 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 IDsChoose an NMEA0183 sentence ID to add when exporting a journey in NMEA format.
Available sentence IDs:
  • CGA
  • GLL
  • RMC
Multiple IDs can be selected.
Save Map
Image formatChoose a default image format for saving maps from the following:
  • 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 nameChoose the 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 factorChoose the 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.