Quick Start

When opened Journey Plotter automatically downloads the available vessels from.
The number of available ships for each period is reported in the status bar.

Ship Selection

To plot the journey of a vessel and read the daily activities, click the Select a ship... button, or press Ctrl-N, and select a ship from the list.
For the US ships it's possible to select one or more log periods.
The information for the selected ship will be downloaded from.
This can take some time, depending on the size of the log-books.

When all the information for the selected vessel is available, information about the editor and the ship are shown and its journey will be shown on the map.

By default the journey is indicated by a red line with position markers.
markers indicate the start of journey, followed by to indicate subsequent positions.
markers indicate a stationary position, i.e. two or more consecutive dates have the same position.

Use the zoom and pan controls in the top left corner, or use your mouse to pan and zoom the map.
When hovering over the the + or - buttons, a bar will be shown indicating the current zoom factor.
Click on the bar to go directly to a certain zoom factor.

Panning using the mouse is done by dragging the map with the left button.
Zooming is done by using the scroll-wheel, or by double-clicking using the left button to zoom in, or the right button to zoom out.

It's also possible to zoom in on an area by drawing a selection box.
Hold the Shift key and draw the selection box by dragging the mouse whilst holding down the right mouse button.
Upon release of the right mouse button the map will zoom in to the selected area.

In case you didn't hold down the Shift key, it's also possible to selected Zoom To Selection from the View menu afterwards.

If the selection box is no longer needed, click the right mouse button to remove it.

If available, the ship's activities will be shown in the Information box.
Due to limitations in the .NET framework, not all formatting of activities will be shown correctly.
Most notably:

  • tables will always show border lines
  • table cells will not be automatically resized in width, or height, causing text to continue outside the cell confines
  • table cells will always be left aligned
  • images can't be shown; they will be replaced by a link to the image instead
To adjust the height of the Information box, use the handle between the Information box and the map.

The calendar can be used to select a single date.
If the selected date has a valid position, the position is indicated by a blue ship marker on the map.
A yellow ship marker indicates a duplicate date.
Bold dates indicate information for these dates has been found in the log-book.

Use the keyboard cursor keys to walk through the dates.
To animate through the dates, click the Play button.

To filter by dates, set the desired first and last date in the Date Selection box and click the Select button.
Use the Reset button to reset the first and last date to first and last available dates from the log-books.

Check thesection for a more detailed description of the use of the calendar.

Check thesection for a more detailed description of the various screen sections.