The map pane is where editing takes place. Both places and spots can be displayed on the map simply by selecting them from their respective lists. Note that only one place can be displayed and edited at any one time.
Editing actions are implemented through the map Edit menu and the context menu.
The Edit Menu
The Edit menu is located at the top right-hand corner of the map and contains the following options:
- Edit Place - Starts editing the selected place. This option only works for places, not for spots.
- Save - Saves the edited place.
- Cancel - Cancels any editing.
- Clear - Cancels editing and clears all selections.
The context menu is invoked by right-clicking the mouse on the map and its options vary according to where you click: the map, a place or a spot. The base map context menu is simplest of the three:
Besides the usual map layer selections, this context menu allows you to search for spots that are nearby the mouse location, create a new place centered at that location or copy the map to the clipboard.
The place context menu has the following options:
Use the Show Intersections option to select all spots that overlap the place's shape. The Edit Place option starts place editing where the last two options become relevant. The Reshape To Selected Spots option converts the place shape to the convex hull of the union of the selected spots. In a nutshell, it's like drawing a rubber band around the selected spots. Finally, you can simplify the polygon shape when editing by removing extraneous edit handles (blue spots). Use the Simplify Polygon option as much as you like until the polygon shape is manageable for editing.
Finally, the spot context menu has the following options:
The Remove Spot option removes the spot from the map, exactly the same action as removing the selection from the spot list.
You can also check if there is any place that overlaps the selected spot using the Show Overlapping Place option. Note that the map only shows one place at a time so if the spot intersects more than one place, only one will be shown.
The spot can be converted to a palace using the Convert to Place option. This option starts by asking the name for the new place (defaults to the spot name) using a dialog:
Once you press the OK button, the spot shape is simplified and presented as a place ready to be edited.
When editing a place, you can add a spot to it by using the Add to Place option. This will join both shapes using the same "rubber-banding" technique described above.
Finally, there are three option that allow you to show how real vehicle stops have occurred inside the spot. These are displayed as red dots and their density provide an interesting hint as to where are the "hottest" zones in the spot so you may include them in your new place design.
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