Customizing General

Little Navmap creates multiple configuration files in the directory C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\ABarthel when started. These allow extended customization of the program.

The files use the Windows-INI style that has groups in square brackets and key=value lines. See here for more information about this type of configuration files.

Note that you have to restart Little Navmap to see any changes. Also, do not edit the files while Little Navmap is running since it might overwrite your changes.

To undo all changes simply delete a file. It will be created again containing the default values when Little Navmap is started.

Single lines can also be deleted and will be restored with the default value when Little Navmap is started.

Keys and values are case sensitive. Order in the files is not important if the keys remain in their respective sections. The program might reorder the keys when saving or updating the files.

Version

Some of the INI files contain a section [Options] with a key Version as shown below.

[Options]
Version=2.0.1

Do not delete this since Little Navmap relies on this information when updating the file. It will reset the file occasionally whenever the default settings change. A backup will be created to save your user customizations.

Add this version section to all new files. Otherwise, Little Navmap might reset the content.

Examples for backup files: little_navmap_mapstyle_backup_2.0.0.ini or little_navmap_mapstyle_backup.ini.

The file will be backed up and reset if you delete or change the version.

GUI

Only two user interface styles can be customized. These are Fusion and Night and can be found in the dialog User Interface tab of the options dialog. These two styles are available on all operating systems.

Two files are generated that allow the customization for all window, button and dialog colors. These are:

  • C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\ABarthel\little_navmap_fusionstyle.ini

  • C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\ABarthel\little_navmap_nightstyle.ini

The key names in these files are derived from the Qt palette options. Each key consists of the group and role name separated by an underscore. See below for more information on the color formats used.

See here for more information about groups and roles.

Online Network Center

The configuration file C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\ABarthel\little_navmap.ini allows to change the size of the online network center circles.

Radius is in nautical miles. The visual range is used if radius is -1. No circle is drawn if the value is 0.

Do not delete this file since it contains all program settings, map history, opened files and more. Edit only the keys shown below.

[Online]
CenterRadiusACC=-1
CenterRadiusApproach=20
CenterRadiusDelivery=-1
CenterRadiusDeparture=-1
CenterRadiusFIR=-1
CenterRadiusGround=5
CenterRadiusObserver=-1
CenterRadiusTower=10

Map Display

The file C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\ABarthel\little_navmap_mapstyle.ini allows to customize various aspects of the map display and is currently limited to colors and pens. Most key names are self explaining. See below for more information about color values.

Color Format

Color can be in one of these formats which are commonly used in web design:

  • #RRGGBB each of R, G, B and A is a single hex digit. Each color value ranges from 00 - FF (decimal 0-255)
  • #AARRGGBB first two digits contain the alpha/transparency value. 00 equals to fully tranparent and FF (decimal 255) to opaque.
  • SVG color name

SVG color name is one of the colors defined in the list of SVG color keyword names provided by the World Wide Web Consortium; for example, steelblue or gainsboro. Note that you cannot enter an alpha channel value if you use a color name.

You can use the w3schools color picker to get the hex values for a color.

Examples:

Active_Highlight=#308cc6

AlertFillColor=darkred

ApproachFillColor=#3060808a

Pen Format

A pen contains the following values in a comma separated list:

  • Color as described above
  • Pen width as a floating point value measured in pixels. You have to use . as decimal separator no matter what your locale defines.
  • Pen style. One of the following values: Solid, Dash, Dot, DashDot and DashDotDot.

Examples:

RestrictedPen=#fd8c00, 2, DashDotDot

ModecPen=#509090, 2, Solid

NationalParkPen=#509090, 2.1, Solid

Icons

To change an icon download it from the GitHub source repository Icon Resources or extract the included file Little Navmap/customize/icons.zip.

Modify the icon and save it into the settings directory C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\ABarthel. Little Navmap will automatically detect and use the icon on next startup.

The format is limited to SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Tiny 1.2 Specification) where advanced graphics effects like textures will not work.

You can use the free vector drawing program Inkscape to edit the icons. Restart Little Navmap to see the changes.

User, AI and Multiplayer Aircraft Icons

All icons for user, AI/multiplayer aircraft, helicopters and ships are stored in the program but can be overloaded by the user.

The icons are:

  • aircraft_boat_ground_user.svg
  • aircraft_boat_ground.svg
  • aircraft_boat_user.svg
  • aircraft_boat.svg
  • aircraft_helicopter_ground_user.svg
  • aircraft_helicopter_ground.svg
  • aircraft_helicopter_user.svg
  • aircraft_helicopter.svg
  • aircraft_jet_ground_user.svg
  • aircraft_jet_ground.svg
  • aircraft_jet_user.svg
  • aircraft_jet.svg
  • aircraft_small_ground_user.svg
  • aircraft_small_ground.svg
  • aircraft_small_user.svg
  • aircraft_small.svg
  • aircraft_online.svg
  • aircraft_online_ground.svg

The suffixes are chosen by vehicle type, status (ground or airborne) and user or AI/multiplayer. The icon is for airborne vehicles if ground is missing and for AI/multiplayer vehicles if user is missing. For historical reasons all icons are prefixed with aircraft.

Userpoint Category Icons

Icons for userpoint categories are stored in the program but can be overloaded by the user as well.

Default category icons can be overloaded with another icon by placing a file with one of the default category names in the settings directory.

New categories can be added by placing a new icon adhering to a certain name pattern in the default directory.

  • userpoint_Airport.png
  • userpoint_Airstrip.png
  • userpoint_Bookmark.png
  • userpoint_Cabin.png
  • userpoint_Closed.png
  • userpoint_Error.png
  • userpoint_Flag.png
  • userpoint_Helipad.png
  • userpoint_Location.png
  • userpoint_Logbook.png
  • userpoint_Marker.png
  • userpoint_Mountain.png
  • userpoint_Obstacle.png
  • userpoint_Pin.png
  • userpoint_POI.png
  • userpoint_Seaport.png
  • userpoint_Unknown.png
  • userpoint_VRP.png
  • userpoint_Waypoint.png

The text between the first underscore _ and the .png ending defines the category. For example userpoint_My Places.png creates a new category My Places.

Do not use special characters like / for categories. Only letters, digits, space, underscore and dashes are allowed. Umlauts and accented characters are no problem.

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