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Verifying the Calculated Routes

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In previous versions of MileCharter, it was possible to verify a route by plotting the route in the host application (Microsoft MapPoint or Caliper Maptitude). Ultra MileCharter does not have a host application, so it has its own Quality Control (QC) functionality. These options are found in the QC box in the lower right of the main MileCharter dialog box, above the buttons. The drop-down box is used to set the QC method. There are currently three QC methods: OSM MapControl, Maptitude, and KML. Select the required method and press the QC button to display the Route QC dialog box. The appearance of this dialog box will depend on the method.


OSM MapControl


The OSM MapControl QC method uses an OpenStreetMap control. This allows you to view, zoom, and pan around the route. As such it is one of the most flexible options, but you do need an Internet connection for the control to receive the OpenStreetMap imagery.


Select the route's source and destination locations on the left hand side, and press the Show >>> button to display the route:




Use the mouse wheel to zoom in or out. Right-click drag with the mouse to pan around the map.




The Maptitude option will only be enabled if you have Caliper Maptitude installed. The Maptitude QC method is similar to a conventional Windows control except it displays a static bitmap instead of being interactive.


Select the Maptitude base map using the '...' button to the right of the Maptitude MAP File box. The route will be drawn on this map. Next, select the route's source and destination locations on the left hand side and press the Show >>> button to display the route:






The KML option is different to the other options in that it can handle multiple routes at once, and the output is not directly displayed. Instead, a 'KML' file is created. KML is the native annotation format used by Google Earth. Many mapping products (including Google Maps) support most of the KML features.


Select the source and destination for each required route and press Add >>> button to add it to the list of required routes (Selected Routes). Then set the Output KML File by pressing the '...' button. When everything is set, it will look something like this:




Finally press the Write KML File button to create the KML file.