Deer symbol disappeared

“I checked and double checked this morning and I’m thinking it may have gotten deleted some way or another. I have all the symbols from tents to kayakers but no deer. Is there a way to import the symbols file? I’ll try to find another symbol to use on the maps for now and that should get things rolling.”

The wildlife symbols are not on the default libraries shown on the tabs.

You can select a different library as follows:

Select one of the displayed libraries, such as Forestry.

Click on “Save As”, enter a name, such as “Wild”.

Select a symbol then click on Edit.

Click on “Pick Symbol” then select “Change Library”.

Select the library that shows a number of animals then pick the deer symbol, if you see it.

Click on OK.

In a similar way, add other desired symbols.

Click on “Save As”, and save this library to the “Wild.cgp” file.

Later, when you need to get the deer symbol, you will click on the “Custom” tab to see your custom library. You can rename “Custom” to “Wild” by entering “Custom” in the blank box displayed.

Please back up the wild.cgp file for safekeeping.


How to display the auto labels without the point symbols

In our current PC mapping software, the auto labels are saved on the same layer as the Features rather than on a non-spatial (Shape Only) layer. A customer labels areas over a raster images by using points that are auto-labeled with section numbers. He wants to know how to have the labels shown without also displaying the symbols for the points.

To display the auto labels, the points also need to be displayed. A solution for this situation is to delete one of the point symbols on the symbols page in the Point properties window. This “empty” symbol could then be used for the auto-labeling purpose and not show up in Map View.

How to recover the default PC-GIS symbols library files

“I modified a few point symbols in the ‘Forestry 1’ library and saved the custom library as a .cgp file. How can I revert back to the original ‘Forestry 1’ library?”

Please close the PC software (PC-Mapper, PC-GPS or PC-GIS) then delete the point symbols library files (CMTPNTxx.LIB). When you run the PC software again, the program will create the default library files.

“CMT DEFAULT” corresponds to CMTPNT00.LIB,
“Forest 1” corresponds to CMTPNT01.LIB,
“Forest 2” corresponds to CMTPNT02.LIB, and
“Surveyor” corresponds to CMTPNT03.LIB.

How to show only the point labels but not the point symbols when using Point Features for labeling a raster image

As you know, you can use the Text tool in the Tools Palette to manually add a label at any spot in Map View. If there are a large number of areas on a raster background image that you would like to label with a section number, you could create a Point Feature Topic with an Attribute that represents the area section numbers. Then you could add a point on this topic layer to each of the areas you wish to label then use the Topic/Auto Label function to display the labels for these points. How to just have the labels displayed in the current PC-GPS software without the points also showing in Map View? (In earlier versions of PC-GPS, you were able to place the labels on a separate non-spatial data layer and have this layer turned on, with the Point Feature layer turned off.)

The answer is to make the points disappear by assigning an “empty” symbol to them as follows:

1) Double-click on the Topic symbol for the section Point Features.

2) Select one of the symbols in the right-most column that you won’t normally use. Click the Edit button then click the “X” button to delete the symbol. Click on OK.

To have the labels placed smack on top of the invisible point, under View/Configure/Default Label, set the Point label to show on top of the point rather than above or below it.

Using PC-GPS to edit an Area Pattern

“I have PC-GPS 9. When I go to identify stands by cross hatch, color, etc with 0 transparency and print, the cross hatch area is very light over my photos. The border is fine. How do I get the cross hatch to show better when printed?”

The first 9 or 10 built-in CMT Default patterns in PC-GPS, PC-GIS and PC-MAPPER cannot be changed. The others can be edited. For example, you could choose the CMT Default Pattern 15, copy it then paste it as the first pattern on the Custom1 page. Then you can click on the Edit button and change the pattern, such as getting rid of one of the cross-hatch lines and making the other line thinner or thicker, or changing the color to black.