Bad scale?

“Every time I open the job, the software keeps telling me ‘cannot zoom out any farther’ and has ‘bad scale?’ in the scale box.”

When you see “cannot zoom any farther”, it usually means there are map elements that are scattered too far apart. For example, user may have inadvertently added a Feature that is thousands of miles away, or user may have imported Features in the wrong coordinate system.

In your map we see a couple of Stand-1 labels that are out of place. We have removed them. Now we are able to zoom-fit the entire map.

Please copy the modified job file to your PC and check the contents. If good, then replace your original job with this one.


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.