NOTE: Below is the FAQ for Dmapper2.  Not all will apply directly to Dmapper3 at this time.

 

Frequently Asked Questions  (Dmapper2)
Notice: This FAQ may not address the most current version of Dmapper.
If you don't see an answer to your question, feel free to send us an email.
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General Dmapper questions....

  1. Won't post to map.
    I'm still missing a step getting the icons/activity to plot on a map. I click to export to the map, but I'm not seeing anything on the map I have opened.
  2. Position display on map.
    Will all the old positions stay on the maptech map when a new position from the same tracker is received? Like a cookie trail?
  3. Drawing lines between position track points in MapTech.
    I'm looking at the imported points on the MapTech map. They are labeled like B:18:15. I take it this is track B, and the time was 18:15. If I want to connect the dots of all the B tracks, by time sequence, will MapTach do this automatically, or do I use the drawing tool and just look for the next in line?

  4. Exiting Dmapper. When I have Dmapper connected via telnet and try to shut the program down with the windows upper right hand corner "X" the program only restarts.  I have to use File/Exit to shut it down or the EXIT button in the program window. 

  5. Connecting Dmapper to other APRS applications. Does Dmapper connect to other APRS programs that support a telnet connection?
    Answer: YES
    ... See the TCP/IP Help section in the newer version of the Dmapper HELP file included with the program.

  6. TNC connection types. What type of TNC connection does Dmapper support?
    Answer: At this time only TERMINAL mode at 9600,8,n,1.


  7. Updating Dmapper via Help/Update menu. Problem: When I try and run the "D-Update" option I get an error that an OCX file is missing or not registered?
    Answer: This is a common problem if it has been a long time since you downloaded and installed a FULL Version. Since Dmapper is constantly changing and adding features, performing just a download of the smaller EXE upgrade file will eventually miss some of the new components needed for some of the added features. Just download and install the FULL version then DL the latest EXE update afterwards if it is a newer version.
    Everyone needs to download and install a FULL VERSION starting with 2.12b8 in order for the D-Update utility to work.

National Geographic TOPO! & Dmapper.....

  1. How do I setup TOPO! to accept Dmapper data?
  2. How do I setup Dmapper to Post to the TOPO! map?
  3. I Just installed TOPO! and Dmapper will not post to the map?
  4. DMAPPER: I get a message that TOPO! is not running or it just beeps and does nothing?
  5. My waypoint data is posting to the TOPO! screen but there is too much waypoint information such as gps coordinates displayed?
  6. TOPO! says I already have a waypoint with the same name and wants to rename them?

Won't post to map. Dmapper is running just fine and displays positions to the display. BUT.... When I click to post to the map I'm not seeing anything on the map I have opened.

Make sure you have.....

1) Dmapper not "Minimized" (but can be in the background)
2) MapTech or other map program not "Minimized" (but can be in the background)

3) The correct Map program Version checked in the Map to post options
4) A file designated to post. (button next to where you select which map to use) We suggest posting a "trail" for MapTech. (dmapper.mxf)

5) When you press the import now button, look at the program info text box toward the top of dmapper and see what it says.

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Position display on map. Will all the old positions stay on the maptech map when a new position from the same tracker is received? Like a cookie trail?

YES dmapper will leave a "cookie trail" for MapTech and other maps.

You can also rebuild the entire tracking session by importing a file called "dmapperhistory.mxf" found under the dmapper directory or "dmapperhistory.rxf" for a similar display only with lines connecting the different position reports.

Under Street Atlas or Nat.Geo.TOPO! you have an option of showing TRACKS or just where a unit is NOW.

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Drawing lines between position track points in MapTech. If I want to connect the dots of all the position markers, by time sequence, will MapTach do this automatically?

MapTech will draw lines between points for you if you import the "ROUTE" (dmapper.rxf) file.  If you have multiple units you are tracking, MapTech will show them as separate routes with different colors. You can edit the individual routes and even individual waypoints that make up the route.

The Letter designations are in order of callsigns in dmapper.  I used to post the callsigns to the map but it just got too cluttered. With current versions of Dmapper, the operator can designate what will display to the map. (Such as Tactical names)
The time is the local computer time the position was received by dmapper via the TNC.

Drawing a line between "MARKER" points posted from the (dmapper.mxf) file is something you would have to do manually since MapTech does not automatically link the "markers".  You can use the line tool in MapTech and just click from dot to dot OR just use the option to post the (dmapper.rxf) route file which is identical to the markers only with the lines..  

I also like to keep my map as clean as possible during a search and sometimes "hide" some of the older markers once they are old enough.  You can always "unhide" them to get an historical picture of the search.


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Exiting Dmapper. When I have Dmapper connected via telnet and try to shut the program down with the windows upper right hand corner "X" the program only restarts.  I have to use File/Exit to shut it down or the EXIT button in the program window. 

This issue should be resolved in the current version. Please upgrade your software.

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How do I setup TOPO! to accept Dmapper data?

First.... get Dmapper running and capture some coordinate data in the Callid boxes. rst.... get Dmapper running and capture some coordinate data in the Callid boxes.
This will create the data file needed to configure TOPO!

<<<< PREPARING *TOPO!* FOR DMAPPER AUTO-POSITION POSTING >>>>

In order for Dmapper to successfully import/post the incoming data files to TOPO!,
you need to configure the TOPO! import wizard to accept the Dmapper file format.

Load the TOPO! program and follow the steps outlined below to pre-set TOPO! waypoint
file import wizard for Dmapper. This only needs to be done once prior to the first
time Dmapper is used for posting to the TOPO! maps.

Once TOPO! loads....
Hold down the "
Ctrl" key and press the lower case letter "i"
This should bring up the "TOPO! GPS Import Wizard"

Step 1: Select the option button that designates get data from "a text file that lists waypoints"

Then choose
NEXT to display "Import - Choose a text file"

Using the navigation buttons in the window, locate the data file under the \dmapper\ directory.
This file should be called "dmapperNGTOPO.txt" or "dmapperNGTOPOnow.txt"
(NOTE: This file will not exist until you have received some incoming positions by Dmapper OR you can create a SAMPLE file from Dmapper's CONFIGURATION menu.)

After finding and
selecting the dmapperNGTOPO file choose OPEN.

Step 2: The next step in the import wizard should display....
make sure the
option "Comma" is selected, then choose NEXT.

Step 3: of the import wizard you should confirm the following....
Type of
objects to import "WAYPOINTS"
Map
Datum "WGS84"
Then choose
NEXT.

Final step: of the import wizard you should....

Say YES to
confirm all lines of data in the file contain Waypoints.

Change the titles of each column of data in the Preview box....
Click on the column data titles of each column and designate the following...
Column 1: Latitude Degrees DD.ddd...
Column 2: Longitude Degrees DDD.ddd...
Column 3: NAME
Column 4: DATE mm/dd/yyy TIME hh:mm
Column 5: Message
Remaining Columns should say IGNORE

Once the columns have been designated choose
FINISH and the waypoints will be
posted to the mathen you have done something wrong and will need to try configuring the wizard again.

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How do I setup Dmapper to Post to the TOPO! map?

< PREPARING *DMAPPER* FOR AUTO-POSITION POSTING TO TOPO! MAPS >

Now that you have TOPO! ready, it is time to configure Dmapper to perform the map posting.

Leave the TOPO! program rHow do I setup Dmapper to Post to the TOPO! map?

< PREPARING *DMAPPER* FOR AUTO-POSITION POSTING TO TOPO! MAPS >

Now that you have TOPO! ready, it is time to configure Dmapper to perform the map posting.

Leave the TOPO! program running for this task and switch to the Dmapper screen.

Choose the option button "Post to Nat.Geo.TOPO!" and choose OK to the message prompt
after you read it.

In order for Dmapper to post to a map, it needs to know the NAME of the map and the
DATA FILE to use for posting. For Newer versions of Dmapper, this is done by selecting
one of the option buttons to the right that desginate how you want the positions to look on your map.


NOTE: If you have the most current version of Dmapper... the following steps should not be necessary.

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Older Dmapper Versions......

To designate these two options choose "CHANGE MAP/IMPORT FILENAME" and follow the prompts.

Its easy to "Designate the map", just look at the top title bar of the TOPO! program and
type in the first word(s) EXACTLY AS YOU SEE IT starting from left to right.
The first word most likely is "Untitled" unless you have
saved the map as another name or you are using a different version of TOPO!
NOTE: Dmapper needs this information in order to take control of the TOPO! program for posting.

After entering the text in the map designation box, choose OK for the next step.

You should now be presented with a file browse box where you will be able to find the
data file to use for map posting.
This file will be named "dmapperNGTOPO.txt" (for posting a TRACK trail of each unit)
or the NOW file "dmapperNGTOPOnow.txt" (for posting only the current location of each unit)


Choose/highlight the file and then select the "SAVE as Auto-Import path" button.

You have now successfully configured Dmapper for auto-posting to TOPO!

If you have new position data available, Dmapper will allow you to press the
"Post to map NOW" button, at which time you should see an instant switch to the
TOPO! program screen and the rapid file import/posting process completed automatically.

If there is no new incoming data, Dmapper will not perform the posting process.

One final tip... The program windows CAN NOT BE MINIMIZED or the posting process may
fail. It is OK to run one behind the other but do not minimize TOPO! or Dmapper.

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I Just installed TOPO! and Dmapper will not post to the map?

Make sure you have not missed a step in......

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DMAPPER: I get a message that TOPO! is not running or it just beeps and does nothing?

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Waypoint data is posting to the TOPO! screen but there is too much waypoint information such as gps coordinates displayed?

Change the Waypoint display preferences in TOPO!

Choose TOPO! menu..... "Preferences" + "Waypoint display" + "Snow Name Only"

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TOPO! says I already have a waypoint with the same name and wants to rename them?

This is not something you should normally see but sometimes happens when changing Callsigns that are being tracked.

If possible you can delete the TOPO data file from the Dmapper screen and let it start over capturing data.

TOPO complains when more than one waypoint per minute from a single station are posted to the map. Dmapper should prevent this from happening but we are still working on the duplication filters.

If this continues to be a problem send us an email with the specifics of the problem and we will work with you to get a solution.

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