There are three types of map software available for UI-View32
- Programs for making static maps
- Plug-in map servers
- External display applications
These programs automate the process of making static maps from CD atlases or
from online sources.
SA Map Grabber
This program is supplied with UI-View32. It makes it very easy to grab maps
from Street Atlas V4, V5, V6, V7, V8 and V9. It will not work with any of the
new style versions of Street Atlas, e.g. Street Atlas Deluxe, Street Atlas 2002
and Street Atlas 2003.
MapTool is written by Chris van Gorp, PA7RHM. It allows you to make UI-View maps
from MapBlast. You can download it from
Chris's web site. Please make sure you get the latest update. NOTE - when Microsoft
took over MapBlast, they made some changes that stopped MapTool working, so please
check Chris's web site for the current status of the program.
UI-Terra allows you to make maps from Terraserver. You can make both aerial photograph
maps (DOQ) and topographic maps (DRG) of the USA. Click here to
download UI-Terra. Read UI-Terra.txt in the zip for instructions on how to install it.
UI-Radar allows you to have a radar image as a map that gets updated at a user
specified interval. Click here
to download UI-Radar.
Streets & Trips
While it is not an automated process, it is easy to create static maps from S&T
to use in UI-View. Open S&T and zoom in to the map that you want to capture. Position
it so that there is a "landmark" near two corners, usually the top left and bottom right corners.
If there isn't a landmark near one of the corners, you could create a "push-pin" for one of the points.
Click on "File - Save as Web Page" and save it somewhere on your hard drive. Then
use the "location sensor" (tools - location sensor) and jot down the coordinates for the two
calibration points. Convert the format to "degrees, minutes, decimal of a minute." This is an easy
task. Just take the decimal portion of a degrees to minutes by multiplying it by 60...
e.g. 48.8158N would be 48° + (.8158 * 60)' = 48° 48.95' N. Once you have the lat / long converted to
the right format, go to the folder that you saved the map in and rename it if desired.
Then move or copy it to the MAPS folder below where you have UI-View installed. Finally, drag
it from there to the normal map view in UI-View. When prompted to calibrate it, use the "two point"
method of calibrating unless the two points happen to be right in the corners of the map. Don't forget
that there is a "dot" beween the degrees and the minutes when entering the coordinates in UI-View.
This is just a separator. It isn't a decimal. Using the exmample from above, it would be entered like
48.48.95N. As with everything in UI-View, hit F1 for help in doing this step. Click on OK and you are done.
Scanning Your Own Maps
If you want to scan your own maps, just scan then (don't go overboard with the file sizes)
and save them in the MAPS folder below where you installed UI-View. The map should have a
"flat projection" with the horizontal and vertical scales being the same.... 1 km east/west
on the map measures the same distance as 1 km north/south on the paper map that you are scanning.
You can manually create your own INF file (see UI-View32 Maps in the help) but it is easier if you
then drag the map from the MAPS folder to the normal map view in UI-View and calibrate it.
Hit F1 for help on this step. You will need to know the coordinates the top left / bottom right
corners, or two points. The closer the two points are to two opposite corners the better.
The advantage of placing the scanned map in the MAPS folder is it will always be available
in the list of maps in UI-View.
Plug-In Map Servers
Plug-in map servers integrate seamlessly into UI-View32, and provide interactive
maps that can be zoomed and panned.
PMapServer7 uses Precision Mapping V7 from
to provide maps of the USA than can be zoomed down to street level. For more
information on PMapServer see the UI-View32
and Precision Mapping page. PMapServer7 was released on January 6 2005. PMapServer5 & 6 will continue to be
available for those that don't want to upgrade.
DOSWinServer allows you to use DOS APRS and WinAPRS maps with UI-View32. It has
full support for zooming, and tries to select the most appropriate map for the
area currently being viewed. A full range of options are available, including
manual selection of maps, locking a map to prevent it being changed automatically,
and changing the colours used for DOS APRS maps.
Click here to download DosWinServer.
The EXE file is an InstallShield self-extracting installer - run it and it will
take you into an installation dialogue.
PA7RHM Map Server
The PA7RHM Map Server can be downloaded from
PA7RHM's web site. Click on
the "downloads" link over on the left.
Previously, this became non-functional when Microsoft took over MapBlast, but
the latest version has changed to another map source.
External display applications
External display applications interface to UI-View32, and display the APRS
station icons on their own map.
UI-Point32 uses MapPoint 2002. For more information see
the UI-Point32 page
UI-Route, written by Andy M0CYP, will plot APRS station icons on the following mapping programs -
- Route Master 2000 (UK)
- AutoStreet 2000 (UK)
- AutoRoute - various versions
- Street Finder
- Streets & Trips
- Kartex (Swedish)
- MapSource Italy
- MapSource France
- Garmin UK
- MapPoint Europe 2002
For more information see Andy's web site