myPhotoMap Help

Introduction

myPhotoMap is an easy-to-use application for generating high-resolution map images. There are mainly three simple steps needed:

Workflow

Step 1: Selecting the region of the map

In the first step you have to select the region of the map you are interested in. You may change the type of the map and also the aspect ratio of the map to be saved first. You can do that using the drop-down boxes marked with (1) in the upper screenshot.

You can move the map by dragging the mouse. To zoom into the map double click into it. You can also zoom into the map by holding down the shift key and drawing a rectangle of the region you want to zoom into.

Step 2: Adding pins

After moving to the right place you may add pins to your map. You can add a new pin by clicking the button with the plus sign in the lower left corner of the main window. The new pin will be added to the map exactly at the center where the small cross is shown. After clicking the button a dialog will appear asking for the name of the pin. You can change the name of the pin afterwards by double-clicking into the field in the table view. You can change the size of the text of the pin in the table view as well.

If you do not just want to add the pins themselves but also let myPhotoMap draw straight lines between the pins please select Connect pins in the left part of the map view.

Step 3: Saving the map

The last step is saving map. After clicking the Save Map button a dialog will appear where you can specify the name of the JPEG file you want to save the map to.

Additionally you have to specify the size of the output file:

It is always a good idea to just play around with the settings and compare the results.

The following screencast (no audio) shows the main workflow of myPhotoMap:
Start Screencast

Additional features

Importing photos

With myPhotoMap you can add photos to the map. You either have to use the "Import photos" button or you have to drag & drop files to myPhotoMap's dock icon. Photos with GPS information are added as pins automatically. The five first photos are shown on the map after importing directly. Afterwards you have to specify which photos you want to see on the map and you can configure the size of the photos and of the annotations. A map with photos will look like this:

The following screencast (no audio) shows how to import photos that contain GPS information:
Start Screencast

Importing tracks

If you have tracks or routes of your trips in either GPX or KML format you can imported such files to myPhotoMap. You can either drag&drop the files to the dock icon or click the Import GPX or Import KML button. The following screenshot shows a screenshot of the map after importing a track:

In the example above there are photo camera icons shown. These icons are shown if you organize your tracks using my application myTracks. In that case you can easily drag&drop tracks from myTracks's track list to the dock icon of myPhotoMap.

You can even import more than a single track. myPhotoMap will always show all imported tracks. To remove the imported tracks click on Remove all tracks.

Searching

If you want to navigate to a specific city or location you can use the search feature. Just enter the search term in the upper right search field. When pressing the enter key myPhotoMap uses the geonames.org service to find corresponding locations for the given search term. The result window looks like this:

myPhotoMap will move the map to the selected location when pressing the Goto button.

Bookmarks

You can bookmark locations that you often use. Just select Add Bookmark... from the Bookmarks menu and give the bookmark a name. When you select Edit Bookmarks... an editor will appear which let's you organize your bookmarks. Each bookmark contains the location itself and also the zoom level. When you select one of your bookmarks from the Bookmarks menu myPhotoMap will move the map to that location and will also restore the zoom level.

Acknowledgements

myPhotoMap uses software or copyrighted media published by third parties. Such elements are subject to licensing terms as noted below.

Please have look at the Terms of use of the various maps that you use.

Contact

Dr. Dirk Stichling
Anne-Frank-Str. 14b
D-33106 Paderborn
Germany
Tel: +49 5254 647789
EMail: myPhotoMap@mytracks4mac.com