Tools

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In the toolbar you can choose from the following tools:

Basic Tools

ToolbarZoom.gif Zoom - Left-click the mouse button to zoom in, right-click to zoom out.
ToolbarPan.gif Hand - Press the left button and drag the chart. While using any of the other basic tools this tool can be temporarily selected by holding down the Ctrl key.
ToolbarRuler.gif Ruler - Use it to measure distance and course (if the wind grid is loaded it will calculate boat speed, track time and recommended sail, using the polars).
ToolbarRoute.gif Route designer - Use it to draw routes. Right click the last point to finish and give the new route a name. Routes are simple lines drawn on the chart, like pencil lines on a real chart. Use for plotting laylines, finsh lines, setting out constant TWA curves, etc.
ToolbarTracks.gif Track designer - Use to draw tracks. Tracks are similar to routes, but are linked to the underlying weather. If winds are loaded, the program will calculate date/time for each point on the track. While designing the track, when you advance across a 12h interval the wind forecast used to calculate the track data changes automatically.
ToolbarMarks.gif Marks - Use to add marks to the desktop. Choose a name and icon for your mark. Useful for marking all sorts of point annotations on the chart, such as turning marks, boat positions, action reminders on tracks for course changes & weather updates, etc.
ToolbarPointer.gif Pointer - Use to select things in the desktop. It will show the associated text (mark name, track point text, wind speed etc).
ToolbarCircles.gif Circle - Use to draw a circle or a set of concentric circles centred on the clicked location. Good for marking clearances around marks, range circles around a destination point, etc.
ToolbarForecast.gif Forecast Selector - Use to select the active forecast. The currently active forecast is displayed on the chart and is used by the tools to calculate boat speed, select sails, etc.
Cursor Location - Displays the latitude/longitude of the cursor/tool on the chart.

Advanced Tools

ToolbarWinds.gif Winds - Starts the NOAA import module, used to download weather forecast GRIB files directly from the NOAA weather server.
Regatta - Starts the Regatta Runner module.
Webserver - Starts the Web Server module.
Routing - Starts the Weather Routing module.
Leg Calculator - Used to generate Great Circle and Rhumb Line routes for display on the chart.
Toolbar3D.gif 3D - Opens the 3D View window.