FMCommander™ Internet Map Synchronization Option
Automatically tie in to Google Earth™, Acme Mapper™, Bing™, Google Maps, and the USGS Map Store websites.
FMCommander’s Internet Mapping Option
V-Soft designers have increased Internet mapping functionality in FMCommander thanks to a new browser integration with Google Earth, Acme Mapper, Bing Maps, Google Maps and the USGS map store. All Internet map sites are integrated with the selected station coordinates, so with just the click of your mouse on the desired station you can view the transmitter site on a topographic map or on an aerial and satellite photo. When used with Google Earth you can place your station’s FCC contour over the Google Earth map and you can add multiple contours of the same station or others for coverage comparison purposes. You can also plot a complete minimum separations based “area-to-located” map. Both Google Earth and Bing Maps provided road and aerial views and in some places, a four sided directional “Birdseye” view of requested sites. Below are some examples of the features using the Acme Mapper site for topographic maps, Bing maps for satellite Birdseye tower views and Google Earth to show area-to-locate and coverage maps. Click the thumbnails to enlarge the images.
(Each of these Internet mapping sites has its own licensing.)
With this option you can:
Click on the “globe” icon on the “Find Information Screen” to automatically connect to the Internet map servers. For example, let us say you are looking at an FMCommander coverage map of a station in San Francisco and you want to see it on a topographic map. Then select “Functions–> “Internet Maps –>”Acme Topo” .
Simply click the “globe” Icon, shown above, and the program brings the topographic map showing the transmitter site. The map scale is automatically set to 1:24,000 in the “large” format. The maps can be printed directly from the built-in browser. The servers we use are free. Depending on how they are used, some sites may require licensing. Maps can be loaded from nearly all of FMCommander’s mapping and utility windows. The topographic map map below shows the Twin Peaks transmitter site of KALW when using Acme Maps. The actual transmitter site is in the middle of the map marked with the small cross. This site is also shown in the satellite view shown below.(Click to enlarge.)
Synchronizing with Google Earth
The Internet Mapping Option also allows the user to view any transmitter location from the list on the “Find Information Screen” through Google Earth. Zooming out will show you the coverage contour of the station within Google Earth. From the “Function” menu simply select “Google Earth” and the computer takes care of the rest.
The graphic below shows the Google Earth view of the transmitter site of the station under current selection from the “Find Information Screen.” Using Google Earth requires installing the Google Earth™ program available for free from Google.
The Internet Mapping Option’s small price is well worth the increase in work productivity you will obtain from integrating it with FMCommander.
Contact V-Soft Communications to learn more about the new Internet Mapping Option available for FMCommander users.
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