The Locations feature allows users to plot a variety of locations, both preassembled and user-defined. The Locations menu has been divided into four tabs: Default Locations, User Locations, Address Search and City Search. Labels that have been added in each tab will appear in a universal table below where they can then be manipulated individually. Labels can be turned on or off by toggling the check box marked "Show." The color of individual labels can be changed by clicking on the color button to the left of the label name (the default color is white). No other fields in the table are editable.
Once highlighted, individual or groups of labels can be changed by altering "Properties for Selected Labels" and clicking on "Apply Properties." No changes under this heading will appear until this button has been pressed.
An individual label can also be assigned the Locator Icon by selecting "Display" when the label is selected. (Alternately, the Display Icon can be turned on by double clicking the selected label). Once the icon has been displayed, a pulsing animation can be applied by selecting "Animate" under the "Locator Icon Properties" heading. The color and size of the icon can also be changed under this heading.
Highlighted labels can be removed by clicking "Remove from List", and all labels, whether selected or not, can be removed by clicking "Remove All."
Assembled are a list of preset cities and points of interest organized by location or title. Once checked, each group of presets will appear in the display and in the table below. Deselecting any group will result in its removal from both.
The User Locations tab is used to apply a label according to its specific longitude and latitude. The user is prompted to input a longitude, latitude, and altitude, and label their position using the box titled "Text Label." Clicking "Add to Location List" will apply a text label and cone to the specified location in the display as well as add the label to the table below. Clicking “Import Location(s) from Text File” allows the user to load their own file containing some or all of the fields: Latitude, Longitude, Text, Altitude and Font Size, in a user-specified order. Labels from these files will also be added to the table below.
The Address Search tab allows the user to input a specific street address in the format Address, City, and State or five-digit zip code. When inputted, the address is sent to geocoder, where it is converted to longitude and latitude coordinates and displayed. Once returned, the location appears in the universal location table below. An incorrect address may result in a correction or suggestion from the server.
While the search can return addresses for any part of the world, displaying them will not switch the user's focal point to accurately view them. Some navigation of the globe may be necessary to view returned results.
The City Search tab allows the user to search for a specific city by name, cities nearest a particular coordinate, or cities that fall within a particular bound of user-defined coordinates. While the search can return cities for any part of the world, displaying them will not switch the user's focal point to accurately view them. Some navigation of the globe may be necessary to view returned results.
The maximum number of results returned can be set for any search; when more results exist than are displayed the results are ranked by population. Results can also be appended with city population, state, and country by selecting the corresponding check boxes. All cities returned are added to the table below.