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Selecting the Start and End Points

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MileCharter can work with start and end points that are specified in point data views and/or selection sets. You may separate the start and end locations into different groups, by splitting them into views or selection sets. For example, you could have a data view for your depots, and a second data view for your customers.


Start MileCharter by selecting the MileCharter... option from Maptitude's Tools->Add-ins menu. This will display the main Milecharter panel:




The first time you run MileCharter, it may scan Maptitude for road types and speeds if it finds road types that it is not aware of. See the Setting the Road Speeds page for information on this process and how you can help to add your country's road types to the next version of MileCharter.


The two list-boxes list the data views and selection sets that are available. The above example only displays data views. Set the Show Selection Sets check box to include selection sets in these lists. If you wish to add an individual point or sub-group to these lists, create a selection set containing the point(s). The lists include both Maptitude data views and user layers. Set the Only Show User Data check box to restrict the data views to user user-created layers.


In the above example, the built-in Maptitude views and two user data views (TexasCities and LouisianaCities) are listed.


Maptitude's data model is very flexible. Although each data row has a unique numeric identifier (typically called 'ID'), these are difficult for humans to understand. Therefore MileCharter gives you the ability to select the name or identifier field that is used to identify each location in the output data (Name/Identifier Field). You may wish to select ID if you wish, but you could also select a human-readable name. The field is only used for output only and does not have to be unique, but non-unique values might lead to confusion.


In the above example, both data views have a field called City which has been selected. This stores a human-readable city name.


In addition to the name, other data fields may also be selected for output.


Select the required start and end data views (or selection sets) and their name/identifier fields, before setting the other options.