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Some of QLandkarte GT's behaviour can be configured. You will find these options in the menu under '''Setup''' → '''General'''.
Some of QLandkarte GT's behaviour can be configured. You will find these options in the menu under '''Setup''' → '''General'''.
== Environment ==
== Environment ==

Current revision as of 00:25, 9 December 2011

Some of QLandkarte GT's behaviour can be configured. You will find these options in the menu under SetupGeneral.


The Environment tab of the general setup dialog.
Defines the font and waypoint text color.
Choose either metric, nautic or imperial units.
Mouse Wheel
By default the map zooms in when you slide the mouse wheel down. Some feel it should be the other way around. Select this if you're one of them.
Map Canvas
Here are several options for displaying things on the map.
Show scale
Displays a scale bar in the lower right hand corner.
Reduces aliasing effects that occur when zooming a map. This takes quite a bit of processing power. Best left unchecked on weaker machines.
Reduce POI icons (vector maps)
Show north
Displays a compass rose in the lower right hand corner.
Show track maxima
Display the maximum and minimum altitude along a track as well the maixmum speed.
Tooltips (vector maps)
Show information on vector map items under the cursor as tool-tips.
Show track profile preview
Displays an altitude profile for the selected track in the lower left hand corner.
Show zoom level
Displays the current map zoom level in the top left hand corner.
Geo Database
These are options related to the Geo Database.
Use database
This will enable the database
The Network tab of the general setup dialog.
Save workspace on exit
This is where the Geo Database will be saved. Changes only take effect after you restart QLandkarte GT.


Here you can set a proxy host and port if you use one (if you're not sure, chances are that you don't).

Device and transfer

The Device & Transfer tab of the general setup dialog.

Here you can set details for your GPS device. Pick your device or communication method from the drop down menu at the top. Depending on which one you pick, different fields will be unshaded under the options below.

These settings will allow you to receive live data from your GPS device. In the case of Garmin devices supported by the garmindev device driver collection, you can also transfer data between your Garmin GPS device and QLandkarte GT directly. Otherwise you will have to access your device as a mass storage device or use some dedicated software.

QLandkarte M
Uses a device running QLandkarte M, GT's sister program.
IP Address and Port
Select the device's IP Address and port you're connecting to.
Connect to a Garmin GPS device. Uses the garmindev device drivers.
Serial Port
This will depend on your device and operating system. See the serial port settings section below.
This selects which garmindev driver is used to interact with the device.
Character Set
Customize Waypoint Icons
Connect to a GPS device over the NMEA protocol.
Serial Port
This will depend on your device and operating system. See the serial port settings section below.
Baud rate
The rate with which to communicate with the device. If you don't know, just leave it on the lowest setting: 4800. For Bluetooth devices, the baud rate normally doesn't matter.
Select this option if you are using gpsd to read data from your GPS device. If you're connecting to a Garmin device, you the garmin_gps kernel driver.

Below are then options for which data should be up- or downloaded. Users can have QLandkarte GT up all Waypoints, Tracks and Routes, or just some of these. There is also the option to play a sound once the transfer is complete.

Serial port settings

QLandkarte GT needs to know where to look for the attached device. This generally depends on the machine and type of connection, but note that it may not stay consistent. If you get this working once but then things stop working, check whether the device has been connected to a different port.

Windows Serial Ports

The serial port name depends on the port number.

  • Single-digit port number names have the form: COMx: (e.g. COM1:, COM2:, etc.). Mind the colon (:) at the end.
  • Double-digit port number names have the forms: \\.\COMxx or \\.\comxx (e.g. \\.\COM13 or \\.\com35). You have to try out whether the upper case or the lower case variant works on your system. Note that there is no colon (:) at the end.

Windows Serial Ports are listed in Control PanelSystemHardwareDevice Manager. Have a look there if you are not sure which serial port belongs to your GPS device.

Linux Serial Ports

Typical device names

  • for serial devices: /dev/ttyS0
  • for USB-serial devices: /dev/ttyUSB0 and /dev/ttyACM0
  • for bluetooth devices: /dev/rfcomm0

To find the correct device, you can see if a device similar to these pops up shortly after connecting the GPS device by running

ls -ltr /dev/

The most recently modified devices should show up towards the bottom. For more information on what's going on, tail the message log (note that you'll generally need superuser access):

tail -f /var/log/messages

To connect a bluetooth device, the commands hcitool scan and rfcomm bind may be useful.

Take care of access permissions. On some systems, you must be member of a specific group to access those devices. See the hotplug settings guide over at GPS Babel for more (but note that their advocacy against garmin_gps isn't always applicable with QLandkarte GT).

Mac OS Serial Ports

This needs to be added by a Mac user
The Keys tab of the general setup dialog.


The keyboard shortcuts can't currently be configured through the settings, but this lists some common ones.

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