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The Placemarks feature allows you to save, retrieve and display on the map various items like locations and paths.

The application allows you to save and restore placemarks from and to various support, including off-line files (GPX, KML, CSV, LOC) on the memory card and on-line storage (AlpineQuest Community Placemarks). submenu.jpg

The Placemarks menu

The placemarks menu provides an easy access to all placemarks related features.

Click on the “Placemarks menu” button to display the menu:

  • Explore placemarks opens the Placemarks Explorer that allows you to manage your saved placemarks;
  • Create a placemark allows you to create new placemark;
  • Displayed placemarks shows the displayed placemarks list that allows you to manage displayed placemarks (available only if some placemarks are displayed);
  • Control time shows the time controller panel for all displayed tracks (available only if time-tagged placemarks are displayed);
  • Search a location allows you to search a location by name or coordinates.

Some options are also available in the Placemarks menu: submenu-options.jpg

  • Click on “Options;
  • Placemarks labels” controls whether or not to display the labels of placemarks displayed on the map;
  • Target information” controls whether or not to display the target information box (if any landmark is targeted).

You can configure the display size and lines thickness of placemarks from the application settings.


preview-waypoint.jpg A waypoint is a particular location marked on the map associated with some information like a name, a description, etc.

By default, waypoints are displayed on the map as small purple circle, but their display colors or icons can be changed.

From the Placemarks menu, you can specify if the names of waypoints must be displayed on the map. You can also configure the display size from the application settings.

How to create a waypoint?
How to edit or move a waypoint?
How to use custom icons?

Sets of waypoints

preview-set.jpg Several waypoints can be grouped into a set allowing an easier management. Sets are very useful when managing multiple waypoints of a common purpose.

How to create a set of waypoints?
How to add, move or delete points of a set?


preview-route.jpg A route is an ordered list of waypoints. All waypoints of the route can be edited like any regular waypoint.

Routes are mainly used when preparing a journey, and displayed with a line joining the subsequent waypoints.

How to create a route?
How to add, move or delete points of a route?
How to follow a route?

Paths & Tracks

A path is a list of locations along a way. A path can be made of multiple parts, called segments. It can also contain waypoints to store some information concerning surrounding places.


Paths are usually recorded using the track recorder (in this case they are preferably called “tracks”), but they can also be manually drawn on the map.

How to manually draw a path?
How to automatically draw a path along roads?
How to change the display style a path? (static or dynamic colors, dashes and arrows)
How to merge paths?
Details and statistics on tracks

Once recorded, drawn or downloaded, paths can be followed, allowing the application to warn you if you're getting too far away from it: How to follow a path?

Proximity alerts

preview-alert.jpg Proximity alerts allow you to be warned when you approach an area.

How to use proximity alerts?


Import / Export

The application allows you to import placemarks (waypoints, routes, tracks, areas) from various file formats and display them on the map.

Supported file formats and types of placemarks Import Export
GPX (GPS Exchange Format) (*.gpx)
Waypoints, routes, tracks
Common GPS data format for software applications.
Yes, see here Yes, see here
KML/KMZ (*.kml, *.kmz)
Waypoints, routes, tracks, areas
Common GPS data format for expressing geographic annotation
and visualization within Internet-based two-dimensional maps.
Yes1, see here Yes, see here
CSV/TSV (*.csv, *.tsv)
Waypoints, routes, tracks, areas
Delimited text file that uses a comma to separate tabular data
(numbers and text) in plain text. Each line of the file is a data record.
Each record consists of one or more fields, separated by commas.
Yes, see here Yes, see here
Shapefile SHP (*.shp)
Waypoints, routes, tracks, areas
Popular geospatial vector data format developed by Esri
for geographic information system (GIS) software.
Yes, see here No
OziExplorer PLT (*.plt)
Yes, see here No
OziExplorer WPT (*.wpt)
Yes, see here No
Geocaching LOC (*.loc)
Yes, see here No
AutoCAD DXF (*.dxf)
Waypoints, routes, tracks, areas
CAD data file format developed by Autodesk for enabling data
interoperability between AutoCAD and other programs.
No Yes, see here

1. Includes few icons and style elements. For ground overlays, see here

How to import placemarks? (*.gpx / *.kml / *.kmz / *.shp / *.plt / *.wpt / *.loc files)
How to export placemarks? (*.gpx / *.kml / *.kmz / *.dxf files)

How to import placemarks? (*.csv / *.tsv files)
How to export placemarks? (*.csv / *.tsv files)

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