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How to calibrate an image to use it as a map?

The application allows you to use regular images as maps.

  • Select a base map over which one you'll calibrate your image. The application will display the imported image so that it almost covers the current view (as displayed by the white dotted line ). To make the calibration process easier, select a location and zoom level that approximately match the area covered by your image before importing it;
  • Tap the Maps & Layer menu and Available maps to open the maps explorer;
  • Tap the top/left menu and under File based maps, select the folder where is located your image. For example, click on My downloads if your image has been saved in the downloads folder of your device.


When you've selected the correct folder, tap the image to start the import process. When the image has been imported, it's displayed over the current map.


The application requires you to correctly match four (4) calibration points with the base map. By default, those points are placed on the four corners.

For each calibration point:

  • Tap the button of this calibration point to select the arrows icon. In this state, you'll be able to move the calibration within the image to calibrate;
  • Tap and old the arrows icon on the map, and move the calibration point over a map feature that is clearly visible on both the base map and the image to calibrate. Here for example, we choose a railroad crossing.

Be careful to choose a map feature that is stable and small enough: a railroad crossing, a church, an historical building, etc. Note that some features like riverbeds are not stable enough: they can move with the time.


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