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Cyclopath Tutorial Part 3: Editing the Map

One of the coolest features of Cyclopath is that you can edit the map as you wish. You can add points of interest, add roads, remove paths, etc. Today, I will be going through some of the basics of map editing in Cyclopath. Let’s start with the easiest: editing points of interest.

Editing a Point

Editing an existing point is very easy. To edit a point’s information, it’s as simple as clicking on a point on the map and editing the fields that appear on the left pane in “Point Details?.

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You can move a point by dragging it on the map. And to remove it, just click on “Delete Point? in the Details panel.

Finally, for adding a point, you’ll need to use one of the tools on the upper right corner of the map.

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When you click on the second tool, the “Add a Point? tool, your cursor will change to let you know that you’re using that tool (that’s what is happening in the image above). Once in this mode, simply click on the map and you will be prompted to enter a point name. After you enter the name, a point is created in the location that you clicked.

Editing Blocks

Editing blocks (or road segments) is a bit trickier. The simple part is editing a block’s information. As with points, just click on a block and edit the fields in the Details panel. One difference though is that you can add multiple notes to a block (and add those notes to other blocks). Furthermore, you can edit multiple blocks a time by holding either CTRL or SHIFT to select blocks (CTRL allows you to select individual blocks, while SHIFT allows you to select a path of blocks).

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The harder part is editing blocks geographically, that is, on the map. To create a block, click on the “Create new block? tool on the upper right.

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After selecting the right tool, you can click anywhere on the map to create a new block.

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You will notice that the new block has two endpoints. You can drag these endpoints to connect your new block to other block endpoints. The endpoint will snap to other endpoints when nearby.

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If you have the connectivity checkbox checked, you will notice that the new block is now connected to other nearby blocks. Now, suppose we don’t want the block to be a boring straight line. We can shape it even further by adding vertices. For this we select the “Add vertex? tool (it will only be enabled when you select a block).

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This time, the cursor will not change. But when you click on your block, a new vertex will be created!

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You can now drag this vertex around to give your block a better shape. Keep in mind that you can’t snap vertices to other endpoints though! Only endpoints can be connected to other block endpoints.

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Now suppose you want to connect your new block to the middle of another block. You can't just drag it over because there are no endpoints, so it won’t snap. What you’re trying to do is create an intersection where there isn’t any. To do this, first we have to split the block we want to connect to. For this, select the “Split Block? tool on the upper right. Once again, you have to have the block selected for the tool to be enabled and the cursor won’t change after you select the tool.

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Next, click on the block wherever you want to create the new intersection.

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Now the block has been split in two, basically creating an intersection between the two blocks. These two blocks are connected together through endpoints where we just clicked. Now we can connect to these endpoints!

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Now, what if you want to remove a block? Simple. Click on the block and go to the “Advanced? tab in the Details panel.

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There is a button called “Delete Block(s)?. Click it to remove the block.

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Now we have another problem. Remember the block that we split before? We want to stick it back together, merge it back into only one block. To do this, first select the two blocks (you can use CTRL to select multiple blocks). In the Details panel, right next to the “Delete Block(s)? button, there is a button called “Merge Blocks?. Just click on it to merge the two blocks back together!

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And that’s it! You now know how to edit the map. Just three more tips before I end this post. There is a checkbox called “Aerial Photos?. This is incredibly useful when editing the map geographically. It displays satellite photos, allowing you to do more precise editing (be careful with it though, since the photos may be a few years old). The second feature that you should use extensively when doing geographic editing is the connectivity checkbox. This is the best way to know if you are connecting blocks correctly. The third thing to keep in mind is the usefulness of the Undo, Redo and Discard Changes buttons. Use them as much as needed! And use them to experiment and try out map editing. As long as you don’t hit Save, your changes won’t affect the system.

So go ahead, give map editing a try. It’s the coolest thing around.

Comments

You didn't put a screenshot of the "Advanced" tab of the Block Details panel, showing the "Delete Block(s)" and "Merge Blocks" buttons....

Very true. I'll think about adding one tonight.

Done.

Yay! ... what is 'Bridge level'?

It has to do with the altitude of the road. It is mainly used for when you have a bridge over another road, so that the application draws correctly the road that should be on top of the other (it would be awkward if the bottom road was drawn above the bridge).