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Cyclopath Tutorial Part 5: Watch Regions

Once you know how to edit the map in Cyclopath and look at recent changes, you’ll probably want a simple way to keep track of changes in areas you are interested in. That’s where watch regions come in. Watch regions let you select an area in the map so that you can keep track of changes there. By default, you will be notified by email of any changes. Let’s take a look at how to create a watch region. First of all, you have to go to the My Watch Regions panel on the left side.

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This is the list of watch regions, which is initially empty. To add a new watch region, click on the “New Watch Region? button. A new watch region appears in your map.

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You can change your watch region’s name and color on the left panel.

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Chances are you probably don’t want your watch region to be a boring square. Well, you’re in luck. You can drag vertices around to alter your region’s shape.

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And if four vertices aren’t enough, you can use the “Add Vertex? tool on the upper right to make your watch region even more complex.

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Now your watch regions list displays the new watch region.

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You can click on “look at? to center the map on the watch region and on “x? to delete the watch region. When you’re done, just save changes and your new watch region is ready. You will be notified by email of any changes in your region. If you don’t want to receive emails, just uncheck the “Enable email? checkbox (while ignoring the two e’s). You can still use watch regions to filter the changes shown in “Recent changes?, which is useful for looking at changes that only affect your area of interest.

You now have all the basic knowledge needed to use Cyclopath. I may throw in one more Tutorial post, but this should be enough to get started. There is a lot more information in the Geowiki Help page if you’re interested. Have fun editing and cycling!

Comments

The screenshots that show the watch region being edited have a check box that says "Notify by e-mail" under the color. What is the difference between that checkbox and the "Enable e-email" checkbox at the bottom?

You can turn off email for only specific watch regions or for all of them.

Fernando,

These tutorials are very nice. Please consider copying them to the Cyclopath text wiki.

One minor quibble: save the screenshots in PNG, not JPEG. This will compress them losslessly and avoid the JPEG compression artifacts (the first image on this post has particularly obvious artifacts).