Usually you have to import maps once to QV before those can be used. According to the source of the map, there are different ways to do this.
Online Maps which come with QV Free, Standard or Poweruser do not require an installation as those maps are installed through the standard installation routine of QV. You will then find them in the database “Online Maps”.
We also offer a wide range of QV-MAPs in our own, proprietary data format. These include licenced high quailty maps like Topomaps of various countries (usually from the national geographic surveys), the general map series of MairDuMont®, similar maps from Freytag&Berndt®, the Reise-Know-How World Mapping Project®, Russian army maps and NAVTEQ® street maps (Routing and Navi versions).
Usually, these maps are installed very easily using a setup utility which you find on the CD/DVD. Please note that these maps require a map-code, so you will be guided through a map-unlocking procedure as part of the installation process. Please refer to Unlocking maps for further advice. We also recommend to read the Readme textfile which you find on the root of the CD/DVD and which may contain valuable information. You can display this textfile using any text editor program or by opening the file with MS Word®. Usually those maps will be installed to the My Maps database, so you will find them in adequately-named map tables of this database from where they can be directly opened.
As an example you will find your NAVTEQ street maps in the NAVTEQ map table within the My maps database.
Furthermore, you can import many maps of various third-party suppliers to QV. If you make a product like QV compatible with so many different map products, it is inevitable that the import procedures will vary to some extent. However, if you follow the instructions below, you will usually not encounter problems during map import.
Generally you have to decide if you want to import a single map file or if you want to perform an automatic map import of a whole CD/DVD or map directory.
The first alternative is the right option to import raster maps from MagicMaps or Garmin IMG vector maps. It is also the right option if you want to import a mon-georeferenced bitmap file (e.g. scan of a paper map). You can also use it if you know the exact file name of a map which you want to import.
In all other cases it is recommended to use the automatic map import utility.
Import of single maps
The simplest way to achieve this is a simple Drag & Drop operation: Just drag the map file (i.e. the bitmap file on your hard disk or CD/DVD drive) from the Windows Explorer to a map table of your choice in the QV X-Plorer window.
If the map is already calibrated, it will directly be added to the X-Plorer list window.
If the map has not been georeferenced before, the calibration window will open.
For a description on the georeferencing procedure please refer to the chapter Calibrating of Maps.
Import of multiple maps from CD/DVD or importing a whole map directory
If you choose this option, every CD/DVD or map directory will be added as a new map table to the My maps database or to the database and map table of your choice.
As some third-party-maps can only be imported after the installation procederure of the original map viewer software has been installed, we generally recommend that you first run the install utilities which come with the originally map products. This is also essential in cases where the originally product requires a registration.
Remark: Please note the installation directory. You will nee it lateron. Otherwise you can check the installation directory lateron by a right-click on the icon on your desktop.
Thereafter, please proceed as follows: