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Import new map

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.

Alternatively you can click the Import New map image442262498.jpg icon or select Import new map from the New menu of the main menu bar. The following assistant will open:


  • Choose one of the four options from the list. The default setting is Manually select single or multiple map(s) in a folder which fits most requirements and which is also the option you need to import a MagicMaps product or Garmin IMG maps.
  • Alternatively, you can activate an Automatic import of all maps from CD or DVD or folder (see below), an import of Mapserver - based maps (only available in the Poweruser and Professional versions) or the an import of Online-Maps.
  • Make your choice and click Continue. A window will open where you can select one (or more) files:


  • Thereafter, the file will be listed in the New Map Assistant:


  • Click Continue to skip to the next window of the assistant where you can define the destination for the map import:


  • Accept the default to import the map to the My Maps database and the map table Maps or select another option.
  • A last assistant window will open where you can specify if the imported map should only be listed in the QV X-Plorer or whether you want the map to be directly opened.

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:

  • Click the Import Map CD-ROM or Directory image1076643349.jpg icon in the New toolbar. You will also find this as a menu entry in the New menu of the main menu bar. The QV New Map Assistant will open and show a window where you can choose a map directory which you want to import:


  • Mark the directory and confirm by clicking OK. QV will then scan the directory and list compatible maps:


  • Mark all maps which you want to import using the Windows standard (simple left mouse click for marking a single map, Ctrl + left mouseclick for marking several maps, shift +  left mouseclick for marking a consecutive no. of maps).
  • Click Continue. In the next window of the New Map Assistant you will be asked where you want the maps to be stored in the QV X-Plorer. Accept the default setting In QV-Data\My Maps\Maps (database My Maps  and map table named Maps) or choose Select table from list and select a database and map table from the tree-based X-Plorer file structure. You can also choose the third option New Database which will be named according to the name convention New Database_YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY stand for the year, MM for the month and DD for the day.


  • You will then be asked if you want the maps to be listed in the X-Plorer or wether you want the map(s) also to be directly opened:


  • Make your selections and click Finish.
  • The maps will be imported according to your selections and will be listed in the QV X-Plorer:


  • You can now open any of the imported maps and work with them (see Map window).

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