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How To: Mapki Icon Image sets

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    How To: Mapki Icon Image sets

    This site has a number of static icon images sets which can be imported into MapPoint..

    Icon Image Sets - Google Mapki

    The icons are all in png format so there are a number of steps to convert to MapPoint, but with a little automation it is fairly quick.

    Note that I used HyperSnap - it is a very versatile image capture and processing utility I've always liked.

    It has a number of command-line options which allow you to control it's behavior and use it from batch scripts.

    First download and unzip a set into a directory.

    Create list of the files using the dir command "dir /b > list.txt".

    e.g.
    blank.png
    marker.png
    marker0.png
    ...

    Paste this list into Excel and use a formula like this to construct the batch file commands which call HyperSnap.

    =CHAR(34)&"C:\Program Files\HyperSnap 6\hprsnap6.exe" & CHAR(34) & " -open:"&A1&".png -save:bmp "&A1&".bmp"

    The resulting batch file should look something like this:

    "C:\Program Files\HyperSnap 6\hprsnap6.exe" -open:blank.png -save:bmp blank.bmp
    "C:\Program Files\HyperSnap 6\hprsnap6.exe" -open:marker.png -save:bmp marker.bmp
    "C:\Program Files\HyperSnap 6\hprsnap6.exe" -open:marker0.png -save:bmp marker0.bmp
    ...
    pause

    Then these need to be importing into MapPoint.. if there were a lot or I was doing this regularly, I would write a little program in Excel VBA which would import all of them, but I was lazy and just clicked 112 times to import them all manually.. doh!

    See example attached, this is:

    "Numbered Markers, 0 to 99
    by Prime Suspect. 112 markers total (single and double-digits for 0-9, plus default and blank markers)."

    I also attached a few of the markers so you can see what they look like.. 1, 2, 99.

    hope someone finds this useful! Let me know if you have any suggestions.

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    Re: How To: Mapki Icon Image sets

    I thought about this later --
    Load Custom Symbols

    Would have saved me a lot of clicking!

    It loads custom symbols in batch.

    Have a lot of custom symbols to add? This small utility will allow you to add custom symbols to MapPoint in "batch mode"

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