Eye4Software Hydromagic

  Hydrographic Survey Software

Download free demo version

Export current view

Using Eye4Software Hydromagic, it is possible to save your current map view (including overlays like soundings, boundaries, raw data, waypoints and comments) as an image file (PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF or JPG). The software will also generate a world and projection file for you, so you will be able to load the image file directly in other CAD or GIS mapping software, without the need to re-calibrate the map. When copying the generated image to another folder, make sure you copy these files as well (.prj and .wld files).

Exporting the view

In order to export the current map view as an image file, select "Export" => "Export Current View..." from the "File" menu.

Select Export Current View from the File => Export menu
Select "Export Current View" from the "File" => "Export" menu.

Export current view dialog

After a few seconds (time needed to capture the image), the following dialog should appear:

Export current map view as image file
The export current view dialog. Select the file format and file name here.

Output file format

Before selecting an output file, select the image format you want to use to save the image file. Hydromagic can store images in one of the following file formats:

Select the image file format
Select the preferred image format for the destination file.

Output file

First, you have to select the output format and the file name of the image file. After selecting the image file format, use the "Browse..." button to select the output folder and file name. When you have selected a file that already exists, the software will ask whether you want to overwrite this file.

Select the image file location
Click the "Browse..." button to select the destination folder and file name.

Generate World File

To be able to geo-reference the image file in other GIS or CAD software, the image exporting tool will automatically generate a world file. A world file contains the upper-left coordinates as well as the pixel sizes in X- and Y- directions. Depending on the image format you are using, the world file will have the following file extension:

Example of a world file

Projection Files

The software will also generate an ESRI WKT 4 projection file for you. Together with a world file for geo-referencing the image, this enables the screen shot to be imported in most CAD or GIS software packages. The generated projection file will always have the ".prj" extension, irrespective of the selected format.

PROJCS["Amersfoort / RD New",
        SPHEROID["Bessel 1841",6377397.155,299.1528128,
Example of an ESRI WKT projection file

Adding a map footer

It is possible to add a map footer to the exported image, which is also done when printing the screen. To select whether the map footer is included, and how the fields are filled, click the "Map Footer Options..." button.

Set the map footer for the exported image file
Click the "Map Footer Options" to configure the map footer options (optional).

Exporting the map

Just click "OK" to start the export. The software will now write the selected file(s). You can monitor the progress in the status bar at the bottom of the screen. Depending on whether you checked the "Show generated file in Photo View when export completed", the created image will be shown in the "Windows Photo Viewer".

Example of a map view exported to an image file
Example of exported image file of the map view contents.