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Waypoint names can be changed using a renaming method from

A position format and a datum for presenting the position of each waypoint are chosen by the user. Changing the format or the datum may be made at will, but too many conversions may degrade the accuracy of the data.

The symbols, position formats and datums of all the waypoints in a group can be changed in a single operation as described below.

Some information that may be relevant for choosing a datum is given when describing how to define new datums.

The following position formats can be used: 

The altitude for a waypoint is given as a (possibly signed) floating point number in either metres or feet, depending on the existing option for this.

A symbol and a display option are also chosen for each waypoint. GPSMan symbols and display options may not all be supported by the receiver. When GPSMan is aware of this a tilde ~ will appear before the symbol name in the symbols menu. Symbols and display options not supported will be transmitted to the receiver as the default values; if these are also not supported, the symbol will be transmitted as a waypoint dot, and the display option as "Symbol & name".

User-defined symbols of Garmin receivers will be shown as waypoint dots as there is no documented way of importing their images from the receivers. Their code numbers are kept internally and in GPSMan data files. These symbols do not appear in menus and therefore cannot be selected.

The symbols menu can have a sub-menu defined by the user: more details below.

Symbols of all the waypoints in a group can be changed in a single operation as described below.

A map background image name can be given for each waypoint, so that when the waypoint is displayed on the map window the named image is automatically loaded if the map is empty. See below for the details.

Creating a waypoint can be made as for other items from menus and also in the following ways:

The position of a waypoint displayed on the map can be changed there through a menu, as described below.

Clusters of waypoints can be created by giving a group of waypoints to be used as centres: see below.

Information on a waypoint can be sent to a Twitter account if the TclCurl library is available and the waypoint has a valid position. A pre-defined message is presented with tags #GPSMan and #waypoint, followed by the latitude and longitude in decimal degrees, the altitude if defined, the datum and, if defined, the name and the comment. This message may be edited and will be truncated to 140 characters if longer than that. Login information may be remembered during the current session but is not saved to disk. There are no error messages when the TclCurl library calls fail.

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