Terrain Navigator Pro has the ability to import ESRI Shapefiles as overlays. A shapefile is a set of GIS data that can contain all sorts of geospacial information. These data files are commonly available from the GIS departments of local, county, and state governments. Generally speaking, you can Google what you need, then import it into Terrain Navigator Pro as an overlay.
For example, a Google search of "Colorado Public/Private Land Ownership Shapefile" will yield:
On this web page a download is available for Surface Ownership data. Download this file and unzip it. Note that a "shapefile" consists of a collection of files. These are matching individual file names, but with .shp, .shx, .dbf, and .prj extensions. Ensure that all four of these files are placed into a single directory. If one or more of these files are missing, please check with the provider of that GIS data set.
Start Terrain Navigator Pro. Open the File menu and choose Import, Overlay. Open the .shp file (the other files in the set will automatically be imported as well.) Then, open the Layers menu and choose Overlays. Here you can specify how you wish the GIS data to be displayed and labeled.
The majority of GIS data that you will want to import will be in Shapefile format. Some data may be in .DXF or .KML/.KMZ. These too can be displayed as overlays into Terrain Navigator Pro - just select the appropriate file type when importing the data.
While some may prefer that MyTopo compile and distribute certain GIS data sets, this would be impractical to accomplish. Instead, Terrain Navigator Pro’s overlays allow you to import whatever information that best suits your needs.
Video Tutorials AvailableOn the TNP YouTube Channel, there is a video on Using Overlays with Projects.
An extensive video has been published by Don Ferguson, an expert in SAR and GIS integration, in using TNP with ESRI Shapefiles (IGT4SAR-ArcGIS.) You can find it at: http://youtu.be/vJK4QkXZ-X4
Quick Guide for Importing OverlaysRick Hood, a private instructor available for consultation on TNP, put together this quick reference guide for importing overlays into TNP. He has graciously made it available below.Download Link: Overlays Quick Reference Sheet
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