OziExplorer Features Summary

Learn about the features OziExplorer has to offer

OziExplorer is GPS Mapping Software which will work with Magellan, Garmin, Lowrance, Eagle, Silva/Brunton and MLR GPS receivers for the upload and download of waypoints, routes and tracks, and most makes of GPS receivers for on screen tracking of GPS position (moving map).


Plan Your Trip

OziExplorer allows you to work, on your computer screen, with maps that you create from purchased digital maps or maps you have scanned. By using these maps OziExplorer allows you to plan your trip by creating waypoints, routes and tracks on screen and upload these to your GPS. Add special features/symbols and comments to your map.

Real Time Tracking (Moving Map)

With OziExplorer running and your laptop connected to your GPS, your GPS position is plotted on the map providing real time tracking ability (moving map). When you leave a map OziExplorer automatically changes to the next map or even better, OziExplorer can search out the most detailed map for the area you are traversing. Use the navigation feature to help you navigate to a waypoint or along a route.

Save Your Trip Data

Waypoints, routes and tracks created or collected by your GPS during your travels can be downloaded by OziExplorer and viewed on the map. Using the tools built into OziExplorer these can be edited and saved to your hard disk for future use. (Save your 4WD track or the waypoints locating your best fishing spots).


In moving map mode OziExplorer will navigate you along your chosen route giving instructions when each waypoint is reached. Various parameters such as Speed, Course, Next Waypoint, Distance, CTS, XTE, ETE and ETA are displayed.

Interface to GIS systems

Potential Use

*Note: OziExplorer cannot upload maps to any mapping GPS. These require special maps and software which is usually only provided by the GPS manufacturer.


See a Toolbar Image

Maps & Charts

Load your map to the computer screen and then load from file or download from your GPS to display on your map, other objects such as waypoints, routes and tracks.

Map Grid

Map Calibration Details

Attaching Files to a Map to Automatically be Displayed

Special calibration dialog to manually calibrate maps if required. Map formats which have geo-referencing information can be auto calibrated using the import option.

GPS Features

Configure OziExplorer to display a unique menu for your GPS (Garmin, Magellan, Lowrance/Eagle, Silva/Brunton and MLR).

Moving Map

  • when connected full-time to a GPS:
    • provides real time tracking ability (moving map).
    • automatically changes to the next map.
    • can be set to auto search for a more detailed map.
  • ability to log the track onscreen and/or log it direct to a file.
  • navigate to a Waypoint.
  • or navigate along a predefined Route.
  • sound and show alarms when entering Alarm Zones.
  • sound and show alarms when approaching waypoints.
  • display Range Rings or a Compass Rose at the GPS position.
  • choice of pointer graphic or make your own.
  • set screen update rate.
  • set track tail length displayed (number of track points).
  • set track update interval.
  • display speed, altitude and bearing.
  • three color mode settings for Night Vision.
  • set the screen intensity for night use.
  • show your position in a separate Regional Map window.
  • anchor alarm.
  • satellite view and GPS fix information.

Anchor Alarm
The Anchor Alarm will check how far your vessel has drifted from its anchor point and sound an alarm when the value exceeds the specified radius.

The Satellite View will graphically display the satellites your GPS has connected with. The bar graph will show the signal level (SNR) of the satellites in view.



Name Search Features

Other Features:

  • Name Search – search for places by name
    • utility provided to create your own databases.
    • advanced search facility.
    • create waypoints at a selected place.
    • find maps for a selected place.
    • filter by feature types
    • filter for located on displayed map.
    • add you own waypoints to your database.
  • Index Map &ndahs; displays all available maps
    • load and display a map from the Index Map.
    • mouse-over map list feature.
    • mouse-over highlight map outlines.
    • display a list of available maps at cursor.
  • Regional Map
    • use in moving map (tracking) mode to show your position on a map loaded in the regional map window.
    • designed to use a map covering a very large area so you can see where you are positioned relative to local landmarks (towns etc).
  • Print Map – print maps to any scale.
  • Print Lists – waypoint list, route list.

Use Name Search to find and position places from a place names database. A utility is provided to allow you to create your own databases.

Export and Import

Right click on the map, a popup menu will provide quick access to many options.

Popup Menu Features

Quick Access to Program Operations:

  • Menu access to all features
  • Toolbar – ability to customize the user toolbar
    • main toolbar with dropdown menus.
    • user toolbar - select from more than 65 operations, two rows of buttons allowed.
    • ability to hide the main and user toolbar.
  • Assign operations to Function keys.
    • assign up to 11 function keys – select from more than 65 operations
  • Comprehensive Mouse operations.
    • map and object drag using the mouse.
    • popup menus on maps or map objects.
  • Popup Hints when mouse is held over objects such as waypoints

Features Hint

Types of Map Objects (Examples are shown)

Waypoint example

Route Example

Track Example

Point Example

Event Example

Map Features:
Map Features Example

Map Comments:
Map Comment Example

Properties of Map Objects:

  • many properties can be configured by the user.
  • list of properties which may apply to a particular object.
  • font size
  • style
  • name
  • description
  • foreground color
  • background color
  • symbol
  • symbol size
  • position
  • date

Double click on a waypoint to display and modify the properties of the waypoint.

Waypoint Properties


  • load up to 1000 waypoints to your map.
  • unlimited number of waypoint files.
  • automatic configuration to match your GPS.
  • waypoints are used to mark fishing or hunting locations, landmarks, boat ramps, and.
  • virtually any other point of interest.
  • uploaded/downloaded waypoints to or from a compatible model of GPS.
  • user configuration of numerous waypoint properties.
  • position waypoints on you map, add them to a route.
  • Waypoint List – lists waypoints positions and much more.
  • locate waypoints on the map from the list.
  • save groups of waypoints to file.



Track properties like the color, width and line type can be easily modified.

Track Features


  • unlimited number of points per track for up to 75 tracks.
  • unlimited number of track files.
  • automatic configuration to match your GPS.
  • tracks can be downloaded from the GPS.
  • manually create tracks and upload to the GPS.
  • ability to modify tracks which have been downloaded.
  • Track Control (for management of tracks).
  • ability to append a track from a file to the currently loaded track.
  • multiple tracks can be displayed on a map at the same time.


Manually place objects on your map. The position coordinates of any object can be modified in the properties box of the object for exact positioning.

Object Properties

Map Features:

  • display up to 500 Map Features / Symbols per map.
  • placed on a map, they are used to show the position of places or features of interest.
  • select your own symbol to display.
  • link to a picture file to a map feature, the picture is displayed with the map feature in the properties dialog.
  • Map Feature List – lists map feature positions and much more.
  • locate map features on your map from the list.
  • scan for maps containing the position of a map feature and display a list.
  • save groups of map features to file.

Map Comments:

  • display up to 500 Map Comments per map.
  • placed on a map, these are text objects used to give specific information or notes.
  • select your own text properties and background colour including transparent.
  • Map Comment List – lists map comments positions and comment text.
  • locate map comments on your map from the list.
  • scan for maps containing the position of a map comment and display a list.
  • save groups of comments in the map file.