Creating a Chart File index in AutoChart / AutoChartPro?
With the Chart File Index manager you can create an index of all your data files. The use of a Chart File Index is very handy when you have a lot of data files, possibly from different areas.
The actual Chart File Index is a header file which contains information on what is inside your data files and where. AutoChart uses this information to retrieve the data from the particular area you are currently at. You can use significant amounts of data without filling up your computers primary memory - only the data that is necessary for the target area will be loaded.
To create your own Chart File Index you will need to open the Chart File Index Manager:
The Chart File Index Manager will open to the following:
1. You will need to click on New to create your own Custom Chart File Index. You will need to name the .aci file to a name of your choosing. Some suggestions would be the name of the lake that the Chart File Index is for or something that will verify what the files will be for.
2. You will also need to choose the location in which you want the file to be saved such as your Desktop, Documents, Downloads or to an external drive such as a blank SD/MSD card or flash drive.
3. From here you will click Save to
Once you click Save you will go back to the original Chart File Index Manager menu. You will then click on Add File(s) to select the .acd files of the area you wish to group together.
Once you select the files you wish to load to this index you will click Open.
You can now close the Chart File Index manager to complete the process. Your new .aci file will be in the location you chose to save it to and can then be used when you choose the Add File or Chart File Index to open all of the files saved to this .aci file.