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  • If you position the end of a pencil line on a ship, it will stick to the ship and move as the ship moves.
  • Use the Notes tab of a chart's Properties to examine all the notes on a chart.
  • See when and where the sun and moon rise and set in the Properties for any overlay point, waypoint, port, tidal diamond or ship.
  • Have a look at View | Options to see some of the things you can adjust to make Henry work the way you want.
  • Position your ship automatically from a GPS using View | "NMEA Interface" and then your ship's Properties Position page.
  • The status bar shows the name of any overlay point under the cursor on a chart. Use View | Tips | "Chart Label Tips" to see this name in a tip window next to the cursor as well.
  • Set the displayed heading of your ship automatically from a Gyro or electronic compass using View | "NMEA Interface" and then your ship's Properties Position page.
  • Save the current set of open windows so that you can restore them later using Workspace | Save.
  • You can re-open the last used workspace automatically when Henry starts by setting the option in View | Options | System on the Workspace page.
  • See the maximum possible area of chart at once using View | "Full Screen".
  • Configure how charts are displayed using Chart | Configuration.
  • Scroll a chart in any direction by holding the left mouse button down (so that the cursor changes to a hand - anywhere except an overlay object) and then dragging the chart.
  • Change the appearance of all the overlay points in a document in one go by setting the "Apply to all points in document" option in the Properties Display page.
  • You can use macros in an overlay label to display information that can change:
    • Use "@P" in the label of an overlay point to display the position of the point.
    • Use "@T" in the label of an overlay point to display the modification time of the point (except tidal diamonds).
    • Use "@S" in the label of a ship to display the speed of the ship.
    • Use "@B" in the label of a ship to display the direction the ship is moving.
    • Use "@H" in the label of a ship to display the heading of the ship.
    • Use "@R" in the label of a tidal diamond to display the tidal rate.
    • Use "@T" in the label of a tidal diamond to display the prediction time.
  • Right click on a waypoint or route leg and select "Route Monitor..." to see details of the route and ETA, ETT, CTS for your own ship relative to the route and the next waypoint on the route.
  • You can use keyboard shortcuts to display your own ship or the currently selected overlay point on the best chart.
    • Press the F5 function key to display your own ship on the best available chart.
    • Press the F4 function key to find your own ship on the best available chart.
  • Hold the Shift key down while performing another command (e.g. F4 or F5) in order to see the choices dialog that is currently set to be skipped. Holding the Shift key down also skips a choices dialog that is currently set not to be skipped.
  • Right click on a waypoint in a route list view and do "Properties (Leg).." to see details of the leg leading to the waypoint.
  • Record the track of a ship using the ship's Properties "Track Log" page.
  • Using drag and drop, you can move or copy overlay points and waypoints from one overlay document to another simply by dragging them with the pointer.
  • Use a route's Properties Notification page to enable an automatic warning (a Request for Attention) when your own ship deviates from that route (Cross Track Error).
  • You can add your own pictures (e.g. from a digital camera) to overlay points and waypoints using the point's Properties Pictures page.
  • Sort a list view by clicking on a column heading. Reverse the order of the list by clicking on the same column heading again. (Not applicable to routes.)
  • Use a double click as a shortcut to do the bold item on the menu that would be displayed if you right clicked.
  • Henry can display lots of ships at once. To identify which one is your ship, set the "Own ship" option on a ship's Vessel Properties page.
  • Use a pencil line to measure distances and bearings quickly. The length and bearing are displayed in the status bar while you are drawing the line.
  • Move an overlay point, waypoint, pencil line or annotation by dragging it on a chart using the mouse.
  • Add an extra waypoint to a route by dragging an existing waypoint while holding the control key down.
  • You can add a new waypoint to a route by dragging an overlay point from it's listview into the route's listview.
  • Create a new overlay point, pencil line or annotation by dragging an existing one while holding the control key down.
  • The status bar shows the latitude and longitude of the cursor. Hold the "S" key down to see distance and bearing from own ship instead (requires an Own Ship).
  • When editing a bearing, date, distance, position, speed or velocity in a dialog or property page, use the space bar to move between components of the value.
  • The edges of boundary points are normally straight. However you can make a curved boundary by clicking on one corner while holding the Shift key down.
  • When using the "New Waypoint tool", insert a new waypoint anywhere on a route by clicking and / or dragging a route leg or way point.
  • Some dialogs have an option to only be shown when the shift key is pressed. The opposite works too - hold the Shift key down to skip a dialog that does not have this option set.
  • A route leg or pencil line can be either a rhumb line or a great circle. Use Edit | Properties to choose and compare line types.
  • Using View | Options | Navigation, on the Lines page, you can choose to have route legs and pencil lines drawn simultaneously as both rhumb lines and great circles on charts.
  • To select all the overlay points in an area, use the Rectangle tool; then right click and use the "Select points inside" command. Works to select charts too, when View | "Raster Chart Outlines" or "S-57 Cell Outlines" is on.
  • Using View | Options | Navigation you can choose whether new pencil lines and route legs are rhumb lines or great circles.
  • There are keyboard shortcuts for the menu commands which display "Ctrl+?". Hold the control key down while pressing the key named in place of the "?".
  • Copy multiple waypoints between routes using extended selection (using the control and shift keys) and doing Edit | Copy and Edit | Paste.
  • Right click and choose "More Charts" or "Charts" to get a list of all the available charts at a point. Uninstalled charts have a dimmed icon. Unlicensed charts have a red cross on top of their icon.
  • From any Chart context menu, use "New Window" to look at another chart at the same position without losing the view of the existing Chart.

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