2The tool is NOT certified. Verify your results! Purpose of Excel2FVMark IIMany agencies produce point lists of different data (target lists, force locations, etc.) in either Excel or delimited text format.You can manually enter that data into FalconView or let the Excel2FV tool do the work for you.CAUTIONThe tool is NOT certified. Verify your results!
3Getting StartedThe Excel2FV2.doc file is the program and runs by using an embedded macro.PFPS Update Tool must be installed!In MS Word, Ensure your Macro Security is set to Medium.Excel2FV2 uses Macros to run the Visual Basic code.Go to Tools > Macro > Security and ensure the setting is Medium.
4Enable Macros Open the Excel2FV2.doc to run the program You must Enable Macros for the program to runIf you don’t get the option window to enable Macros, then your security setting is incorrectIt should be set to MediumIf the Word .doc opens like this, then you need to change your Macro security.
5Run MacroNew Mark II format uses tabs across the top vs. buttons from the Word DocSelect the appropriate tab for what you want to convertExcel2FVPoint Group ManagerRepairsMark IIOld Format
6Main MenuClick on any of the above tabs to go directly to that topic. Otherwise you will advance through each one in order.Click the home button to take you back to this Main Menu screenEnd of Show
7Import to FV This is the idea that started the whole program! Converts a spreadsheet of data (that contains coordinates) into a file displayable in FalconView
8FalconView must be open to supply DTED Select the Import TypeLocal Point database or Drawing fileClick the Source button and browse for the file you want to convert.Default format is an .xls file, but you can also choose a tab delimited text file.Select the Destination (Save location) of the .lpt file.FalconView must be open to supply DTED
9The Coordinate Format your file is in should automatically be detected Once the .xls file is “read”, the number of columns will automatically adjust in the program to match the Excel fileThe Coordinate Format your file is in should automatically be detectedCardinal direction (N/S or E/W) can be at either the beginning or end of numeric value.N W4515.6N W4515.6N WMGRSSpecify what data is in each columnUse the dropdown to match ID, Lat-Long, Description, etc.Use Comments as the designation for all non-specific fieldsSelect Comment # for your column that represents your GroupsWe will specify the Groups using the Set Filters button later
10Setting Filters Click the Set Filters button to specify your groups. In the Filter Column dropdown, select the column number that contains your groups.Enter the Filter Text you want to filter by and the group name (Point Group) you want to assign it.See next 2 slides for specifics on this.Click Done! to apply and close.
11FilteringThe data you are working with might only contain descriptions of points and not actual group names.By filtering for specific text within that Description column you can designate specific groups.Ex. All items in Comment 1 column that contain the text “red” (Redding, Stored, etc.) would be assigned to the Targets group.There is a hierarchy of filtering based on the Filter number (1, 2, 3…).Ex. If your second filter was “store”, then the comment “stored” would also be assigned to the Red group because that filter was applied first.
12FilteringYou can search for several different strings by separating them with commas.i.e. “Church, Mosque, Synagogue” will group any record containing any of the three strings.You can do searches that are limited to the start of a string using the ~ character.i.e. A search for “74~” will find but not Similarly, searching for “~74” will search for records that end with 74 only.The Auto Filter button will automatically fill in your filter fields based on all the different names it finds within the designated column.Works for the first 1000 points.
13FilteringUse the Reset Filters and Groups buttons to return those field values back to the default ones.Icon Set 1 button lets you cycle through 4 preset icon settingsThe Done! button will apply all settings and close the window.Clicking on the in the top, right corner will do the same thing.
14Save & Open SettingsData that’s distributed on a regular basis will almost always stick with the same formatUse the Save Import Settings to save your settings for filters, column format, and coordinate formatFiles get saved as *.t2l files*.t2l = Text 2 Local Point – original programUse the Open Saved Settings to open previously saved *.t2l files
15Create! Click the Create! button to create the *.lpt file. Import Summary WindowWill tell you how many points were imported into the new *.lpt file, how many failed, and how many were skipped.Adding to existing fileIf you are saving to a file that already exists you will get this window.You have 3 options (adding, deleting old file first, or renaming to new file)
16Verify Your Data! Open PFPS Database Admin Go to File > Local Database > Set Active Database…At the DBA32 window, select Yes to change to new databaseSelect the *.lpt file you just createdBrowse if saved to another locationHighlight a group and select EditVerify point data, check for incorrect Lat/Longs, etc.Repeat for remaining Groups
17Display Points in FalconView Open Overlay Options in FalconViewGo to Local Points “Tab”Check the Group Names you want to display on the mapDefault is none checkedAdjust Display Threshold as desiredRecommend setting to NEVER to locate any stray points on the world TIROS viewCheck the Local Points On box and click OK to display points on map
18A point’s Name (ID) will be used as Tooltip text for both Local Points and Drawings The Name and Description will show in the Status Bar Text for Local Points.Note:A Local Point’s comment field is limited to 80 characters. This number decreases by 2 for each additional line of comments. (ex. 4 lines of comments are limited to a toal of 74 characters, including spaces)
19Converting Drawing Files This function will create small drawing objects at the pointsThe process of selecting a Source, Destination, and designating columns remains the same as with Local Points.C2PC files (*.mgc) are converted using the next process.Choose from many different shapes, colors, and fill types.Embedded TextAdds text within the sides of the drawingPlot CenterPointA small circle designates the center of the object.
20Drawing specific settings get applied Fill Pattern, Symbol Size, Line Width, Symbol Type and ColorSymbol size can be manually entered too(1200 FT, 4.53 KM, 223 Meters, etc.)Symbol Color and Type only apply if no match is found under Set FiltersClick Set Filters to set specifics for each GroupClick line to change color
21Set Filter Text, Symbol Type, and Color for each Group Click Done! when readySave settings in main GUISave Import Settings button2 new checkboxes for drawingsRainbow ColorsHide Border Lines
22Drawing File Overrides You can designate a column that will be used to override the drawing defaults or import settings.Column can contain any or all characteristics of the object to override.“5NM green pentagon crosshatch” in the designated column will override all defaults with these parameters.If you just enter “Yellow crosshatch”, the default size and shape will be used and only the color and fill characteristics will be modified.Override parameters can be entered in any order. If multiple entries are present (blue 5NM green), then the last one (green) will be used.
23Click Create! to generate the drawing file. When complete you will be asked if you want to open the new file in FalconView.Will launch FVW if not already open.
24Draw File AreasIf you have multiple Lat/Longs or MGRS coordinates in the same cell an area will be generated.Ex. If you have a Lat/Long cell with 3 coordinates a triangle will be created.
25Using Highlighter Fill Be cautious when using Highlighter to fill the drawing areas, especially if processing a large number of points.There is a substantial loss in performance when highlighter is used.
26Connecting Same Name Pts Use Connect Same Name Pts to create a Polyline drawingPoints in separate fieldsSelecting Close Multipoint Records will connect first and last points (polygon)
27FV2Excel This will convert a PFPS file to an Excel File Local Point ThreatDrawingMan CHUM
28Start by selecting what type of file you want to convert Source File TypeLocal Point, Threat, Drawing, or Manual CHUMSelect the Export File TypeExcel, comma delimited, or C2PC *.mgc fileFuture ImprovementsNote: Manual CHUM file conversion only converts the point data (towers, airports, etc.). It does not convert power lines.
29Select the variables that effect the output format Coordinate FormatColumn FormatOptional ColumnsAlternate line shadingOptions may vary depending on what source file is selectedThreat file options
30Click Convert File! to generate the Excel (or text) file Check output data for errors
31Converting C2PC FilesYou now have the option of converting C2PC Magic (*.mgc) files or C2PC Threat Export filesNew Convert Multiple .mgc Files option
32C2PC Magic Files The GUI is very straightforward Select your Source (*.mgc file)The Destination will fill in automatically based on the name and Save Location window selection.
33Click the Convert File! button when ready. If you want to use anything other than the default settings in FalconView drawings, check and set the 4 Font Overrides settings.This will override the style settings from the C2PC fileClick the Convert File! button when ready.
35You will need to run C2PC and save the threat file as an *.mdb file. Select this file as your Source.Enter a Destination for the resulting FalconView *.thr (or Drawing) file.Use the Geo Filtering to “crop” the *.mdb file.Click Convert File!
36Point Group ManagerAllows you to move or copy groups between Local Point filesKeeps your Local Point icons and links intactPFPS Database Admin does notChanges are applied immediatelyNo save button
37Use the Change button to select a Local Point file The New button is used to create a new Local Point fileUse the arrow buttons to copy individual groups or all groups. The Move button will move the group from one file to the otherNumber of point and links transferred will be displayed each time an arrow button is selectedThe Rename button is used to rename groups that are highlightedNew buttons on the bottom allow you to Update Elevations From DTED for the points
38Repairs TabRepairs gives you several administrative features that are helpful with PFPS2 of the buttons will only show if certain registry entries are missing (once selected they will disappear)Fix PC to run Excel2FVshould always be run after install of Excel2FVFix TaskView Excel Exportfixes TaskView problem for Office 2003 and Office XP machines
39Repairs – Reset FalconView Overlays Reset FalconView Overlays will clear up any overlay problems that are preventing FalconView from opening. If FVW opens for an instant and then shuts down, use this reset button to fix the error.
40Repairs – Reset All Current User Options Reset All Current User Options will reset all PFPS settings back to the install default settingsie., GENERIC AIRCRAFT at KVPS/A, plus everything elseLatest addition to the Repairs tab
41Repairs – User Preferences You can now easily capture all PFPS settings that effect the current user’s profileModify settings in PFPS (including all FalconView Overlay Options settings, start aircraft and location) and then Export to a PFPS Preferences (*.pp) fileImport to apply those settings to any user’s profileAutomatically creates backup of current profile
42Repair - Merge FV Drawing Files Allows you to merge up to 9 separate drawing files into one new oneSelect File # 1This will create a File # 2 buttonSelect up to 9 drawing filesEnter a name for the merged file and select MERGE!
43Repairs – Map Path Management Map Path Scrubber allows you to clean up your map paths that have been corrupted by manually moving files (not using the Map Data Manager)Files copied directly from a CD keep the “Read Only” attribute. These can’t be updated from the CSD.Copying data outside of MDM may also give you duplicate files of the same frame (different versions)
44Repairs – Map Path Management Map Path Update will update your local coverage files to match those of you map data paths (if more current)This is very useful for updating the coverage of ‘client’ computers after the servers maps have been updated. Without running Map Path Update you would have to run a Data Check on your maps which can take a long time.
45Repairs – Map Path Management Backup saves the current FalconView path configurationRestore resets to the selected Backup path file configurationIf FalconView gets locked up and you suspect the problem is with your network map paths, Reset removes all but the two default pathsCD-ROM and C:\PFPS\falcon\data
46JSTARS Mission Report Converter Translates the JSTARS Mission Reports into a Drawing fileSave the JSTARS mission report Word document as a text file then use this tool to import all the JSTARS mission reports as a FalconView drawing file
47Convert OC-135 INS RouteThe OC-135’s Litton INS points are converted into a Local Point fileHelps you to rapidly create a route or display points in FalconViewSelect the OC-135’s INS log file (*.ins) as your SourceClick Import Points!