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Discussion: customized graphical icon in Purple Pen clue sheet

in: Orienteering; General

Jun 19, 2019 2:40 PM # 
Wondering if anyone else has toyed with the symbols.xml file in PurplePen, to create new customized graphical icons.

Here below is somewhat of a symbolic representation of a street lamp (light).

Many thanks to Bob Boltz of the Northeast Ohio Orienteering Club (NEOOC) for the hint on how to do this.

Jun 19, 2019 3:05 PM # 
I googled and clicked "images" for graphical examples of "beer icon", which seemed superior to images of "beer emoji".

I'm partial to tall-neck bottles over mugs, but you've got such limited space. One was a Facebook thumbs-up holding a tall neck. There are many very bold, simple mug examples.

{edited} I just realized there are already chalk symbols for most (all?) of the hashing clues.
Jun 19, 2019 6:40 PM # 
A lamp is typically at another feature (e.g road junction, path bend) in our neck of the woods though we still tend to use 'light pole' as a (English) description for our street events regardless.
Jun 20, 2019 6:12 PM # 
Jun 20, 2019 6:54 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
That is too cool! We find old cars irresistible out here, time to break some standards and avoid a text line.

Jun 20, 2019 9:10 PM # 
... and here is a photo of the cannon and its surrounding area

Jun 21, 2019 12:56 PM # 
The name of the park map is "Guns and Roses" - I might add the special symbol into the course descriptions for these two examples:
Jul 1, 2019 4:07 PM # 
Feb 21, 2022 11:51 PM # 
@sherpes can you elaborate on the instructions a bit here? Perhaps post an example of your symbols.xml file?

Stumbling around trying to figure this out, as I know nothing about how to do this, I tried just copying an existing symbol and editing it, but I just got the same symbol due to the id #, which seems to be required from the notes at the top. The only thing I was able to edit was the name.
Mar 2, 2022 12:58 AM # 
@MIclimber, I've only "dabbled' with this a bit but found if you duplicate items (same ID, modified text) you will get the extra items with the different text but the graphics will be taken only from the first one in the XML file found - which matches what you saw. however, despite the ID being a IOF ID, as there is no actual external links for the items, you can just pick ID's not currently used for the duplicates and they will work. Obviously the procedure to actually change the graphics is tricky and takes some trial and error,.
Mar 4, 2022 4:28 PM # 
thanks I will play around with some more
Jun 6, 2022 9:43 PM # 
Played around with... It is quite tedious without gui editor, but theoretically any icon is possible with enough practice and time. Excited to deploy these for ARs.
Jun 6, 2022 10:21 PM # 
What's the AR description for 'misplaced control'?
Jun 6, 2022 10:45 PM # 
I’m bridging worlds at our events with Lidar maps and gps placed controls, slowly but surely bringing niched folks together
Jun 25, 2022 3:12 AM # 
I now have custom symbols for bike, trek, paddle, fence/hay bale, Easter egg, and an old car. A kind email request and I can share my file. Interesting symbol suggestions considered.

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