Expert Mode and the Advanced Favorites Editor

 

The advanced editor gives you access to the CSV (Comma Separated Value) file used to store the favorites data. This feature is intended for advanced users! No error checking is performed on the favorites file in expert mode, so it’s possible to corrupt the menu if you make a mistake. If this happens, close the favorites editor without saving changes. This will restore your saved favorites. If this doesn’t fix the problem, you’ll need to use the reset button to clear the favorites menu and start over again.

This being said, the favorites file is quite simple and anyone with basic computer skills should understand how it works. Each line in the file represents one menu item in the following format:

 

The Map ID is the name that is shown in the website address for each map, and the Map Name can be anything you want.

Note that you cannot use a comma in a map name, since it’s used to separate the ID and the name. When you use the regular favorites editor, commas are automatically removed from map names and replaced with blank spaces. But no error checking is done in the advanced editor, so if a line contains more than one comma, it will create a problem in the menu. 

 

 

Advanced users can use HTML code to change the appearance of menu items. For example, the following code will display the map name with small green letters in the menu

 

 

An explanation of HTML code is beyond the scope of this document, but a Google search will yield plenty of examples and tutorials. If you perform a reset of the favorites menu and choose the last option you can see a number of HTML examples. You can modify any of these styles to suit your needs, changing the font, color, size and other attributes.

 

 

Here’s an example of the HTML code used for the 1995 Aerials in the screenshot above.

 

Just for fun, we used one of the free icons from Font Awesome

You’ll have to decide whether it’s worth the effort to do this kind of menu customization. It’s probably more trouble than it’s worth for most people, but the capability is here if you want it.  When you use HTML in map names, they will no longer display properly in the regular favorites editor (which is designed to only show a short name). You’ll need to use the advanced editor to make any changes.

 

Other things you can do with the advanced editor

Since favorites are stored in a simple text file, the data can be easily copied and pasted. One application for this would be copying  your favorites from your desktop computer to your laptop. Just select everything in the advanced editor and paste it into an e-mail to yourself. Open the e-mail on your laptop and paste the data into the advanced editor on that machine. A similar technique can be used to share your favorites with others.

You could also copy the favorites data and paste it into a Notepad document on Windows or TextEdit on the Mac. This would be a good way to backup your favorites, or to create multiple favorites menus for different purposes.

 

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