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Quick start

Welcome to QuoVadis X, or QVX for short.

This chapter is intended to make the introduction as easy as possible. From installation and activation to an initial overview of the most important components and functions and the creation of the first route, the steps are clearly described.

We recommend that even experienced QV users read at least this chapter briefly. Further information can then be found in the corresponding chapters.

Have fun with QVX


Download the setup file from our Homepage. For Apple-Mac this is the qvx1_setup.pkg and for Windows the file is called qvx1_setup.exe. Start the installation with a double click and follow the instructions of the setup wizard.


At the first program start QVX must be activated once. The File Account dialog opens automatically.

License purchased in the QV-Shop

If you purchased QVX from QV-Shop, simply enter the email address and password of your QV-Shop account and click Check. QVX now loads your licenses and lists them:

Finally, you must activate the licenses on this computer. To do this, click on Activate. Now you should see your QVX license:

Done, you can close the dialog.

License purchased with serial number

For activation with serial number please go to the page Manual Import. Here you will find more information-

Demo version

If you just want to try out QVX, you don't need a QV Shop account or to enter an email address or password. Simply click on Activate demo version and you have 25 days to test everything at your leisure. The functional range of the QVX power users is available without restrictions.

Program window

The program window is divided into five main areas:

  • At the top the main menu with the toolbar
  • The window toggle switch in the upper right corner, which switches the view of the different windows
  • On the left the Xplorer window for data management
  • On the right the map window
  • Below the status line with important information on the current status

There are three more windows if required:

  • On the far left the planning window to plan routes, print them etc
  • In the upper right corner the search window
  • The Project Manager window (PM for short) at the bottom right

All windows can be switched on and off as often as required at any time using the toggle switches, in order to have the best possible overview for the current task.

The Xplorer window

This is the dry part of this tutorial… But this is about your GPS data, routes, tracks and waypoints and the maps and how and where they are stored.

QVX basically stores all data in SQLite databases on disk in the QVX_Data folder. You can create as many DBs as you like and organize them according to tours, countries, years or just as you like.

It is important that there are different tables within a database to hold the different types of data. So waypoints always come in a waypoint table, routes in a route table and so on.

The Xplorer is designed accordingly:

  • In the tree view you can see all databases (blue barrel symbol) and the tables they contain
  • In the list you can see the content of the table that is clicked in the tree
  • And in the Info you can see all details of the object(s) that are clicked in the list. All details can also be changed here.

Of course, you can create, delete, move or copy new DBs, tables and data in the Xplorer with the usual cut-copy-paste commands or by drag-drop. For most operations there is an undo function for security reasons and the recycle bin helps against accidental deletion.

So much for that at this point. You will find all further information here.

The map window

In the map window you can see your data, correctly marked geographically, on maps of your choice.

Think of the card window as a large table that is initially empty. Now take a map from the drawer and spread it out on the table. Then draw a route with the highlighter and mark interesting places with small stones.

QVX does the same thing. First load a map from a map table in the Xplorer. You can add existing tracks, routes and waypoints. Or they start planning a new route.

The map window consists of the following components:

  • Cursor: set by clicking with the left mouse button, a lot of information about the place will be shown in the magenta box
  • Mouse pointer: with every movement of the mouse, the coordinates under the mouse pointer and the distance to the cursor are displayed in the red box
  • Scale: shows the scale of the current view, and the length of the yellow box.
  • Map selection: shows additional information or loads another map
  • Edit: Tools to edit tracks, routes and waypoints on the map
  • Zoom: Changes the view (the easiest way to zoom is with the mouse wheel)

Open a card

QVX already has a large selection of online maps pre-installed. You can find them in the database Online maps and pois. Especially interesting here are the different OpenStreetMap maps. You can find them in the table OSM. The “ Basemap/Zakladni” is particularly suitable for planning motorcycle or car tours. So select “OSM” in the tree and “” in the list. Note that the status bar confirms the selection.

Now Show in map from the main toolbar, select from the context menu or simply double-click. Make sure that “Replace main map” is checked in the following open map dialog:


Moving around the map

Keys 1, 2, 3, 4, c zooms around cursor
Tools , -, 1 zooms around cursor
Mouse wheel zooms around mouse pointer
Moving with mouse while holding down the left mouse button

If the map section changes, QVX must load the new areas first. This can take more or less time. Especially with online maps, like the To let you see what QVX is doing, there is a progress bar at the bottom that counts down to 0:

Load tracks, routes and WPs

Simply mark them in the Xplorer, also several at once, and simply drag them into the map window, or use Show in map.


To do this, use the command Remove from Map , which will simply remove the object from the map window.

Please do not confuse this with delete , this command deletes the object from the database, then it is gone.

Project manager

It is highly recommended to open the Project Manager - PM for short. You have direct access to all loaded objects and can also hide and show them with the checkbox:

The selection

Something dry again, but important.

Your data is in the database and you see it in the Xplorer. However, they can also appear elsewhere, e.g. in the map, as an entry in the PM or as hits in the search window. It is then always the same object.

Objects can be edited with the following functions:

To edit an object, it is first selected, So just click with the left mouse button and it will be highlighted blue, Then select the desired edit function.

Or click with the right mouse button, then the context menu of the object opens immediately and you have all possible functions to choose from. [context menu]

The name of the current selection always appears at the bottom right of the status bar of the main window.

Planning a route

The band begins to play.

There is a separate toolbar for planning:

We select Planning a new route :

Now several things are happening simultaneously:

  • A new, initially empty route with the name “New route” is created in the database.
  • The route planning window opens
  • In the map, the function Append points is activated from the editing toolbox
  • The mouse pointer in the map changes to show the active function

We can start right now to put points on the map that form the stations of our route. We set the start to Windhoek and the second to Swakopmund, our destination. The result is two points 001 and 002 and a straight green line:

Now we change the routing options, because we don't want a linear route today. But first, switch attach points off again, because we don't need the rubber band anymore.

QVX offers a wide range of routing options, offline and online. We select “Microsoft Maps” and immediately the route is recalculated and the result is displayed:

That's it, we can give the route another name, unfold the tools and get the altitude profile online and look at the profile on the XY page and the details on the roadbook page.


For the way back another route

  • Close planning

We first create a duplicate of the route:

  • Route Show in database
  • Duplicate
  • Pull duplicate into card
  • Remove original from card

Now edit the route:

  • Open info from duplicate
  • Rename
  • Tool Reversing
  • Insert point activate
  • Set a point on Boshua Pass, another one in the Namib

Install cards

Tickets purchased in the QV-Shop are provided as a zip-package for download. Download the package and then select:

Select Zip on the disk and the installation starts. The maps are then located in the DB “My maps” in the map table “Packages”.

Alternatively go to Account - My Licenses and click on Download. he “Download Packages” dialog opens and you can download and install the packages you have purchased in the QV-Shop directly.

Send route to GPS

QVX automatically detects connected devices. As soon as you connect a device to your computer via USB, it will appear in the Xplorer shortly afterwards - if it was connected by Windows or macOS:

Now you can select the route or routes - in Xplorer, on the map or in PM - and simply select Send:

The dialog summarizes again what you have selected and to which device it should be sent. For further information see here.

Download data from GPS

If you want to download waypoints, TGracklogs or routes stored in the GPS:

  • connect the device first and wait until it appears in the tree
  • Click on the device in the tree.
  • QVX now reads the content and displays it in tables in the tree:

  • Now you can simply copy-paste or drag and drop the desired data into a local database.
  • You can also save a complete backup of all data in the device by dragging the device itself to a folder in the tree using copy-paste or drag-drop:


Map sections

To print a map section, select Print map from the planning menu:

  • Under Output set Printer.
  • With Settings you select the desired printer and paper size.
  • Under map section you set what you want to print:
  • the current map section in the map window or
  • A map section that includes the objects selected in the PM
  • Click Create print area if you have changed section or selection to create the print pages.
  • Under size you set the desired scale
  • Automatically, then everything is adjusted to one page
  • Or any scale from the list, then QVX will calculate how many pages are needed.
  • Resolution can be Low, Normal or High. At low resolution you have larger fonts and a better readable map, but less detail than at high resolution, where the font can be quite small.
  • With poi and line factor you can set the size of the symbols and the width of the lines.

In the preview you can see an example of the effect of the parameters.

Every change to these parameters updates the page calculation and draws the pages into the map:

You can still fine-tune the pages in the map by moving them or deleting unneeded pages. To do this, move the mouse over a page and open the context menu.

If everything fits, click Start and the pages are sent to the printer:


To print the roadbook of a route, select the route in the Xplorer, on the map or in the PM and then select Print list .

In the following dialog you can optionally select different columns and then simply click on Print.




qvx_data folder


further reading

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