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Quick start

Welcome to QuoVadis X, or QVX for short.

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

We recommend, even for experienced QV users, to 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 qvx1_setup.pkg and for Windows the file is qvx1_setup.exe. Start the installation with a double click and follow the instructions of the setup wizard.


QVX must be activated once at the first program start. The dialog File account opens automatically.

License purchased in QV-Shop

If you purchased QVX from the QV Store, simply enter the email address and password of your QV Store account and click Verify. 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. Hier you will find more information-

demo version

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

Program window

The program window is divided into five main areas:

  • Top the Main menu with the toolbar
  • top right the windows toggle switches, with which the views of the different windows can be toggled
  • On the left the Xplorer window for data management
  • Right, the map window.
  • Below the status line with important information about the current status

There are three more windows if required:

  • On the far left the planning window to plan routes, print etc.
  • top right the search window
  • At the bottom right the window of the project manager (short PM)

All windows can be faded in and out as often as desired at any time using the toggle buttons in order to have the best possible overview of 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 always stores all data in SQLite databases on the hard 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 store the different types of data. So waypoints always come into a waypoint table, routes into a route table and so on.

The Xplorer is designed accordingly:

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

Of course, in Xplorer you can create, delete, move back and forth or copy any new DBs, tables and data with the usual Cut-Copy-Paste commands or by Drag-Drop. For most operations there is a undo function for security reasons and the trash can helps to prevent accidental deletion.

So much for that at this point. All further information can be found hier.

The map window

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

Imagine the card window as a large table, empty at first. Now get a map from the drawer and spread it out on the table. Then draw a route with the highlighter, mark interesting places with stones.

QVX does it just like that. 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 displayed in the magenta box immediately
  • Mouse pointer: each time the mouse is moved, 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 map

QVX already has a large selection of online maps pre-installed. These can be found in the database Online cards 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 motorbike or car tours. Select “OSM” in the tree and “” in the list. Note that the status line confirms the selection.

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


Move in the map

keys 1, 2, 3, 4, c zooms by cursor\
Tools , -, 1 zooms around cursor
Mouse wheel zooms around mouse pointer
Move with mouse while holding left mouse button

If the map section changes, QVX has to load the new areas first. This can take more or less time. Especially with online cards 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 in the Xplorer, if you like also several at once, and simply drag into the map window, or also show with In map.


The command Remove from map is used for this purpose, which simply removes the object from the map window.

Please do not confuse 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 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 a hit in the search window. It is then always the same object.

Objects can be edited with the following functions:

In order to edit an object, it is selected first, So simply click with the left mouse button and it will be highlighted in 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. (contextmenu)

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

Plan a route

Now it's getting serious.

There is a separate toolbar for planning:

We choose Plan new route:

Now several things are happening at once:

  • 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 Add points is activated from the edit toolbox.
  • The mouse pointer in the map changes to indicate the active function.

We can now immediately start 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. Result are two points 001 and 002 and a straight green line:

Now we change the routing options, because we don't want an airline route today. But first, turn off Add points because we no longer need the rubber band.

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 have a look at the profile on the XY page and the details on the roadbook page.


For the return path another route

  • Close planning

First we create a duplicate of the route:

  • Route Display in database
  • Duplicate
  • Draw duplicate in card
  • Remove original from map

Now edit the route:

  • Open info of duplicate
  • Rename
  • tool reverse
  • *Insert point activate * Put a dot on the Boshua pass, put another one in the Namib ===== Install maps ====== Tickets purchased in the QV-Shop are made available for download as a Zip package. Download the package and then select: Select Zip on the disk and the installation will start. The maps can then be found in the DB “My Maps” in the map table “Packages”. Alternatively, go to Account - My Licenses and click Download. he dialog “Download packages” opens and you can download and install the packages you bought in the QV-Shop directly. ==== send route to GPS ====== QVX automatically detects connected devices. As soon as you connect a device to the 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 on which device it should be sent. For more information, see hier. ===== Download data from the 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 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: ===== Print ====== ==== map sections ==== To print a map section, select Print Map from the Planning menu: * Under Output, set Printer. * Use Settings to select the desired printer and paper size. * Under Map section you can set what you want to print: * the Current map section in the map window or * A map section that includes the objects selected in PM. * Click Create Print Area if you have changed the portal or selection to create the print pages. * Under size set the desired scale * Automatically, then everything is adapted to one page * Or any scale from the list, then QVX calculates 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 details 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. The preview shows an example of how the parameters work. Any change to these parameters updates the page calculation and draws the pages into the map: You can finetune 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. When everything fits, click Start and the pages will be sent to the printer: ==== Routes ==== To print the roadbook of a route, select the route in the Xplorer, map or PM, 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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