Customizing colors used on N-Tracking maps
In this topic, Administrators learn to set the color N-Tracking uses to display warning and caution information and different categories of aircraft.
We estimate that this will take 4 minutes to complete.
2 Detailed Explanation
Using Colors to Indicate Flight Characteristics
N-Tracking default colors are applied to
aircraft symbols on the map for a visual indication of status.
For airlines using surface tracking, these same colors apply to tracked and "other" planes on the surface tracking maps.
In this topic, you learn how to choose the color to use in N-Tracking for:
■ warning and caution information and aircraft symbols
■ tracked flights
■ aircraft in "my fleet" (allocated to a user's desk)
■ other flights
■ planned flights (Flight List banner only)
When you first access the map, you'll notice
two things -- the Flight List on the left and colored aircraft
icons overlaying the map.
The colors used in the Flight List section headers match the coloring of the aircraft icons on the map. You can tailor these color assignments.
For example, you might choose to assign a corporate color to the My Fleet banner and icons, a slightly different color to the Planned banner, and a very different color to Others banner and aircraft icons that display on the map.
In the following example, you learn how to customize these colors for your airline.
Click the ADMIN dropdown button.
Click the Administration list item.
Use the Color menu option on the Administration menu to customize the colors used on the map.
Click the Color menu item.
The Custom Colors page shows the
current selection of colors used by N-Tracking for this
example. Notice, for example that aircraft for which alerts
are being emitted are colored a bright red.
Each color displays its associated hexadecimal ("HEX") code, such as #FF6600.
Each of the color swatches shown on this page
features a checkbox.
If the checkbox is not selected, the N-Tracking default color applies.
In this example, two types of aircraft are displayed using non-default colors: aircraft in a "caution" status and aircraft listed in the Others section of the Flight List.
To see how the checkboxes work in practice, click the checkbox for the Caution Flight color to deselect it.
Click the Caution flight color check box.
The color swatch for Caution
changes to orange, from its previous yellow.
Orange is the default color N-Tracking applies to aircraft in caution status.
To change the colors used to different
non-default colors, enter the color's HEX code (if you
know it) into the input field to the right of the color
Alternatively, you can use the Color Picker built into N-Tracking to select and change colors. In this example, the dark blue chosen to depict Other Flight(s) may not provide enough contrast to differentiate these aircraft from those in your fleet.
Click the Other Flight color input field.
Click the green zone.
To dramatically change the color (for more
contrast), pick a different hue in the vertical bar on the right of the
For this example, click in the green zone between light blue and yellow.
Click the top portion of the green color swatch.
For a different shade of green, click in the
color swatch on the left of the Color Picker. (In this
example, near the top.)
The small white circle re-positions to reflect a different color shade.
The Color Picker shows the current color
choice in a horizontal bar below the Picker.
The larger color palette on the left also displays a small white circle indicating where in the color spectrum this color belongs.
The Color Picker displays the hexadecimal code
for the color you selected.
When you're happy with the chosen color, click the X at the lower right corner of the Picker to close it.
Click X (Close) icon.
The default color applied to the banner for Planned flights in the
Flight List is black.
You may find that this does not provide enough contrast. In that case, use the techniques you just learned to change that color.
Click the Planned Flight Color check box.
Click the Planned Flight color input field.
In this example, enter 8f4d3 after "#0" in the input
You can type the letters in either upper or lower case.
Enter 8f4d3 into the Planned Flight color field.
The Planned Flight banner adopts
the new color.
To lighten this color, you would click farther to the left in the color swatch -- closer to the white corner.
Click the X (Close) icon.
Always remember to save your changes.
Click the Save button.
Check the impact of your color changes on the map.
Click the Map tab.
Based on the color changes you made...
The icons of aircraft in "caution" status display in orange on the map.
The aircraft in your fleet display in a mid-range blue.
The icons for tracked flights display in a lighter blue.
The lighter color assigned to the Planned banner provides more contrast than black.
The new color chosen for Other aircraft also provides good contrast. (In this example, the display of these flights on the map is toggled off.)