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      Special Upgrade 4 Tech Tips   12/27/2016

      Hi all! Now that Upgrade 4 is out and about in large quantities we have now discovered a few SNAFUs that happen out in the scary, real world that is home computing.  Fortunately the rate of problems is extremely small and so far most are easily worked around.  We've identified a few issues that have similar causes which we have clear instructions for work arounds here they are: 1.  CMRT Windows customers need to re-license their original key.  This is a result of improvements to the licensing system which CMBN, CMBS, and CMFB are already using.  To do this launch CMRT with the Upgrade and the first time enter your Engine 4 key.  Exit and then use the "Activate New Products" shortcut in your CMRT folder, then enter your Engine 3 license key.  That should do the trick. 2.  CMRT and CMBN MacOS customers have a similar situation as #2, however the "Activate New Products" is inside the Documents folder in their respective CM folders.  For CMBN you have to go through the process described above for each of your license keys.  There is no special order to follow. 3.  For CMBS and CMFB customers, you need to use the Activate New Products shortcut and enter your Upgrade 4 key.  If you launch the game and see a screen that says "LICENSE FAILURE: Base Game 4.0 is required." that is an indication you haven't yet gone through that procedure.  Provided you had a properly functioning copy before installing the Upgrade, that should be all you need to do.  If in the future you have to install from scratch on a new system you'll need to do the same procedure for both your original license key and your Upgrade 4.0 key. 4.  There's always a weird one and here it is.  A few Windows users are not getting "Activate New Products" shortcuts created during installation.  Apparently anti-virus software is preventing the installer from doing its job.  This might not be a problem right now, but it will prove to be an issue at some point in the future.  The solution is to create your own shortcut using the following steps: Disable your anti-virus software before you do anything. Go to your Desktop, right click on the Desktop itself, select NEW->SHORTCUT, use BROWSE to locate the CM EXE that you are trying to fix. The location is then written out. After it type in a single space and then paste this:


      Click NEXT and give your new Shortcut a name (doesn't matter what). Confirm that and you're done. Double click on the new Shortcut and you should be prompted to license whatever it is you need to license. At this time we have not identified any issues that have not been worked around.  Let's hope it stays that way Steve
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      Forum Reorganization   10/12/2017

      We've reorganized our Combat Mission Forums to reflect the fact that most of you are now running Engine 4 and that means you're all using the same basic code.  Because of that, there's no good reason to have the discussion about Combat Mission spread out over 5 separate sets of Forums.  There is now one General Discussion area with Tech Support and Scenario/Mod Tips sub forums.  The Family specific Tech Support Forums have been moved to a new CM2 Archives area and frozen in place. You might also notice we dropped the "x" from distinguishing between the first generation of CM games and the second.  The "x" was reluctantly adopted back in 2005 or so because at the time we had the original three CM games on European store shelves entitled CM1, CM2, and CM3 (CMBO, CMBB, and CMAK).  We didn't want to cause confusion so we added the "x".  Time has moved on and we have to, so the "x" is now gone from our public vocabulary as it has been from our private vocabulary for quite a while already.  Side note, Charles *NEVER* used the "x" so now we're all speaking the same language as him.  Which is important since he is the one programming them

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Ctrl + Alt + T Hide/Show Toolbar.

F11 Full screen mode - Toggles between full screen and window view for the Google Earth application.

Ctrl + S Save Image - Saves the current view as an image to your computer.

Ctrl + L Lat/Lon grid - Produces a latitude and longitude grid over the surface of the earth in the 3D viewer.

Ctrl + Shft + O New image overlay - Produces the New Image Overlay dialog box.

n Reset view to north - up - Rotates view so that view is north-up.

u Reset tilt to top-down view - Resets angle to view scene in top-down or up mode.

Left arrow Move Left - Moves the viewer in the direction of the arrow.

Right arrow Move Right - Moves the viewer in the direction of the arrow.

Up arrow Move Up - Moves the viewer in the direction of the arrow.

Down arrow Move Down - Moves the viewer in the direction of the arrow.

Spacebar Stop Current Motion - When the viewer is in motion, stops movement.

How to set Map to preset viewing height:

1) Add a place marker from Toolbar (yellow push pin. if you already have one just edit it in your places list)

2) In pop up box under the VIEW tab set the RANGE: to x number of meters and click OK (I work in meters)

3) check ground scale in bottom left corner.

4) open Starting location from Places and ajust RANGE: Up or down depending on desired ground scale.

Now when you click on your starting location the map will zoom in or out to your desired ground scale then press n and the map will rotate so north is at the top of map (i.e north is always up)

How to get contour lines:

you will need a 1px x 1px white dot or any color you like

1) zoom map out to see more area than you are mapping

2) Ctrl + Shft + O green lines will appear on the map, you can drag these out to cover your area

3) in the pop up box put in a NAME:. I tend to name them 20m, 30m, 35m etc

4) LINK: Find your white pixel and connect it.

5) set TRANSPARENCY: I tend to put the slider in line with the LOCATION tab

6) Open the ALTITUDE: tab and change dropdown to Absolute and enter an altitude: in meters and click ok

You should now see this layer under places. layers can now be turned on and off using the check boxes

How to get images:

1) find image you want

2) Ctrl + Alt + T hides toolbar

3) F11 Full screen mode (give you a little more image)

4) Ctrl + S opens popup to save image (will save the image

once I have my google earth maps I overlay the 1947 black and whites to see the changes.

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Do you know how I can get town names to show up?

On the left hand tool bar you will find a drop down called LAYERS:

open the PRIMARY DATABASE and you will find a full list of things you can add to the maps. The one you want to click on is Borders and Labels.

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Can't wait to try this! You are so thoughtful to share this. I have found some interesting trucks and tanks using Google Earth in Rostov a Don, Russia last year.

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Google Earth

once I have my google earth maps I overlay the 1947 black and whites to see the changes.


I'm more interested in where you get your 1947 black and whites (aerials?)

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A little tip I just realized today, Google Earth let's you choose (in most areas) between pictures taken in different dates. If the area is heavily forested try a picture taken in Autumn or Winter for a better look at the ground.

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Posted (edited)
On ‎17‎.‎04‎.‎2015 at 1:04 AM, Pak40 said:


I'm more interested in where you get your 1947 black and whites (aerials?)




Edited by DesertFox

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