Covering the whole world would require a really huge database, so there are only some examples included or are available as separate downloads.
To add the countries you are interested in, you have to download raw data for this country and convert it to MyFsTools's data format.
There are two sources of raw data that are directly supported by MyFsTools, which together cover the whole world:
The "National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGS)" provides the "GEOnet Names Server (GNS)" that covers all countries of the world except U.S. states:
Just download the wanted country files and unzip them.
The "U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)" provides the "Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)" that covers all U.S. states:
Please note that only the files below "Delimited Format Files using pipe
symbol" are supported, i. e. the files ending with "
The files below "Columnar Format Files" are NOT supported!
Just download the wanted state files and (if you have chosen the .zip version) unzip them.
The raw data files from above sources are text files with extension "
Just copy these files to the MyFsTools folder where "
Then start "
ConvertToGeo.exe" (just double-click it in
explorer windows) and wait for it to finish, that's all.
.txt" data files are not needed any more. If you are not low on disk space, it is suggested to keep them, so you can convert it again later with modified settings (see below).
By default, ConvertToGeo only converts a subset of contained data to keep the number of data files and locations small. In most cases there are much more detailed items in the raw files that you might be interested in, though it is not very helpful for flying in FS to list details such as single buildings.
Another problem is, that I didn't know for sure what some items in the raw data files are, so I just added those which looked promising for my own, well known local area. I may have missed some significant landmarks this way, though I've added a few that I got aware of (e. g. craters).
Every item in the raw files has an (undocumented) type designator that describes what the item is. Most of these designators are recognizable abbreviations like "MTN" for "mountain" or "LK" for "lake".
The items to be converted are defined in files "
for NGA-GNS data and "
ConvertUsgsToGeo.ini" for USGS-GNIS
data. These files are automatically created with default settings, but after
that you can modify these files and repeat conversion with your modifications.
If you open these files with an editor, you will see lines that look like:
<designator>" is the classification as
contained in the raw data files, "
<description>" are the values which ConvertToGeo
uses to convert such items.
<type>" values are:
0 = ignore such items
4 = populated place (city, town, village)
5 = hypsographic location (mountain, hill, valley)
6 = hydrographic location (lake, reservoir)
7 = spot feature (airport, tower, building).
<description>" is a short description for the
item to be shown in MyFsLocator.
The database files used by MyFsTools are plain text files with the pattern
Data lines in such a "
.geo" file start with the
uppercase letter "
P", all other lines are in fact
ignored, though character "
#" is intended to mark
Each data line contains 6 values separated by a "pipe" character ("
4"=populated places (city, town, village)
5"=hypsographic (hill, mountain, valley)
6"=hydrographic (lake, reservoir)
7"=spot feature (airport, tower, building)
0" if unknown.
# 4=city, name=Berlin (*="large"), lon=E 13,400000, lat=N
# 5=hill, name=Matterhorn, lon=E 7,658680, lat=N 45,976400, alt=4477m
The index file "
db-index.ini" contains longitude and
latitude ranges of every "
db-*.geo" data file together
with a time stamp of every file.
Like the scenery database of FS, this file is updated automatically whenever MyFsTools is started, so there is no need to bother with it.