Map Tools Menu User Guide

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1- Introduction

1.1 – Scope of User Guide

1.2 – Purpose of Map Tools

1.3 – Accessing the Map Tools menu

1.3.1 – How to open and close the Map Tools menu

1.3.2 – How to open and close a toolbox

1.3.3 – How to select a tool for use

2- Drawing Objects and Capabilities

2.1 – Feature types

2.2 – Geometry types

2.3 – Creating feature geometry

2.4 – Editing feature geometry

2.5 – Deleting features

3- Drawing Toolbox

3.1 – Introduction

3.1.1 – Purpose of drawing tools

3.1.2 – Drawing toolbox contents

3.2 – ‘Place Point’ Tool

3.2.1 – Introduction

3.2.2 – How to draw a point

3.2.3 – How to move a point

3.3 – ‘Draw Line’ Tool

3.3.1 – Introduction

3.3.2 – How to draw a line

3.3.3 – How to draw a polyline

3.3.4 – How to edit the geometry of a line

3.3.5 – How to edit the geometry of a polyline

3.4 – ‘Draw Rectangle’ Tool

3.4.1 – Introduction

3.4.2 – How to draw a rectangle

3.4.3 – How to move a rectangle

3.4.4 – How to edit the geometry of a rectangle

3.5 – ‘Draw Circle’ Tool

3.5.1 – Introduction

3.5.2 – How to draw a circle

3.5.3 – How to move a circle

3.5.4 – How to edit the geometry of a circle

3.6 – ‘Draw Polygon’ Tool

3.6.1 – Introduction

3.6.2 – How to draw a polygon

3.6.3 – How to move a polygon

3.6.4 – How to edit the geometry of a polygon

3.7 – ‘Selection Mode’ Tool

3.7.1 – Introduction

3.7.2 – How to select features

3.8 – ‘Clear All’ Tool

3.8.1 – Introduction

3.8.2 – How to delete all features

4- Order Area Toolbox

4.1 – Introduction

4.1.1 – Purpose of order area tools

4.1.2 – Order area definition

4.2 – ‘Rectangle Order Area’ Tool

4.2.1 – Introduction

4.2.2 – How to place a rectangular area order

4.3 – ‘Circle Order Area’ Tool

4.3.1 – Introduction

4.3.2 – How to place a circular area order

4.4 – ‘Polygon Order Area’ Tool

4.4.1 – Introduction

4.4.2 – How to place a polygonal area order

4.5 – ‘View Extent Order Area’ Tool

4.5.1 – Introduction

4.5.2 – How to place a view extent area order

4.6 – ‘Predefined Order Area’ Tool

4.6.1 – Introduction

4.6.2 – How to place a predefined area order

4.7 – ‘Selection Mode’ Tool

4.8 – ‘Clear All’ Tool

5- Measure Toolbox

5.1 – Introduction

5.1.1 – Purpose of measure tools

5.1.2 – Measurement geometries vs feature geometries

5.1.3 – Deleting measurement features

5.1.3.1 – How to delete an individual measurement feature

5.2 – ‘Measure Distance’ Tool

5.2.1 – Introduction

5.2.2 – How to make a distance measurement

5.3 – ‘Measure Area’ Tool

5.3.1 – Introduction

5.3.2 – How to make an area measurement

5.4 – ‘Clear Measurements’ Tool

5.4.1 – Introduction

5.4.2 – How to delete all measurement features

6- Print Toolbox

6.1 – Introduction

6.1.1 – Purpose of print tool

6.2 – ‘Print’ Tool

6.2.1 – Introduction

6.2.2 – Printing a map

7- Feature Dialogue box

7.1 – Introduction

7.2 – ‘Text Label’ Tool

7.2.1 – Introduction

7.2.2 – How to add a text label

7.2.3 – How to delete a text label

7.3 – ‘Add Area To Basket’ Tool

7.3.1 – Introduction

7.3.2 – How to place an order based on a feature’s extent

7.4 – ‘Style Editor’ Tool

7.4.1 – Introduction

7.4.2 – How to change a feature’s styling

7.5 – ‘Zoom To Area Extent’ Tool

7.5.1 – Introduction

7.5.2 – How to zoom to a feature’s extent

7.6 – ‘Delete Area’ Tool

7.6.1 – Introduction

7.6.2 – How to delete an individual feature

7.7 – ‘Print’ Tool

7.7.1 – Introduction

7.7.2 – How to print a map

1- Introduction

1.1- Scope of User Guide

This User Guide provides information about the tools available within the hamburger menu’s Map Tools tab:

For more information about the hamburger menu, please see the Hamburger Menu User Guide.

This user guide is divided into the following main sections:

  • Section 1 provides an overview of the Map Tools menu
  • Section 2 provides an overview of the drawing objects and capabilities
  • Section 3 describes the tools available in the Drawing toolbox
  • Section 4 describes the tools available in the Order Area toolbox
  • Section 5 describes the tools available in the Measure toolbox
  • Section 6 describes the tools available in the Print toolbox
  • Section 7 describes the tools available in the Feature dialogue box

1.2- Purpose of Map Tools

The hamburger menu’s Map Tools tab contains a range of digitising tools which allow you to draw various objects (features) in the Geospatial data’s map viewer.  You can use these features for a variety of purposes:

  • You create an illustrated/annotated map, for example to highlight a specific location
  • You can define a geographic area of interest to be used when placing an order for data
  • You can make linear and area measurements of areas of interest on the map
  • You can capture the map view (including all annotation and styling configuration) as a PDF file

These functions are grouped in the Map Tools tab menu interface by four toolboxes:

Drawing Tools Click on the ‘Drawing Tools’  toolbox to open the drawing tools.

The drawing tools are used to annotate a map by digitising various geometrical features in the map viewer.

The tools allow you to draw (and edit/delete) the following geometries:

    • Points
    • Line and polylines
  • Rectangles
  • Circles
  • Polygons

The Drawing toolbox is described in section 3.

Order Area Tools

Click on the ‘Order Area Tools’ toolbox to open the order area tools.

The order area tools are used to define a geographic area of interest to use when placing an order for data, directly in the map viewer.

The tools allow you to define an order area boundary by:

  • Drawing features on the map (rectangles, circles, and polygons)
  • Using the map view extent as a bounding box
  • Using a predefined order area (with a selection of areas to chose from)
  • Uploading your own order area (in ESRI shapefile format)

The Order Area toolbox is described in section 4.

Measure Tools

Click on the ‘Measure Tools’ toolbox to open the measurement tools.

The measurement tools are used to measure dimensions by digitising features in the map viewer.

The tools allow you to draw:

  • Lines to measure linear distances
  • Polygons to measure area sizes

The Measure toolbox is described in section 5.

Print Tools

 

Click on the ‘Print Tools’ toolbox to access the print tool.

The print tool allows you to capture/export the map view as a PDF document, which can then be downloaded and printed.

The tool allows you to:

  • Choose the paper size for the PDF
  • Define the spatial extent to be captured
  • Add a title
  • Define the image resolution

The Print toolbox is described in section 6.

 

In addition to the tools contained within the menu’s toolboxes, there are a range of additional feature editing tools contained in the feature dialogue box:

Feature Dialogue Box Tools Click on a drawn feature on the map to access the feature dialogue box.

The feature dialogue box tools are used to customise features and provide some shortcuts to certain functionality.

The tools allow you to:

  • Add a text label to a feature
  • Change a feature’s appearance (such as colour and opacity)
  • Delete individual features from the map
  • Automatically zoom the map to show a feature’s extent
  • Place an order for data based on a feature’s extent
  • Export a map image based on a feature’s extent

The feature dialogue box is described in section 7.

1.3- Accessing the Map Tools menu

1.3.1- How to open and close the Map Tools menu

To open the Map Tools menu, follow the steps below:

Step 1 First, browse to the Map Page of the Geospatial data website by either:

Step 2 If not already logged in, you will be redirected to the UK Access Management Federation website and asked to enter your Shibboleth academic account details.

You will then be redirected back to the Geospatial data website.

Step 3 Once viewing the Map Page of the website, open the Hamburger Menu by clicking on the ‘hamburger’ icon (three horizontal lines) in the upper left corner of the map viewer.
Step 4 The hamburger menu will open in a window on the left hand side of the map view.  This menu contains three different interfaces, each accessed by the tab strip running down the right hand side.  When first opened, it shows the Catalogue Menu tab by default.

To display the Map Tools menu, clicking on the ‘Map Tools’ tab (second tab down).

1.3.2- How to open and close a toolbox

To open a toolbox within the Map Tools menu, follow the steps below:

Step 1 If you do not already have the Map Tools menu open, see section 1.3.1 first.

When the Map Tools menu is displayed, it lists the four toolboxes by title.

Step 2 Clicking on a toolbox title will expand the entry and display icons for the various tools provided within that toolbox.
Step 3 For example, clicking on the ‘Drawing Tools’ toolbox expands the menu interface to show the all drawing tool icons.

Clicking on the toolbox title again will collapse the toolbox interface.

Step 4 Multiple toolboxes can be expanded simultaneously (each toolbox operates independently).

If your screen is not of sufficient vertical resolution to show all the opened toolboxes, a scroll bar will appear within the menu interface allowing you to move the menu up and down as needed.

 

To close a toolbox, follow the steps below:

Step 1

To close a toolbox, click on the upwards facing arrow next to the toolbox title (or click on the title itself).

The toolbox interface will collapse back to show just the title.

1.3.3- How to select a tool for use

Once you’ve opened a toolbox interface, individual tools are selected for use by clicking once on the desired tools icon.  The selection is confirmed by the tool’s icon being highlighted in grey.  Only one tool can be used at once, with the selection of tools working in a toggle fashion – selecting a new tool will deselect the previous tool, with the grey highlight changing in tandem.  For example:

Clicking on the ‘Place Point’ tool in the Drawing toolbox will select this tool for use, and the tool icon will be highlighted in grey

If you then select the ‘Draw Rectangle’ tool instead:

  • the previously selected ‘Place Point’ tool will be automatically deselected; and
  • the grey highlighting will automatically shift from the previously selected tool to the newly selected tool

By this method, the grey highlighting serves as a simple visual confirmation of which tool (if any) is currently selected for use.  It is important to always know which tool is currently selected (if any) as this can affect what happens when you click on the map.

Note:  In both the Drawing and Order Area toolboxes, once you have used a geometry drawing tool the toolbox will automatically revert to the ‘Selection Mode’ tool once the geometry drawing or editing is complete.  For more details on this please see section 3.7.1.

2- Drawing Objects and Capabilities

The toolboxes available within the Map Tools menu allow you to draw several different feature types on the map, with varying capabilities:

  • Annotation features (added via the Drawing toolbox)
  • These are used to illustrate the map, and can have their styling changed
  • The area geometry types (rectangle/circle/polygon) can be used to define an order area
  • They cannot be used to make measurements or print a map

2.1- Feature types

The toolboxes available within the Map Tools menu allow you to draw several different feature types on the map, with varying capabilities:

  • Annotation features (added via the Drawing toolbox)
    • These are used to illustrate the map, and can have their styling changed
    • The area geometry types (rectangle/circle/polygon) can be used to define an order area
    • They cannot be used to make measurements or print a map
  • Order Area features (added via the Order Area toolbox)
    • These are used to define an order area
    • They have the same functions as annotation features
  • Measurement features (added via the Measurement toolbox)
    • These are used to make measurements on the map
    • They cannot have their styling changed, be used to define an order area, or print a map
  • Print Area features (added via the Print toolbox)
    • These are used to define a print area for a map extent
    • They cannot have their styling changes, be used to make measurements, or define an order area

The following table identifies the capabilities of each feature type:

Feature Type

Main Purpose

Can feature be moved?

Can geometry be edited?

Can styling be changed?

Can label be added?

Can use as order area?

Can make measurements?

Can use to print a map?

Annotation

Map illustration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes (area geometry types only)

No

No

Order Area

Define an order area

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Measurement

Measure dimensions

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Print Area

Define a map image extent

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

2.2- Geometry types

There are a total of 6 different geometry types that can be drawn on the map, which all feature types are comprised from.

Not all feature types support all geometry types, and the following table identifies which are available:

Geometry Type Example Point Definition Definition Annotation  Features Order Area Features Measurement Features Print Area Features
Point 1 point A point geometry type is defined by a single coordinate (the simplest geometry type) Yes No No No
Line 2 points A line geometry type is defined by two points (connected in a straight line) Yes No Yes No
Polyline 3+ points A polyline geometry type is defined by a connected sequence of two or more lines Yes No Yes No
Rectangle 2 points A rectangle geometry type is defined by two diagonally opposite corner points (joined into an area by straight lines and 90-degree angles) Yes Yes No Yes
Circle 2 points A circle geometry type is defined by its centre point, and another point defining the radius length (joined into an area by the circumference) Yes Yes No No
Polygon 3+ points A polygon geometry type is defined by a polyline with the first and last points being connected by a straight line (joined into an area as any shape with a boundary consisting of at least three points) Yes Yes Yes No

2.3- Creating feature geometry

Once a drawing tool has been selected for use, a blue circle will appear at the location of the mouse pointer when it’s positioned over the map:

The blue circle indicates that a drawing tool has been selected, and when you next click the mouse over the map you will start drawing the selected geometry type.  Objects are drawn by clicking the mouse to create a point at the location of the mouse pointer.  These individual points are then linked to create a range of different geometries, depending upon the drawing tool selected.

If you already have some existing features drawn on your map, and you move the mouse pointer close enough to the vertices (points) defining these feature geometries, the blue circle will ‘snap’ (automatically move) to these geometries.  This allows you to either make edits to existing features, or draw adjacent features which share the same coordinates, by automatically selecting existing geometry points that are in close enough proximity to the mouse pointer.

If you need to create features at a specific coordinate, you can use the coordinate display at the lower centre of the map viewer window to assist you.

2.4- Editing feature geometry

Once you’ve drawn a feature on the map using any of the tools available in the Drawing toolbox, if needed you can edit their geometries.  This provides an alternate option to having to delete and re-digitise the feature from the beginning again.  This option is particularly useful if for example you have spent some time drawing a detailed geometry and later require to edit a minor part only.

When the blue circle appears, clicking-and-holding the left mouse button will select the highlighted vertex of the feature and allow it to be relocated by moving the mouse.  As you move the mouse you will see the feature’s geometry dynamically redrawn in real time.  When the updated geometry is correct, releasing the left mouse button will finish editing the geometry and save the revised object.

Specific instructions for creating, moving, and editing each feature type are provided for each individual tool throughout this User Guide.

2.5- Deleting features

There are two methods to delete features from the map, depending upon whether you wish to delete one single feature, or all of them at once:

  • You can delete individual features (of all feature and geometry types) from the map by using the ‘Delete Area’ tool (see section 7.6)
  • You can also delete ALL features simultaneously from the map, with the correct tool dependant upon the feature type.  These are identified in the table below:
Feature Type Tool to delete ALL Further information
Annotation Clear All See section 3.8
Order Area Clear All See section 3.8
Measurement Clear Measurements See section 5.4
Print Area Clear All See section 3.8

3- Drawing Toolbox

3.1- Introduction

3.1.1- Purpose of drawing tools

The main purpose of the drawing tools are to allow you to mark up a map by drawing various objects (geometrical features) in the map viewer.

The various drawing tools are accessed via the Drawing toolbox, one of several in the Map Tools tab of the hamburger menu.  In addition to drawing features on the map with these tools, functionality is also provided to allow you to:

  • Move drawn features around the map
  • Edit the geometry of drawn features
  • Delete drawn features (individually or all at once)
  • Add text labels to features
  • Use the feature to define an order area (area geometry types only)
  • Configure the appearance of features – for example colour, point symbol, line thickness, area fill opacity

The features you draw on the map are held in a separate data layer, and automatically saved to your account so when you next log in the features are restored.  Any features you draw over the map are always drawn as the top layer of data in the map viewer (so they are always visible, irrespective of which data layers are being displayed in the map).

3.1.2- Drawing toolbox contents

The Drawing toolbox is comprised of five individual drawing tools (each for a different geometry type), plus two functional tools, which are all displayed within the Drawing toolbox interface:

‘Place Point’ Tool The ‘Place Point’ tool allows you to draw point features on the map

See section 3.2 for information on how to use this tool

‘Draw Line’ Tool The ‘Draw Line’ tool allows you to draw line and polyline features on the map

See section 3.3 for information on how to use this tool

‘Draw Rectangle’ Tool The ‘Draw Rectangle’ tool allows you to draw rectangular features on the map

See section 3.4 for information on how to use this tool

‘Draw Circle’ Tool The ‘Draw Circle’ tool allows you to draw circular features on the map

See section 3.5 for information on how to use this tool

‘Draw Polygon’ Tool The ‘Draw Polygon’ tool allows you to draw polygonal features on the map

See section 3.6 for information on how to use this tool

‘Selection Mode’ Tool The ‘Selection Mode’ tool allows you to perform various editing functions to drawn features

See section 3.7 for information on how to use this tool

‘Clear All’ Tool The ‘Clear All’ tool allows you to delete ALL the drawn features on the map

See section 3.8 for information on how to use this tool

3.2- Place Point Tool

3.2.1- Introduction

The ‘Place Point’ drawing tool allows you to draw point annotation features on the map.  A point is defined by a single coordinate.

A point feature is displayed by default using a blue ‘point marker’ symbol:


3.2.2- How to draw a point

To add a point marker to the map, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Select the ‘Place Point’ tool in the drawing toolbox.
Step 2 Click on the map at the location where you wish the marker symbol to appear.  A point marker symbol is added to the map.

3.2.2- How to move a point

To move an existing point feature to a different location on the map, follow the steps below:

Step 1

If not already selected, select the ‘Selection Mode’ tool in the Drawing or Order Area toolboxes.

Step 2

Click on the point marker symbol once to open the feature dialogue box.

Step 3

Click-and-hold on the point marker symbol and move the mouse to reposition the point elsewhere on the map.

Step 4

Release the mouse button when the point is in the correct location to finish editing the point feature.

3.3- Draw Line Tool

3.3.1- Introduction

The ‘Draw Line’ drawing tool allows you to draw the following types of linear annotation features on the map:

  • Line segment – a single straight line connecting two points
  • Polyline – a connected sequence of two or more line segments

A line/polyline feature is displayed by default using a blue line symbol:

3.3.2- How to draw a line

To draw a line on the map, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Select the ‘Draw Line’ tool in the drawing toolbox.
Step 2 Click on the map at the location where you wish the line to begin, to create the first point.
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor to the location where you wish the line to end (you will see a blue line drawn between the beginning point and the mouse cursor’s current position).
Step 4 Double-click on the map at the location where you wish the line to end, to create the second point.  The double-click will create a line between the two points.

3.3.3- How to draw a polyline

To draw a polyline on the map, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Select the ‘Draw Line’ tool in the drawing toolbox.
Step 2 Click on the map at the location where you wish the polyline to begin, to create the first point.
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor to the location where you wish the first line to end (the next point in the polyline), and click on the map again.
Step 4 Repeat step 3 above as required in order to draw the polyline.
Step 5 Double-click on the map at the location where you wish the polyline to end, to create the last point.  The double-click will create a polyline between all the points.

Note:  When using the line drawing tool, after creating the starting point, a single click will create an intermittent point and continue the line drawing feature. A double-click will create the final point and finish drawing the object.

Note:  Existing line or polyline features cannot be moved to a different location on the map – you must delete the feature and create a new one.

3.3.4- How to edit the geometry of a line

To edit the geometry of an existing line feature, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Hover the mouse pointer over the line, at the location you wish to edit.  When the mouse pointer is close enough to the geometry, a blue circle will appear at the mouse pointer, snapped to the feature’s geometry.
Step 2 Click-and-hold inside the blue circle to edit the geometry:

  • Clicking on either of the line’s existing points will move that point
  • Clicking midway on the line segment will add a new intermittent point (turning the line into a polyline feature)
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor around the map to move the point to the correct location (the line geometry will be dynamically redrawn as you move the point around the map)
Step 4 Release the mouse button when the new line geometry is in the correct location to finish editing the line feature

3.3.4- How to edit the geometry of a polyline

To edit the geometry of an existing polyline feature, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Hover the mouse pointer over the polyline, at the location you wish to edit.  When the mouse pointer is close enough to the geometry, a blue circle will appear at the mouse pointer, snapped to the feature’s geometry.
Step 2 Click-and-hold inside the blue circle to edit the geometry:

  • Clicking on one of the polyline’s existing points will move that point
  • Clicking midway on a line segment will add a new intermittent point
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor around the map to move the point to the correct location (the polyline geometry will be dynamically redrawn as you move the point around the map)
Step 4 Release the mouse button when the new polyline geometry is in the correct location to finish editing the polyline feature

3.4- Drawing Rectangle Tool

3.4.1- Introduction

The ‘Draw Rectangle’ drawing tool allows you to draw rectangular annotation features on the map.  Only rectangles which align with the map viewer (parallel and perpendicular) can be drawn, you cannot draw rectangles at other angles or rotate drawn rectangles.

A rectangle feature is displayed by default using a blue area symbol:

3.4.2- How to draw a rectangle

To draw a rectangle on the map, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Select the ‘Draw Rectangle’ tool in the drawing toolbox.
Step 2 Click on the map at the location where you wish one corner of the rectangle to be located, to create the first point.
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor to the location where you wish the diagonally opposite corner of the rectangle to be located (you will see a blue rectangular area drawn between the beginning point and the mouse cursor’s current position).
Step 4 Click again on the map once the rectangle is in the correct location, to create the rectangle.  The second click will create a rectangle between the two corner points.

Note:  Since the rectangle is defined by the two diagonally opposing corners, only two points (not four) are required to be clicked on the map and a double-click is not required to end the rectangle drawing feature.

3.4.3- How to move a rectangle

To move an existing rectangle feature to a different location on the map, follow the steps below:

Step 1 If not already selected, select the ‘Selection Mode’ tool in the Drawing or Order Area toolboxes.
Step 2 style=”vertical-align: top; width: 3; padding: 4pt 4pt 4pt 4pt; border: 1pt solid #A3A3A3;”Click on the rectangle once to open the label dialogue box.
Step 3 Click-and-hold inside the rectangle and move the mouse to reposition the rectangle elsewhere on the map.
Step 4 Release the mouse button when the rectangle is in the correct location  to finish editing the rectangle feature.

3.4.3- How to edit the geometry of a rectangle

To edit the geometry of an existing rectangle feature, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Hover the mouse pointer over the rectangle’s perimeter, at the location you wish to edit.  When the mouse pointer is close enough to the geometry, a blue circle will appear at the mouse pointer, snapped to the feature’s geometry.
Step 2 Click-and-hold inside the blue circle to edit the geometry:

  • Clicking on one of the rectangle’s existing corners will move that point (turning the rectangle into a polygon feature)
  • Clicking midway on a rectangle’s side will add a new intermittent point (turning the rectangle into a polygon feature)
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor around the map to move the point to the correct location (the geometry will be dynamically redrawn as you move the point around the map).
Step 4 Release the mouse button when the new geometry is in the correct location to finish editing the rectangle/polygon feature.

3.5- Draw Circle Tool

3.5.1- Introduction

The ‘Draw Circle’ drawing tool allows you to draw circular annotation features on the map.  A circle is defined by it’s centre coordinate, and the radius of the circle.

A circle feature is displayed by default using a blue area symbol:

3.5.2- How to Draw a Circle

To draw a circle on the map, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Select the ‘Draw Circle’ tool in the drawing toolbox
Step 2 Click on the map at the location where you wish the centre of the circle to be located
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor to the size that you wish the circle to be (you will see a blue radius [note the angle is irrelevant] drawn between the centre point and the mouse cursor’s current position, and the resulting circle circumference)
Step 4 Click again on the map once the circle is the correct size, to create the circle.  The second click will create a circle with a radius between the two points.

3.5.3- How to move a circle

To move an existing circle feature to a different location on the map, follow the steps in either of the methods below:

Method 1:

Step 1 If not already selected, select the ‘Selection Mode’ tool in the Drawing or Order Area toolboxes.
Step 2 Click on the circle once to open the label dialogue box.
Step 3 Click-and-hold inside the circle and move the mouse to reposition the circle elsewhere on the map.
Step 4 Release the mouse button when the circle is in the correct location  to finish editing the circle feature.

Method 2:

Step 1

Hover the mouse pointer over the circle’s centre, a blue circle will appear at the mouse pointer, snapped to the circle’s centre.

Step 2

Click-and-hold, and move the mouse to reposition the circle elsewhere on the map.

Step 3

Release the mouse button when the circle is in the correct location to finish editing the circle feature.

3.5.4- How to edit the geometry of a circle

To edit the geometry (radius) of an existing circle feature, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Hover the mouse pointer over the circle’s perimeter.  When the mouse pointer is close enough to the geometry, a blue circle will appear at the mouse pointer, snapped to the feature’s geometry.
Step 2 Click-and-hold inside the blue circle to edit the geometry.
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor up/down to increase/decrease the radius (size) of the circle (the geometry will be dynamically redrawn as you move the point around the map).
Step 4 Release the mouse button when the new circle is the correct size to finish editing the circle feature.

3.6- Draw Polygon Tool

3.6.1- Introduction

The ‘Draw Polygon’ drawing tool allows you to draw polygon annotation features to the map. A polygon is defined as any shape with a boundary consisting of at least three points.

A polygon feature is displayed by default using a blue area symbol:

3.6.2- How to draw a polygon

To draw a polygon on the map, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Select the ‘Draw Polygon’ tool in the drawing toolbox
Step 2 Click on the map at the location where you wish the first point of the polygon to be located, to create the first point
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor to the location where you wish the second point of the polygon to be located, and click on the map again
Step 4 Repeat step 3 above as required in order to draw the polygon
Step 5 Double-click on the map at the location where you wish the last point of the polygon to be located, to create the last point and close the polygon.  The double-click will join up with straight lines all the points in the order they were created, connecting the last point back to the first in order to complete the polygon perimeter

Note:  Since a polygon perimeter is defined by at least three points, you cannot end the polygon drawing feature by double-clicking on the first or second points you create.  Only after you have created the first two points, a single click will create an intermittent point and continue the polygon drawing feature, and a double-click will create the final point and finish drawing the object.

3.6.3- How to move a polygon

To move an existing polygon feature to a different location on the map, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Hover the mouse pointer over the polygon’s perimeter, at the location you wish to edit.  When the mouse pointer is close enough to the geometry, a blue circle will appear at the mouse pointer, snapped to the feature’s geometry.
Step 2 Click-and-hold inside the blue circle to edit the geometry:

  • Clicking on one of the polygon’s existing points will move that point
  • Clicking midway on a polygon’s side will add a new intermittent point
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor around the map to move the point to the correct location (the geometry will be dynamically redrawn as you move the point around the map).
Step 4 Release the mouse button when the new geometry is in the correct location to finish editing the polygon feature.

3.6.4- How to edit the geometry of a polygon

To edit the geometry of an existing polygon feature, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Hover the mouse pointer over the polygon’s perimeter, at the location you wish to edit.  When the mouse pointer is close enough to the geometry, a blue circle will appear at the mouse pointer, snapped to the feature’s geometry.
Step 2 Click-and-hold inside the blue circle to edit the geometry:

  • Clicking on one of the polygon’s existing points will move that point
  • Clicking midway on a polygon’s side will add a new intermittent point
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor around the map to move the point to the correct location (the geometry will be dynamically redrawn as you move the point around the map).
Step 4 Release the mouse button when the new geometry is in the correct location to finish editing the polygon feature.

 

To edit the geometry of an existing polygon feature, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Hover the mouse pointer over the polygon’s perimeter, at the location you wish to edit.  When the mouse pointer is close enough to the geometry, a blue circle will appear at the mouse pointer, snapped to the feature’s geometry.
Step 2 Click-and-hold inside the blue circle to edit the geometry:

  • Clicking on one of the polygon’s existing points will move that point
  • Clicking midway on a polygon’s side will add a new intermittent point
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor around the map to move the point to the correct location (the geometry will be dynamically redrawn as you move the point around the map).
Step 4 Release the mouse button when the new geometry is in the correct location to finish editing the polygon feature.

3.7- Selection mode tool

3.7.1- Introduction

The ‘Selection Mode’ tool allows you to select individual features for various editing functions, by clicking on them in the map to open the feature dialogue box.

Once a drawing tool has been used to create a feature, the toolbox will automatically switch to the ‘selection mode’ tool in order to return to the ‘default’ mouse behaviour in the map.  It is however still possible to perform geometry edits to a feature without having to select the selection mode tool first.  When the left mouse button is clicked in the map viewer with a drawing tool selected, if the mouse pointer’s blue circle is snapped to existing geometry then the mouse will edit existing features.  If the blue circle is not snapped to any existing geometry, then the mouse will draw new features.

In order to clarify this performance in this guide, where a specific activity requires a specific tool to be selected first, this has been included in the instructions in this user guide.

3.7.2- How to select features

To use the Selection Mode tool to select features for further editing, follow the steps below:

Step 1

Select the ‘Selection Mode’ tool in the Drawing or Order Area toolbox.

Step 2

In the map viewer, click once on the drawn feature that you wish to edit, and the feature dialogue box will open.

3.8- Clear All Tool

3.8.1- Introduction

The ‘Clear All’ tool is featured in both the Drawing and Order Area toolboxes, and provides a quick and easy method to delete ALL annotation and order area feature types (of any geometry type) on the map.

The ‘Clear All’ tool is disabled unless there is at least one drawn feature on the map.  Once you have drawn at least one feature, the tool is enabled and can be selected.

3.8.2- How to delete all features

To use the ‘Clear All’ tool to delete ALL drawn features on the map, follow the steps below:

Step 1

Once you have at least one drawn feature on the map, select the ‘Clear All’ tool in the Drawing or Order Area toolboxes.

Step 2

In order to prevent accidental operation, after clicking the ‘Clear All’ tool, you are presented with a confirmation dialogue box.

  • Click ‘Clear All’ to delete ALL the drawn features from the map
  • Click ‘Cancel’ to exit the tool, and return to the map without deleting any features

 

Note:  Care must be taken when using the ‘Clear All’ tool, as once you confirm the instruction, there is NO METHOD to recover deleted features.

4- Order Area Toolbox

4.1- Introduction

4.1.1- Purpose of order area tools

The main purpose of the order area tools are to allow you to define a geographic extent to use when placing an order for a data product.  Data products are then clipped to the extent of the order area feature selected in the map viewer when the order was placed.  This allows a more targeted order to be placed for a specific area of interest, instead of having to order a whole dataset coverage or by using a less specific area definition such as an OS tile reference or bounding box.

The various order area tools are accessed via the Order Area toolbox, one of several in the Map Tools tab of the hamburger menu.  The provided functionality allows you to:

  • Draw rectangles, circles, and polygon geometry types to define an order area
  • Use the current map view extent to define an order area
  • Use a predefined order area by selecting from a list of area sizes
  • Edit the geometry of these drawn features, and move them around the map
  • Delete drawn features (individually or all at once)

The Order Area toolbox is comprised of three individual drawing tools (each for a different area geometry type), plus two other order area definition tools and two functional tools, which are all displayed within the Order Area toolbox interface:

‘Rectangle Order Area’ Tool The ‘Rectangle Order Area’ tool allows you to add rectangle features to the map, for use in defining an order area

 

See section 4.2 for information on how to use this tool

‘Circle Order Area’ Tool   The ‘Circle Order Area’ tool allows you to add circle features to the map, for use in defining an order area

 

See section 4.3 for information on how to use this tool

‘Polygon Order Area’ Tool The ‘Polygon Order Area’ tool allows you to add polygon features to the map, for use in defining an order area

 

See section 4.4 for information on how to use this tool

‘View Extent Order Area’ Tool The ‘View Extent Order Area’ tool allows you to use the current map view extent to define a rectangle feature to the map, for use in defining an order area

 

See section 4.5 for information on how to use this tool

‘Predefined Order Area’ Tool The ‘Predefined Order Area’ tool allows you to select from a list of order area sizes (in metres and kilometres squared) to define a rectangle feature to the map, for use in defining an order area

 

See section 4.6 for information on how to use this tool

‘Selection Mode’ Tool The ‘Selection Mode’ tool allows you to perform various editing functions to features on the map

 

See section 4.7 for information on how to use this tool

‘Clear All’ Tool The ‘Clear All’ tool allows you to delete ALL the drawn features on the map

 

See section 4.8 for information on how to use this tool

4.1.2- Order Area Definition

When using an order area to constrain an order for a data product, there are a range of methods you can use to define the geographic extent:

  • You can draw an area geometry type (rectangle, circle, polygon) on the map
  • You can use the current map view extent to define a rectangular feature
  • You can choose a predefined order area size (in m²/km²) to define a rectangular feature

It does not make any difference to the data ordering process which method you use to define the order area geometry.  All methods will result in an area geometry feature being added to the map, which you can then move and/or edit if required, before using the ‘Add area to basket’ tool detailed in section 7.3.

There is a degree of functional overlap between the Drawing Tools and the Order Area Tools:

  • The three Order Area drawing tools (rectangle order area, circle order area, and polygon order area) function exactly the same as their respective Drawing Toolbox tools
  • The ‘View Extent Order Area’ and ‘Predefined Order Area’ Tools are however a little different to the standard drawing tools

4.2- Rectangle Order Area Tool

4.2.1- Introduction

The ‘Rectangle Order Area’ tool allows you to draw rectangular features on the map, for use in defining an order area.  Only rectangles which align with the map viewer (parallel and perpendicular) can be drawn, you cannot draw rectangles at other angles or rotate drawn rectangles.

A rectangle feature is displayed by default using a blue area symbol:

4.2.2- How to place a rectangular order area

The process to draw a rectangular geometry on the map and then use it as an order area uses two individual tools:

  • The ‘Draw Rectangle/Rectangle Order Area’ tool allows you to draw (and edit) rectangle geometries – see section 3.4 for full instructions on the use of this tool
  • The ‘Add area to basket’ tool allows you to subsequently use the rectangle feature to define an area for a data product order – see section 7.3 for full instructions on the use of this tool

Outlined below is an overview of the complete end-to-end process of using both these tools to place an order for a rectangular extent of data:

Step 1 style=”vertical-align: top; width: 6.268in; padding: 4pt 4pt 4pt 4pt; border: 1pt solid #A3A3A3;” Select the ‘Rectangle Order Area’ tool in the Order Area toolbox.
Step 2 Click on the map at the location where you wish one corner of the rectangle to be located, to create the first point.
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor to the location where you wish the diagonally opposite corner of the rectangle to be located (you will see a blue rectangular area drawn between the beginning point and the mouse cursor’s current position).
Step 4 Click again on the map once the rectangle is in the correct location, to create the rectangle.  The second click will create a rectangle between the two corner points.
Step 5 If the rectangle feature does not precisely cover the geographic extent of data that you wish to order, you can move the rectangle (see section 3.4.3) and/or edit the geometry (see section 3.4.4) until it is an exact match.
Step 6 Once the rectangle feature geometry is correct, click on the rectangle in the map once to open the pop up feature dialogue box.
Step 7 If the ‘Add area to basket’ tool is disabled, you need to first add at least one data layer to the map.

See the Catalogue Menu User Guide for more information on how to add data layers to the map.

Step 8 With at least one data layer added to the map, the ‘Add area to basket’ tool is enabled.

Click on the tool once to create an order for data covering the extent of the drawn feature.

Step 9 If you have multiple data layers added to the map viewer, the ‘Select Layers for Areas of Interest’ dialogue box will appear.  The purpose of this box is to define which of the data layers currently being viewed on the map you wish to make an order for.

The box features two columns:

  • on the left is a list of all layers being viewed (A)
  • on the right is a list of which layers you wish to place an order for (B)
Step 10 To move data layers from the left to the right, there are two methods:

  • If you wish to place orders for ALL data layers listed in the left box, use the arrow buttons between the boxes
  • If you wish to identify the data layers to order individually, click-and-drag the data layer names from the left box to the right
Step 11 Some data layers have a constraint set as a minimum order area.  If the area of your drawn feature geometry is below this constraint, you will see an error message informing you that the order area is too small, and this layer cannot be moved to the right column.

In this case you must return to the map view and draw a larger feature which has an area at least as large as the minimum order area for the data layer in question.

Step 12 Once you have at least one data layer listed in the right hand ‘Selected Layers’ box, click the ‘Add to Basket’ button to progress the order.

This will add orders for those data layers, clipped to the geographic extent of the selected feature, to your shopping basket.

Step 13 The ‘Select Layers for Area of Interest’ and feature dialogue boxes close and you are returned to the map viewer.

Visual confirmation that the order(s) have been added to your Basket is provided as an order number shown against the Basket icon on the main menu banner.

Note:  Adding an order to the basket does not complete the order.  You need to click on the basket icon in order to complete the data ordering process.

For more information on how to complete the order, please see the Ordering and Downloading Data User Guide.

4.3- Circle Order Area Tool

4.3.1- Introduction

The ‘Circle Order Area’ tool allows you to draw circular features on the map, for use in defining an order area.  A circle is defined by it’s centre coordinate, and the radius of the circle.

A circle feature is displayed by default using a blue area symbol:

4.3.2- How to place a circular area order

The process to draw a circular geometry on the map and then use it as an order area uses two individual tools:

  • The ‘Draw Circle/Circle Order Area’ tool allows you to draw (and edit) circular feature geometries – see section 3.5 for full instructions on the use of this tool
  • The ‘Add area to basket’ tool allows you to subsequently use the circle feature to define an area for a data product order – see section 7.3 for full instructions on the use of this tool

Outlined below is an overview of the complete end-to-end process of using both these tools to place an order for a circular extent of data:

Step 1 Select the ‘Circle Order Area’ tool in the Order Area toolbox.
Step 2 Click on the map at the location where you wish the centre of the circle to be located
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor to the size that you wish the circle to be (you will see a blue radius [note the angle is irrelevant] drawn between the centre point and the mouse cursor’s current position, and the resulting circle circumference)
Step 4 Click again on the map once the circle is the correct size, to create the circle.  The second click will create a circle with a radius between the two points.
Step 5 If the circle feature does not precisely cover the geographic extent of data that you wish to order, you can move the circle (see section 3.5.3) and/or edit the geometry (see section 3.5.4) until it is an exact match.
Step 6 Once the circle feature geometry is correct, click on the circle in the map once to open the pop up feature dialogue box.
Step 7 If the ‘Add area to basket’ tool is disabled, you need to first add at least one data layer to the map.

See the Catalogue Menu User Guide for more information on how to add data layers to the map.

Step 8 With at least one data layer added to the map, the ‘Add area to basket’ tool is enabled.

Click on the tool once to create an order for data covering the extent of the drawn feature.

Step 9 If you have multiple data layers added to the map viewer, the ‘Select Layers for Areas of Interest’ dialogue box will appear.  The purpose of this box is to define which of the data layers currently being viewed on the map you wish to make an order for.

The box features two columns:

  • on the left is a list of all layers being viewed (A)
  • on the right is a list of which layers you wish to place an order for (B)
Step 10 To move data layers from the left to the right, there are two methods:

  • If you wish to place orders for ALL data layers listed in the left box, use the arrow buttons between the boxes
  • If you wish to identify the data layers to order individually, click-and-drag the data layer names from the left box to the right
Step 11 Some data layers have a constraint set as a minimum order area.  If the area of your drawn feature geometry is below this constraint, you will see an error message informing you that the order area is too small, and this layer cannot be moved to the right column.

In this case you must return to the map view and draw a larger feature which has an area at least as large as the minimum order area for the data layer in question.

Step 12 Once you have at least one data layer listed in the right hand ‘Selected Layers’ box, click the ‘Add to Basket’ button to progress the order.

This will add orders for those data layers, clipped to the geographic extent of the selected feature, to your shopping basket.

Step 13 The ‘Select Layers for Area of Interest’ and feature dialogue boxes close and you are returned to the map viewer.

Visual confirmation that the order(s) have been added to your Basket is provided as an order number shown against the Basket icon on the main menu banner.

Note:  Adding an order to the basket does not complete the order.  You need to click on the basket icon in order to complete the data ordering process.

For more information on how to complete the order, please see the Ordering and Downloading Data User Guide.

4.4- Polygon Order Area Tool

4.4.1- Introduction

The ‘Polygon Order Area’ drawing tool allows you to draw polygonal features on the map, for use in defining an order area.  A polygon is defined as any shape with a boundary consisting of at least three points.

A polygon feature is displayed by default using a blue area symbol:

4.4.2- How to place a polygonal area order

The process to draw a polygonal geometry on the map and then use it as an order area uses two individual tools:

  • The ‘Draw Polygon/Polygon Order Area’ tool allows you to draw (and edit) polygonal feature geometries – see section 3.6 for full instructions on the use of this tool
  • The ‘Add area to basket’ tool allows you to subsequently use the polygon feature to define an area for a data product order – see section 7.3 for full instructions on the use of this tool

Outlined below is an overview of the complete end-to-end process of using both these tools to place an order for a polygonal extent of data:

Step 1 Select the ‘Circle Order Area’ tool in the Order Area toolbox.
Step 2 Click on the map at the location where you wish the first point of the polygon to be located, to create the first point
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor to the location where you wish the second point of the polygon to be located, and click on the map again
Step 4 Repeat step 3 above as required in order to draw the polygon
Step 5 Double-click on the map at the location where you wish the last point of the polygon to be located, to create the last point and close the polygon.  The double-click will join up with straight lines all the points in the order they were created, connecting the last point back to the first in order to complete the polygon perimeter
Step 6 If the polygon feature does not precisely cover the geographic extent of data that you wish to order, you can move the polygon (see section 3.6.3) and/or edit the geometry (see section 3.6.4) until it is an exact match.
Step 7 Once the polygon feature geometry is correct, click on the circle in the map once to open the pop up feature dialogue box.
Step 8 If the ‘Add area to basket’ tool is disabled, you need to first add at least one data layer to the map.

See the Catalogue Menu User Guide for more information on how to add data layers to the map.

Step 9 With at least one data layer added to the map, the ‘Add area to basket’ tool is enabled.

Click on the tool once to create an order for data covering the extent of the drawn feature.

Step 10 If you have multiple data layers added to the map viewer, the ‘Select Layers for Areas of Interest’ dialogue box will appear.  The purpose of this box is to define which of the data layers currently being viewed on the map you wish to make an order for.

The box features two columns:

  • on the left is a list of all layers being viewed (A)
  • on the right is a list of which layers you wish to place an order for (B)
Step 11 To move data layers from the left to the right, there are two methods:

  • If you wish to place orders for ALL data layers listed in the left box, use the arrow buttons between the boxes
  • If you wish to identify the data layers to order individually, click-and-drag the data layer names from the left box to the right
Step 12 Some data layers have a constraint set as a minimum order area.  If the area of your drawn feature geometry is below this constraint, you will see an error message informing you that the order area is too small, and this layer cannot be moved to the right column.

In this case you must return to the map view and draw a larger feature which has an area at least as large as the minimum order area for the data layer in question.

Step 13 Once you have at least one data layer listed in the right hand ‘Selected Layers’ box, click the ‘Add to Basket’ button to progress the order.

This will add orders for those data layers, clipped to the geographic extent of the selected feature, to your shopping basket.

Step 14 The ‘Select Layers for Area of Interest’ and feature dialogue boxes close and you are returned to the map viewer.

Visual confirmation that the order(s) have been added to your Basket is provided as an order number shown against the Basket icon on the main menu banner.

Note:  Adding an order to the basket does not complete the order.  You need to click on the basket icon in order to complete the data ordering process.

For more information on how to complete the order, please see the Ordering and Downloading Data User Guide.

4.5- View Extent Order Area Tool

4.5.1- Introduction

The ‘View Extent Order Area’ tool allows you to use the current map view coverage to define an order area.  The tool functions by capturing the current map view bounding box extents (north, south, east, west) and using them to create a rectangular feature on the map.

The rectangular feature can then be used to define an order area the same as any other feature geometries.

4.5.2- How to place a view extent area order

Once the ‘View Extent Order Area’ tool has been used to create the rectangle geometry, the process to use this geometry as an order area proceeds with the following tools:

  • The rectangle feature geometry can be moved or edited if required  – see section 3.4 for full instructions
  • The ‘Add area to basket’ tool allows you to subsequently use the rectangle feature to define an area for a data product order – see section 7.3 for full instructions on the use of this tool

Outlined below is an overview of the complete end-to-end process of using the ‘View Extent Order Area’ and ‘Add area to basket’ tools to place an order for the map view extent of data:

Step 1 Using the map navigation controls (zoom and pan), position the map view extent to show the geographic area that you wish to order data for.

 

Note that you should collapse any menus currently displayed since these do not count in the determination of the map view extent.

 

See the Map Page User Guide for more information about the map navigation controls.

Step 2 Open the Hamburger Menu, select the Map Tools tab, open the Order Area toolbox and select the ‘View Extent Order Area’ tool.
Step 3 A rectangle feature will be added to the map view, with geometry covering the map view extent.

 

The map viewer will automatically pan and zoom to show the full rectangle extent (close the Hamburger menu or zoom out the map to see the full rectangle extent).

Step 4 If the rectangle feature does not precisely cover the geographic extent of data that you wish to order, you can move the rectangle (see section 3.4.3) and/or edit the geometry (see section 3.4.4) until it is an exact match.
Step 5 Once the rectangle feature geometry is correct, click on the rectangle in the map once to open the pop up feature dialogue box.
Step 6 If the ‘Add area to basket’ tool is disabled, you need to first add at least one data layer to the map.

 

See the Catalogue Menu User Guide for more information on how to add data layers to the map.

Step 7 With at least one data layer added to the map, the ‘Add area to basket’ tool is enabled.

 

Click on the tool once to create an order for data covering the extent of the drawn feature.

Step 8 If you have multiple data layers added to the map viewer, the ‘Select Layers for Areas of Interest’ dialogue box will appear.  The purpose of this box is to define which of the data layers currently being viewed on the map you wish to make an order for.

 

The box features two columns:

  • on the left is a list of all layers being viewed (A)
  • on the right is a list of which layers you wish to place an order for (B)
Step 9 To move data layers from the left to the right, there are two methods:

  • If you wish to place orders for ALL data layers listed in the left box, use the arrow buttons between the boxes
  • If you wish to identify the data layers to order individually, click-and-drag the data layer names from the left box to the right
Step 10 Some data layers have a constraint set as a minimum order area.  If the area of your drawn feature geometry is below this constraint, you will see an error message informing you that the order area is too small, and this layer cannot be moved to the right column.

 

In this case you must return to the map view and draw a larger feature which has an area at least as large as the minimum order area for the data layer in question.

Step 11 Once you have at least one data layer listed in the right hand ‘Selected Layers’ box, click the ‘Add to Basket’ button to progress the order.

 

This will add orders for those data layers, clipped to the geographic extent of the selected feature, to your shopping basket.

Step 12 The ‘Select Layers for Area of Interest’ and feature dialogue boxes close and you are returned to the map viewer.

 

Visual confirmation that the order(s) have been added to your Basket is provided as an order number shown against the Basket icon on the main menu banner.

 

Note:  Adding an order to the basket does not complete the order.  You need to click on the basket icon in order to complete the data ordering process.

 

For more information on how to complete the order, please see the Ordering and Downloading Data User Guide.

 

4.6- Predefined Order Area Tool

4.6.1- Introduction

The ‘Predefined Order Area’ tool allows you to create an order area of a specific size, by selecting an area value from a predefined list of 10 varying sizes.  The tool functions by creating a square feature on the map, with an area of the size selected.  The square is added with its centre in the centre of the map view, and the map viewer automatically zooms and pans to show the square geometry extent.

The predefined order area list consists of the following 10 values to select from:

100

m²

500

m²

1

km²

5

km²

10

km²

25

km²

50

km²

100

km²

1,000

km²

10,000

km²

4.6.2- How to place a predefined area order

Once the ‘Predefined Order Area’ tool has been used to create the square geometry, the process to use it as an order area proceeds with the following tools:

  • The square feature geometry can be moved or edited if required (the process is the same as for rectangular features) – see section 3.4 for full instructions
  • The ‘Add area to basket’ tool allows you to subsequently use the square feature to define an area for a data product order – see section 7.3 for full instructions on the use of this tool

Outlined below is an overview of the complete end-to-end process of using the ‘Predefined Order Area’ and ‘Add area to basket’ tools to place an order for a predefined area extent of data:

Step 1 Select the ‘Predefined Order Area’ tool in the Order Area toolbox.
Step 2 Choose an area value from the list that appears in the menu interface where the ‘Predefined Order Area’ icon was.
Step 3 A square geometry, with an area matching the value you selected from the list, will be added to the map view.

The centre of the square will match the centre of the map view extent, and the map view will automatically zoom and pan as needed to show the full square extent.

Step 4 If the square feature does not precisely cover the geographic extent of data that you wish to order, you can move the square (see section 3.4.3) and/or edit the geometry (see section 3.4.4) until it is an exact match.

Note:  If you edit the geometry of the square, its area may no longer match the value selected in step 2.  This could result in a data order of a different area being placed.

Step 5 Once the square feature geometry is correct, click on the square in the map once to open the pop up feature dialogue box.
Step 6 If the ‘Add area to basket’ tool is disabled, you need to first add at least one data layer to the map.

See the Catalogue Menu User Guide for more information on how to add data layers to the map.

Step 7 With at least one data layer added to the map, the ‘Add area to basket’ tool is enabled.

Click on the tool once to create an order for data covering the extent of the drawn feature.

Step 8 If you have multiple data layers added to the map viewer, the ‘Select Layers for Areas of Interest’ dialogue box will appear.  The purpose of this box is to define which of the data layers currently being viewed on the map you wish to make an order for.

The box features two columns:

  • on the left is a list of all layers being viewed (A)
  • on the right is a list of which layers you wish to place an order for (B)
Step 9 To move data layers from the left to the right, there are two methods:

  • If you wish to place orders for ALL data layers listed in the left box, use the arrow buttons between the boxes
  • If you wish to identify the data layers to order individually, click-and-drag the data layer names from the left box to the right
Step 10 Some data layers have a constraint set as a minimum order area.  If the area of your drawn feature geometry is below this constraint, you will see an error message informing you that the order area is too small, and this layer cannot be moved to the right column.

In this case you must return to the map view and draw a larger feature which has an area at least as large as the minimum order area for the data layer in question.

Step 11 Once you have at least one data layer listed in the right hand ‘Selected Layers’ box, click the ‘Add to Basket’ button to progress the order.

This will add orders for those data layers, clipped to the geographic extent of the selected feature, to your shopping basket.

Step 12 The ‘Select Layers for Area of Interest’ and feature dialogue boxes close and you are returned to the map viewer.

Visual confirmation that the order(s) have been added to your Basket is provided as an order number shown against the Basket icon on the main menu banner.

Note:  Adding an order to the basket does not complete the order.  You need to click on the basket icon in order to complete the data ordering process.

For more information on how to complete the order, please see the Ordering and Downloading Data User Guide.

4.7- Selection Mode Tool

The ‘Selection Mode’ tool in the Order Area toolbox functions identically to the ‘Selection Mode’ tool in the Drawing toolbox.

Please see section 3.7 for further details.

4.8- Clear All Tool

The ‘Clear All’ tool in the Order Area toolbox functions identically to the ‘Clear All’ tool in the Drawing toolbox.

Please see section 3.8 for further details.

5- Measure Toolbox

5.1- Introduction

5.1.1- Purpose of measure tools

The main purpose of the measure tools are to allow you to make linear and area metric measurements by drawing features in the map viewer.  These measurements could be made to determine the geographical size of features that appear in the data products (by digitising over the top of a data layer), or to measure the dimensions of drawn feature geometries on the map.

Note:  If you are using the measurement tools to measure the area of a feature to define an order area, you can instead use the ‘Predefined Order Area’ tool – see section 4.6 for full instructions.

The various measure tools are accessed via the Measure toolbox, one of several in the Map Tools tab of the hamburger menu.  The provided functionality allows you to:

  • Draw linear features to make linear measurements of distance
  • Draw polygonal area features to make linear and area measurements
  • Delete drawn measurement features (individually or all at once)

The behaviour of the measurement tools geometry drawing function is identical to the Drawing Toolbox tools for the same geometry types:

  • For the ‘Measure Distance’ tool, please see sections 3.3.2/3.3.3 for full details on drawing line and polyline features
  • For the ‘Measure Area’ tool, please see section 3.6.2 for full details on drawing polygon features

Note:  You cannot move or make edits to the geometry of any measurement features once drawn.

The measure toolbox is comprised of two individual measurement drawing tools (for both linear and area geometry types), plus a functional tool, which are all displayed within the measurement toolbox interface:

‘Measure Distance’ Tool The ‘Measure Distance’ tool allows you to add line and polyline features to the map, for use in making linear measurements

See section 5.2 for information on how to use this tool

‘Measure Area’ Tool The ‘Measure Area’ tool allows you to add polygonal features to the map, for use in making area measurements

See section 5.3 for information on how to use this tool

‘Clear Measurements’ Tool The ‘Clear Measurements’ tool allows you to delete ALL the drawn measurement features on the map

See section 5.4 for information on how to use this tool

5.1.2- Measurement geometries vs drawn feature geometries

Features drawn on the map using the drawing and order area toolboxes are the same, whereas features drawn using the measure toolbox are not.

In order to distinguish these objects, a differing default styling is applied:

  • Drawn feature geometries have a blue styling applied by default
  • Measurement feature geometries have a red styling applied by default (lines are dashed when being drawn, and solid once complete)

The differences between these types of features are:

  • Measurement feature types can only be lines/polylines and polygons.  You cannot draw points, rectangular, or circular measurement feature types.
  • Measurement features cannot be moved, have their geometries edited, or their styling changed once drawn.
  • Measurement features have a label box, automatically displaying the measurement value(s):
    • A measurement line has a distance value (measured in metres/kilometres).  If a polyline is created, the distance is updated as the sum of all the line segments comprising the total polyline length.
    • A measurement polygon has both a distance value (measured in metres/kilometres) of the polygon perimeter, and an area value (measured in kilometres squared).

5.1.3- Deleting measurement features

There are two methods to delete measurement features from the map:

  • Individual measurement features can be deleted by using the ‘Delete Measurement’ tool in the feature dialogue box; or
  • ALL measurement features can be deleted simultaneously by using the ‘Clear Measurements’ tool in the Measure toolbox

5.1.3.1- How to delete an individual measurement feature

To delete an individual measurement feature type, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Click on the measurement feature you wish to delete, to open the pop up feature dialogue box.
Step 2 Within the feature dialogue box, click on the ‘Delete measurement’ tool.

 

Note:  Care must be taken when using the ‘Delete measurement’ tool, as once you click on the icon, there is no confirmation step and the feature is immediately deleted with NO METHOD of recovery.

Step 3 The feature is deleted and the feature dialogue box closes to return to the map viewer.

To delete ALL measurement features simultaneously using the ‘Clear Measurements’ tool, see section 5.4.

5.2- Measure Distance Tool

5.2.1- Introduction

The ‘Measure Distance’ tool allows you to draw linear features on the map, alongside which is displayed a distance value. The tool allows you to add the following types of linear features to the map:

  • Line segment – a single straight line connecting two points
  • Polyline – a connected sequence of two or more line segments

5.2.2- How to make a distance measurement

To make a distance (linear) measurement on the map, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Select the ‘Measure Distance’ tool in the Measure toolbox.
Step 2 Click on the map at the location where you wish to begin making a measurement, to create the first point of a line.
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor to the location where you wish the first line to end (the next point in the polyline), and click on the map again.

You will see the distance of the line between the two points provided as a label.

Step 4 Repeat step 3 above as required in order to draw the polyline tracing the map feature you wish to measure.

You will see the distance value dynamically updated as you continue drawing the measurement polyline.

Step 5 Double-click on the map at the location where you wish to stop making the measurement, to create the last point and stop drawing the polyline.  The polyline styling will change to a solid line, indicating the measurement drawing is complete.

The distance value in the label box is the total distance of the line/polyline drawn.

5.3- Measure Area Tool

5.3.1- Introduction

The ‘Measure Area’ tool allows you to draw polygonal features on the map, alongside which are displayed area and distance (perimeter) values.

5.3.2- How to make an area measurement

To make an area measurement on the map, follow the steps below:

Step 1 Select the ‘Measure Area’ tool in the Measure toolbox.
Step 2 Click on the map at the location where you wish to begin making a measurement, to create the first point of a polygon.
Step 3 Move the mouse cursor to the location where you wish the second point of the polygon to be located, and click on the map again.

You will see the area of the polygon and distance of the polygon perimeter provided as a label.

Step 4 Repeat step 3 above as required in order to draw the polygon tracing the map feature you wish to measure.

You will see the area and distance values dynamically updated as you continue drawing the measurement polygon.

Step 5 Double-click on the map at the location where you wish the last point of the polygon to be located, to create the last point and close the polygon.  The double-click will join up with straight lines all the points in the order they were created, connecting the last point back to the first in order to complete the polygon perimeter.  The polygon perimeter styling will change to a solid line, indicating the measurement drawing is complete.

The area value in the label box is the area of the polygon, and the distance value is the total distance of the polygon perimeter.

Note:  A polygon perimeter is defined by at least three points, but the measurement values are presented after only the first point has been created.  Since the distance value for the ‘Measure Area’ tool represents the distance of the polygon perimeter, the distance value provided after the first point has been created (but before the second point) represents the distance from the first point along the line to the second point (the location of the mouse pointer) and back again (i.e. double the distance of the line length).

5.4- Clear Measurements Tool

5.4.1- Introduction

The ‘Clear Measurements’ tool functions similarly to the ‘Clear All’ tool for drawn geometries (see section 3.8) and provides a quick and easy method to delete ALL the drawn measurement features (of any geometry type) on the map.

The ‘Clear Measurements’ tool is disabled unless there is at least one drawn measurement feature on the map.  Once you have drawn at least one feature, the tool is enabled and can be selected.

5.4.2- How to delete all measurement features

To use the ‘Clear Measurements’ tool to delete ALL the drawn measurement features on the map, follow the steps below:

Step 1

Once you have at least one drawn measurement feature on the map, select the ‘Clear Measurements’ tool in the measure toolbox.

All measurement features will be deleted from the map view.

Note:  Care must be taken when using the ‘Clear Measurements’ tool, as unlike the ‘Clear All’ tool, there is NO secondary confirmation stage and NO METHOD to recover deleted measurement features.

6.1- Introduction

6.1.1- Purpose of print tool

The main purpose of the print tool is to allow you to print a map of the current map view – including data layers, drawn features, configured styling, and map title.

he print tool is accessed via the Print Toolbox, one of several in the Map Tools tab of the Hamburger Menu.

The print toolbox is comprised of one individual print tool, which is displayed within the print toolbox interface:

‘Print’ Tool The ‘Print’ tool allows you to create a PDF document from the current map view.

See section 6.2 for information on how to use this tool

6.2.1- Introduction

The ‘Print’ tool allows you to capture a portion of the current map view and convert this into a PDF file which can be downloaded and printed locally.  This is useful if you wish to save, share, and/or print out the map you have created.  The Print tool offers an easy way to export the contents of the map view as a PDF file.

The map includes a map title, all viewable data layers (except the OSM basemap), drawn features, and their configured styling.

The provided functionality allows you to:

  • Choose the desired ISO paper size and orientation of the map
  • Define the scale of the map by the zoom scale of the map viewer
  • Define the geographic coverage of the map by use of a movable rectangular feature
  • Add a map title
  • Choose the desired map image quality (DPI)

The resultant PDF file is then presented for you to download locally, from where you can print the document.

The predefined list of ISO paper sizes and orientations consists of the following 4 values to select from:

A4

Portrait

A4

Landscape

A3

Portrait

A3

Landscape

 

The predefined list of DPI (dots per inch) image quality settings consists of the following 6 values to select from:

72

120

200

254

300

600

6.2.2- Print a map

To print a map, follow the steps below:

Step 1 First, build the map that you wish to print by configuring the map viewer, considering the following aspects:

  • data layers visible in the map view, their display order, and opacity settings
  • map annotations/drawn features, and their styling
  • the extent and scale of the map view are showing what you wish to capture on the map
Step 2 Select the ‘Print’ tool in the print toolbox.
Step 3 Choose an ISO paper size and orientation value from the list that appears in the menu interface where the ‘Print’ icon was.
Step 4 A rectangular geometry will be added to the map view, representing the extent of the printed map.

 

The size of the rectangle will be scaled to fit within the current map view extent, with the rectangle centre being positioned in the map view extent centre.

Step 5 If the rectangle feature does not precisely cover the geographic extent of data that you wish to order, you can move the rectangle (see section 3.4.3) and/or edit the geometry (see section 3.4.4) until it is an exact match.

 

Note:  If you zoom the map view, the rectangle feature will remain at the same geographic size rather than resizing to fit the map view extent (this is why you should ensure the map viewer scale is correct before using the Print tool).

Step 6 If the rectangle is the wrong size, you can delete it by clicking once in the rectangle to open the pop up feature dialogue box, and then clicking the ‘Delete area’ icon.

 

You are returned to the map view, where you can then adjust the map zoom and use the Print tool again to add a new print area.

Step 7 Once the rectangle location covers the geographic extent you wish to capture in the map, click on the rectangle in the map once to open the pop up feature dialogue box, and then click on the ‘Print’ tool to open the print dialogue box.
Step 8 In the print dialogue box, type in a title for the map.

 

The text you enter will be added as a title bar over the map image in the PDF file.

Step 9 Select a DPI setting from the predefined list of DPI values, by clicking on the drop down arrow next to the DPI number displayed.

 

The DPI (dots per inch) selected will determine the image quality of the resultant map.  A higher DPI number will result in a better image quality, but a larger PDF file size being created.

Step 10 Click on ‘Print’ to create the PDF file, or ‘Cancel’ to cancel printing the map and return to the map viewer.
Step 11 Once clicking ‘Print’, the PDF file will be created and returned to your web browser.

 

Depending on your browser type and settings, the PDF will either be displayed in your browser or a file explorer interface opened to save the file locally.

Step 12 You can then open the PDF file using your PDF viewing software of choice and print the map.

Note:  Everything shown in the map view will be contained in the PDF export, with the exception of the OSM basemap layer.  For this reason you must ensure you are viewing at least one data layer from the data catalogue, or the map extent will be blank.

7- Feature Dialogue Box

7.1 – Introduction

The feature dialogue box is a pop up menu that provides access to a range of additional tools that allow you to make edits to individual features on the map.  These tools are not available from the Map Tool’s menu toolboxes, and can only be accessed from the feature dialogue box.

To open the feature dialogue box:

Step 1

If not already selected, select the ‘Selection Mode’ tool in the Drawing or Order Area toolbox.

Step 2

In the map viewer, click once on the drawn feature that you wish to edit, and the feature dialogue box will open.

 

The following table presents a complete list of all the feature dialogue box tools:

‘Text Label’ Tool The ‘Text label’ tool adds a text string label to the feature on the map

See section 7.2 for information on how to use this tool

‘Add Area To Basket’ Tool The ‘Add area to basket’ tool places an order for data which is limited to the feature extent

See section 7.3 for information on how to use this tool

‘Style Editor’ Tool The ‘Style Editor’ tool allows changes to the default appearance of features on the map

See section 7.4 for information on how to use this tool

‘Zoom To Area Extent’ Tool The ‘Zoom to area extent’ tool automatically zooms and pans the map view to show the full feature extent

See section 7.5 for information on how to use this tool

‘Delete Area’ Tool The ‘Delete area’ tool deletes individual features from the map

See section 7.6 for information on how to use this tool

‘Print’ Tool The ‘Print’ tool exports the map view to an image, based on the feature extent

See section 7.7 for information on how to use this tool

‘Close Pop Up’ Tool The ‘Close pop up’ tool closes the feature dialogue box interface

There is no further information on the use of this tool since it simply closes the feature dialogue box with a single click

As discussed in section 2, different feature and geometry types have different editing capabilities.  Therefore, the range of tools available in the feature dialogue box will vary depending upon the particular feature and geometry type selected when it is opened.

The following table identifies which feature dialogue box tools are available for each feature and geometry combination:

Feature Type

Geometry Type

Annotation

Point

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Annotation

Line/Polyline

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Annotation

Rectangle

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Annotation

Circle

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Annotation

Polygon

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Order Area

Rectangle

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Order Area

Circle

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Order Area

Polygon

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Order Area

View Extent Order Area (rectangle)

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Order Area

Predefined Order Area (square)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Measurement

Line/Polyline

N

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

Measurement

Polygon

N

N

N

N

Y

N

Y

Print

Rectangle

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

7.2 – Text Label Tool

7.2.1 – Introduction 

All annotation and order area feature types have a text label attribute which can be populated with a text string and which is then displayed on the map over the feature. This is useful if for example you have drawn several features on the map, and wish to distinguish them by unique names. Text labels are entered and configured from the pop up feature dialogue box.

7.2.2 – How to add a text label

To add a text label to a drawn feature, follow the steps below:

Step 1 If not already selected, select the ‘Selection Mode’ tool in the Drawing or Order Area toolboxes.
Step 2 Click on the drawn feature in the map view once, to open the pop up feature dialogue box.
Step 3 Within the feature dialogue box, click on the word ‘label’ to open a text entry box.
Step 4 In the text entry box, type in the text string value you wish to appear on the map as a label for the feature.
Step 5 Click on the tick symbol (or press the ‘enter’ key on your keyboard) to save the label text string you entered.

 

Step 6 The text is saved as the feature’s text label attribute, and displayed on the map over the feature.

The feature dialogue box is also automatically closed and you are returned to the map viewer.

Step 7 If you later need to close the feature dialogue box manually, this can be done by either:

  • Clicking the top right ‘x’ icon; or
  • Clicking elsewhere in the map viewer

Note:  Closing the feature dialogue box with either of the above actions will NOT save any changes you have made.  You must click the tick symbol or press the ‘enter’ key on your keyboard for any changes in the feature dialogue box to be saved.

7.2.3 – How to delete a text label

To delete a text label previously added to a drawn feature, follow the steps below:

Step 1

If not already selected, select the ‘Selection Mode’ tool in the drawing toolbox.

Step 2

Click on the drawn feature in the map view once, to open the pop up feature dialogue box.

Step 3

Within the feature dialogue box, click on the previously entered text label to open the text entry box.

Step 4

Delete the text by either:

  • selecting the whole text string and pressing the ‘delete’ key on your keyboard; or
  • clicking at the end of the text (to position the text cursor at the end) and using the ‘backspace’ key on your keyboard

Step 5

Click on the tick symbol (or press the ‘enter’ key on your keyboard) to save the changes (i.e. text label deletion) you have made in the feature dialogue box.

Step 6

The text is deleted from the feature’s text label attribute, and no longer displayed on the map over the feature.

The feature dialogue box is also automatically closed and you are returned to the map viewer.

7.3 – Add Area to Basket Tool

7.3.1 – Introduction

The ‘Add area to basket’ tool in the feature dialogue box allows you to use the geometry of a feature to define the geographic extent for a data order.  There are a few issues to be aware of when using this tool:

  • The tool is only available for annotation and order area features of area geometry types (rectangles, circles, and polygons)
  • If you don’t have any data layers added to the map, the tool is disabled.  You must first add at least one data layer to the map viewer.
  • If you have multiple data layers added to the map, the tool is enabled, and a subsequent box asks you to select which layers you wish to order
  • Some data layers have a minimum order area extent – if the drawn feature is below this then the order will not be completed
  • Some data layers will not be precisely clipped to the feature extent when the order is processed

7.3.2 – How to place an order based on a feature extent 

To use the extent of a drawn feature to place an order for data, follow the steps below:

Step 1 If not already selected, select the ‘Selection Mode’ tool in the Drawing or Order Area toolboxes.
Step 2 Click on the feature in the map once, to open the pop up feature dialogue box.
Step 3 If the ‘Add area to basket’ tool is disabled, you need to first add at least one data layer to the map.

See the Catalogue Menu User Guide for more information on how to add data layers to the map.

Step 4 With at least one data layer added to the map, the ‘Add area to basket’ tool is enabled.

Click on the tool once to create an order for data, clipped to the extent of the feature.

Step 5 If you have multiple data layers added to the map viewer, the ‘Select Layers for Areas of Interest’ dialogue box will appear.  The purpose of this box is to define which of the data layers currently being viewed on the map you wish to make an order for.

The box features two columns:

  • on the left is a list of all layers being viewed (A)
  • on the right is a list of which layers you wish to place an order for (B)
Step 6 To move data layers from the left to the right, there are two methods:

  • If you wish to place orders for ALL data layers listed in the left box, use the arrow buttons between the boxes
  • If you wish to identify the data layers to order individually, click-and-drag the data layer names from the left box to the right
Step 7 Some data layers have a constraint set as a minimum order area.  If the area of your selected feature is below this constraint, you will see an error message informing you that the order area is too small, and this layer cannot be moved to the right column.

In this case you must return to the map view and draw a larger feature which has an area at least as large as the minimum order area for the data layer in question.

Step 8 Once you have at least one data layer listed in the right hand ‘Selected Layers’ box, click the ‘Add to Basket’ button to progress the order.

This will add orders for those data layers, clipped to the geographic extent of the selected feature, to your shopping basket.

Step 9 The ‘Select Layers for Area of Interest’ and feature dialogue boxes close and you are returned to the map viewer.

Visual confirmation that the order(s) have been added to your Basket is provided as an order number shown against the Basket icon on the main menu banner.

Note:  Adding an order to the basket does not complete the order.  You need to click on the basket icon in order to complete the data ordering process.

For more information on how to complete the order, please see the Ordering and Downloading Data User Guide.

7.4 – Style Editor Tool

7.4.1 – Introduction

The Style Editor tool offers an easy method to change the default styling that is assigned to all annotation features in order to display them over the map.  This is useful if you have drawn several features on the map, and wish to identify them by a different appearance, or to further customise the look and feel of the map.  The Style Editor tool is accessed from the feature dialogue box.

Depending on the geometry type being edited, the Style Editor tool offers:

  • A colour palette containing 18 different colours (for all geometry types)
  • A selection of 22 different point marker symbols (for points only)
  • A sliding scale of 10 different line thicknesses (for lines/polylines and rectangle/circle/polygon perimeters only)
  • A sliding scale of 21 different opacity levels from transparent to solid (for rectangle/circle/polygon areas only)

The following styling properties can be changed for each geometry type:

Point

Point styling properties that can be changed:

  • Point marker symbol colour
  • Point marker symbol shape

Line/Polyline

Line styling properties that can be changed:

  • Line colour
  • Line width

Rectangle

Rectangle styling properties that can be changed:

  • Rectangle colour
  • Area opacity
  • Outline width

Circle

Circle styling properties that can be changed:

  • Circle colour
  • Area opacity
  • Outline width

Polygon

Polygon styling properties that can be changed:

  • Polygon colour
  • Area opacity
  • Outline width

7.4.2 – How to change a feature’s styling

To access the Style Editor tool and change an annotation feature’ default style, follow the steps below:

Step 1 If not already selected, select the ‘Selection Mode’ tool in the Drawing or Order Area toolboxes.
Step 2 Click on the annotation feature in the map, to open the pop up feature dialogue box.
Step 3 Within the feature dialogue box, click on the Style Editor tool to open the Style Editor.
Step 4 Within the Style Editor, use the various controls provided to configure the feature styling as needed.  The Style Editor controls provided will vary depending upon the geometry type of the feature being edited.

 

This example is using a polygon geometry type, so the following styling controls are available within the Style Editor:

  • Polygon colour
  • Area opacity
  • Outline width
Step 5 When the style configuration is complete, close the Style Editor by using the ‘x’ icon to return to the feature dialogue box.
Step 6 Close the feature dialogue box to return to the map view by either:

  • Clicking the top right ‘x’ icon; or
  • Clicking elsewhere in the map viewer

7.5 – Zoom to Area Extent Tool

7.5.1 – Introduction

The ‘Zoom to area extent’ tool in the feature dialogue box will automatically zoom and pan the map view as required to show the full extent of the selected feature.  This is useful if you have complex features at varying scales and allows for quick and easy map navigation to view the full feature.

7.5.2 – How to zoom to a features extent

To automatically zoom and pan the map to the extent of a feature, follow the steps below:

Step 1 If not already selected, select the ‘Selection Mode’ tool in the Drawing or Order Area toolboxes.
Step 2 Click on the feature in the map once, to open the pop up feature dialogue box.
Step 3 Within the feature dialogue box, click on the ‘zoom to area extent’ icon.
Step 4 The map view zooms and pans as necessary in order to show the full geographic extent of the selected feature.  The feature dialogue box also closes automatically.

7.6 – Delete Area Tool

7.6.1 – Introduction

The ‘Delete Area’ tool in the feature dialogue box allows you to delete individual features from the map.  There are no prerequisites and the tool works with all feature types and geometry types.

Note:  Care must be taken when using the ‘Delete area’ tool, as once you click on the icon, there is no confirmation step and the feature is immediately deleted with NO METHOD of recovery.

7.6.2 – How to delete an individual feature 

To delete an individual feature, follow the steps below:

Step 1 If not already selected, select the ‘Selection Mode’ tool in the Drawing or Order Area toolboxes.
Step 2 Click on the object you wish to delete, to open the pop up feature dialogue box.
Step 3 Within the feature dialogue box, click on the ‘Delete area’ tool.

Note:  Care must be taken when using the ‘Delete area’ tool, as once you click on the icon, there is no confirmation step and the feature is immediately deleted with NO METHOD of recovery.

Step 4 The feature is deleted and the feature dialogue box closes to return to the map viewer.

7.7.1 – Introduction

You may wish to share and print out the map you have created. There is a quick and simple way to do this, by using the print tool. This tool allows you to select the page size you require, the DPI and if a legend is needed, then it will export a PDF version of everything shown in the map view.

7.7.2 – How to print

Once you have turned on the desired data layer and made any necessary annotations, you are ready to print. For more information on displaying data and creating annotations, please refer to the user guides.

  • Open the left hand menu in the Map Page
  • Click the Map Tools tab
  • Open the Print Tools menu
  • Click the Printer icon and select the preferred print size.

  • A blue box will be placed over the area that will be printed.
  • Left click anywhere within the blue box and a popup will appear. To adjust the area of the print extent, single click the blue box so the popup appears and then click and drag the box to the desired position.
  • If you need to change the print area, you can remove the box, click the X in the popup. Then simply add a new print area. 
  • Click the printer icon and select the DPI and format required. Click the Print button.

  • A PDF will be downloaded to your computer.