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Mark up and Measure

You can use the Mark up and Measure tool to add graphic elements (points, lines, polygons) to your map and to measure distances and areas. To use one of these tools, open the Mark up & Measure dialog and then select the appropriate tool.

To open the Mark up & Measure dialog

  1. In the Toolbar, click the Mark up & Measure icon .
  2. This opens the Mark up & Measure dialog box.



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  3. As you move the cursor on the map, the coordinates of the current location are displayed. You can change the units displayed to DMS or State plane with the leftmost drop down list.
  4. To erase the last element drawn from the map, click the undo button
  5. To erase all of the graphics you have added to the map, click on the eraser .
  6. After drawing, you can close the Mark up & Measure dialog by clicking on its Close icon in the upper right.

To add/locate a Point

  1. In the Mark up & Measure dialog, click the Point icon
  2. Move the cursor to the first point.  As you move the mouse, the location of the cursor is displayed. When you click on the map, a point will be drawn of the selected size and color.
  3. To change the Symbol Properties, click on the point style button (see Below).
  4. Add additional points if desired by moving the cursor and clicking on the desired location.

To add/measure a line

  1. In the Mark up & Measure dialog, click the Line icon
  2. Move the cursor to the first point of the line you want to draw, and click the left mouse button. As you move the mouse from this location, you will see the line stretching to the current position. The measure dialog will begin to display distance and bearing between the last point and the current cursor location.
  3. Move the cursor to the second point of the line. If you only want to draw one straight-line segment, double-click at this location. Otherwise click once with the left mouse button.
  4. If drawing a line with multiple segments (polyline), continue clicking at vertices to add segments. The length of the previous segment is shown in the Segment display in the Measure dialog. The Total  displays the sum of segments added so far.
  5. At any point during the drawing, you can change the units for measuring distance by using the drop-down list in the measure dialog. You can also change units after completing the measurement.
  6. At the last vertex, double-click to end the line. The Total  length displays the length of the line, including all segments of a polyline. You can change the units drop-down list to see the same line expressed with different units.
  7. To draw another line, simply click on the map to start the new line.

To draw a polygon

  1. In the Mark up & Measure dialog, click the polygon icon .
  2. Set the units for measuring distance.
  3. Click the left mouse button at the first point in the polygon. As you move the mouse from this location, you will see the line stretching to the current position along with distance and bearing.
  4. Click the second point of the polygon. The first segment draws, and the polygon now stretches to the current position from the last point as well as to the initial point.
  5. Continue adding points (vertices) of the polygon. New vertices add segments connecting to the previous vertex.
  6. At the last vertex in the polygon, double-click the mouse. You do not need to click at the original point again.
  7. To draw a new polygon, simply click on the map to start the new polygon.

To change units of measure

  1. In the Mark up & Measure dialog, click on one of the Units drop down lists.
  2. Select the desired units for location(DMS, Decimal Degrees, Stateplane ft), Distance (feet,miles,meters), and Area (Sq ft, Sq miles, Acres, Sq meters).).

To change Color / Size of Symbols

  1. In the Mark up & Measure dialog, click on one of the Symbol Property buttons (, , ) along the left side of the dialog box.
  2. The Symbol Properties dialog will appear.
  3. Select the coarse color from the vertical color spectrum bar by clicking on it.
  4. You can fine tune the shading by clicking anywhere in the square.
  5. If you would like the map features to show through your mark up, you can adjust the Opacity anywhere between 0 and 99 percent.
  6. You can adjust the diameter of your points or the width of your lines by selecting a Size between 2 and 16.
  7. The graphics on the Symbol Property buttons will reflect the changes that you make. Click on the X in the upper right corner to close this dialog box.