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Interactive Mapping Server Help

Map Tools

Icon Tool Description
Zoom In Select this tool and drag a box around your area of interest to zoom most quickly. For slower zooming simply select the tool and click on the map.
Zoom Out Draw a box with this tool to control zoom distance. A tiny box will zoom out a great distance. A large box will zoom out a small distance. For slower zooming simply select the tool and click on the map.
Zoom Full Zooms to the full view of the map.
Zoom Active Layer Zooms to the full view of the active layer.
Zoom to Last View Zooms to the previous view. Use this instead of the 'Back' button on your browser. (only goes one level)
Pan Drag the map to move to adjacent areas without changing scale.
Identify Select and then click on the map to get information about the selected feature(s) on the active layer. Results will appear below the map.
Query This tool opens a dialogue box at the bottom of the map where you can type in a query or use the query builder interface. If a single feature is found a new map will be drawn that is zoomed into the feature. The tool works on the active layer. To find a street make the roads layer active, enter the street name and street type in capital letters in the 'Value' field, click "Add to Query String", then click "Execute". Click the "Samples" button to check the format of fields. Complex expressions can be built with by using various operators such as "And" and "Or". If multiple features are found, a list will be returned where features can be selected and zoomed to.
Find Click the button and type in a search string to get a list of all the features in the active layer that match. To search for all parcels that located in township 39N range 05W section 3, you would type "39N05W03". If multiple features are found, a list will be returned. Click on the record number at left to zoom to a feature.
Measure Click the button and then define the first point by clicking on the map. As you move the cursor away from the first point the distance will be displayed at the top left. Click again to define the second point. Repeat for each segment. You must wait for each command to be completed before clicking another point. Use cues from your browser to monitor this. Click another tool to end measuring and the Clear Selection tool to reset the values. Distances are measured in miles unless you change units (below).
Set Units Click the button and select a new distance unit. This will affect the scalebar, measuring, and buffering. The default value is miles.
Buffer Select a feature and then click the buffer button. Enter a distance for the buffer and a layer that you want to highlight features from and then click "Buffer". A new map will be returned that shows the buffer and features that fell within it. Buffering may take some time depending on the layer you choose to highlight and your buffer distance. Check the "Display Attributes" checkbox prior to buffering to get a list of features that fall within the buffer. This process may take a long time.
Select by Rectangle Select an object by clicking once or drawing a rectangle within it. All objects in the active layer that are touched by the rectangle will be selected.
Select by Line or Polygon Select an object by choosing points and then creating a line or a polygon. All objects in the active layer touched by the line or polygon will be selected. Wait for a red dot to appear before choosing the next point.
Clear Selection Clears selected features (like the yellow shading on a selected parcel, or an address dot and label) and returns a fresh map.
Print Click this button, enter a title for your map, and click "Create Print Page". A new browser window will appear with a map layout. Use the print button on your browser. You may wish to go to Page Setup first to specify landscape orientation.

Features and Functions

Selecting or Activating Map Layers

You can choose from many available map "layers", to see just the combination of map information that you want to see. There is a default configuration, but you can change it. At large scales (Zoomed–In), there are locations where the map can be very busy, such as the perimeter of Moscow. In order to see some layers better, you can always turn other layers off by clicking in the square box next to the layer name in the Layers list at the right section of the screen. You can also turn layers on by clicking this box. A check in the box means the layer will be visible, empty means that layer will not be visible. To make changes effective, click the Refresh button at the bottom of the Layers list.

Just as the square box makes the layer visible, the round box makes it the "active" layer. Most of the tools work on the "active" layer only. To make a layer active, click on the round dot next to it. Active = Inactive = Only one layer can be active at a time. The white box below the map will acknowledge the layer that you have selected to be active.

Identifying Features on the Map

A Geographic Information System stores information about every feature on the map (such as the name of a road or stream). This can easily be obtained by clicking on that feature. Zoom to a scale where the feature is visible on the screen. Click the round button to make that layer active. Select the identify tool from the upper left corner of the screen. Click on the feature that you would like to identify. A data window will pop up with all the available information associated with that feature.

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