In Depth Overview of Measuring Tools
Posted by Alle Fairhurst, Last modified by Alle Fairhurst on 23 July 2015 11:38 AM

We have two tool bars in the program, an overhead tool bar and a directional tool bar. The directional tool bar is only visible in the North, South, East and West directional views. The tool bars contain all of the measuring tools you will use on your properties. Scroll down to see photos and a description of each tool and how to use it. 

Overhead Tool Bar (scroll down for an explanation of each tool):

Tool Bar

Overhead Tool Bar Explanation:

  1. Hand tool- Allows you to move the photo. Hold down your left mouse button and drag the photo anywhere you would like for optimal positioning.

  2. A+ tool- This is the area tool. It allows you to measure sq feet, sq yards, sq meters etc, acres etc. To use it, click the A+, take your cursor in the photo where you would like to begin drawing and click down one time in the photo with your mouse. Start tracing the perimeter of the object you are measuring and a blue line will follow. When you have traced around the entire perimeter of the object, double click and your measurement result will appear on the left. 

  3. A- Tool-This is the subtract area tool. It allows you to subtract out areas that you don't want to include in your positive area measurements. For example, if you are measuring a parking lot, you can use the A+ tool to measure the whole lot and the A- tool to subtract out turf islands. To use it, click the A-, take your cursor in the photo where you would like to begin drawing, and click down one time in the photo with your mouse. Start tracing the perimeter of the object you are measuring and a red line will follow. When you have traced around the entire perimeter of the object, double click and your measurement result will appear on the left. You can also subtract out areas from positive area measurements by right clicking on a completed measurement, selecting 'subtract area' and tracing around the area that you would like to subtract out. 

  4. Ruler- This is the linear distance tool. It allows you to measure linear footage. To use it, click on the ruler. Click once in the photo where you would like to begin. Move your mouse to continue measuring (you do not have to hold the mouse button down). Change the direction of your line to accommodate curves etc. with one click of the mouse. Double click when finished.

  5. Globe- This is the latitude and longitude locater. It gives you the latitude and longitude coordinates for any location in the photo. To use it, click once on the globe, then click in the photo and we will deliver the latitude and longitude coordinates for that location. 

  6. Clover- This is the parcel to parcel tool. It will show you property boundaries (when available) for any property you can see in your photo. To use it, click the clover to turn the tool on. Then click the center of the property to make property boundaries appear. If you are able to see property boundaries, you can likely see the property's address in the "Searched Addresses" section of the measurement result panel.

  7. Label tool- This is the label tool. It allows you to label anything in a photo. To use it, click the label tool to turn it on. Click the location in the photo you would like the label to appear. We will assign a default label to the photo. Right click on the label in the photo and choose "Change Text". A text box will appear where you can change the text, font, font size and color of the label. 

  8. # Sign- This is the object counting tool. It helps you count trees, rocks and shrubs on the property. To use it, click on the arrow next to the # sign and a menu will appear. Select what you would like to count (trees, rocks or shrubs) from the menu and then click on that object in the photo. The program will drop an icon in the photo. If you use the tree counter, it will ask you to enter a radius for the tree ring measurement.

  9. Red Tool box- This is the icon for the tool bar. It allows you to minimize and maximize the tool bar. Click the red tool box if you would like to minimize the tool bar. If you minimize the tool bar, you cannot see the tools. If you click on the tool box when you can't see the tools, it will roll the tool bar down for you, and you will be able to see the tools again. 

Directional Tool Bar (North, South, East and West views. Scroll down for an explanation of each tool)

Directional Tool Bar

Directional Tool Bar Explanation

**We recommend that you measure for area and linear distance in the overhead photos, with the overhead toolset. 

  1. Hand tool- Allows you to move the photo. Hold down your left mouse button and drag the photo anywhere you would like for optimal positioning.

  2. A+ tool- This is the area tool. It allows you to measure sq feet. To use it, click the A+ and take your cursor in the photo where you would like to begin drawing. Click on the photo to begin measuring and hold the left mouse button down while using this tool. Start tracing the perimeter of the object you are measuring and a blue line will follow. To change direction with your lines while using the A+ tool, use the "V" key on your keyboard. When you get back to where you began, release the left mouse button and your measurement result will appear on the left. 

  3. A- tool- This is the subtract area tool. It allows you to subtract areas out of your positive area measurements that you do not want to include. To use it, click the A-, take your cursor in the photo where you would like to begin drawing. Click on the photo to begin measuring and hold the left mouse button down while using this tool. Start tracing the perimeter of the object you are measuring and a red line will follow. To change direction with your lines while using the A- tool, use the "V" key on your keyboard. When you get back to where you began, release the left mouse button and your measurement result will appear on the left. 

  4. Ruler- This is the linear distance tool. It allows you to measure linear footage. To use it, click on the ruler. Click once in the photo where you would like to begin and draw a line where you would like to measure distance. You must hold the mouse down the entire time you are drawing your line. Release the mouse when you're finished and your measurement result will appear on the left. 

  5. Globe- This is the latitude and longitude locater. It gives you the latitude and longitude coordinates for any location in the photo. To use it, click once on the globe, then click in the photo and we will deliver latitude and longitude coordinates.

  6. Label tool- This is the label tool. It allows you to label anything in a photo. To use it, click the label tool. Click the location in the photo you would like the label to appear. We will assign a default label to the photo. Go to the label tab in the measurement result table and click on the abc icon underneath the default label. Fill in the appropriate text in your text box.

  7. Vertical ruler- This is the height tool. The height tool allows you to measure the height of anything in the photo. Click the vertical ruler, take the cursor in the photo where you would like to begin your height measurement and hold the mouse down while you trace a line from the bottom of the object to the top. Release the mouse when you're finished and your measurement result will appear on the left. 

  8. Slope tool- The slope tool will measure the change in elevation and slope for a property object or area. To use it, click the slope icon, hold down the control key on your keyboard and drag a line from start to finish over the area you need to measure the change in elevation or slope. You must hold the mouse down the entire time you draw the line. Release the mouse when you're finished and your measurement result will appear on the left. 

  9. # Sign- This is the object counting tool. It helps you count trees, rocks and shrubs on the property. Select what you would like to count (trees, rocks or shrubs) and then click on the object you would like to count in the photo. The program will drop an icon in the photo for you on that object. If you use the tree counter, it will ask for you to enter a radius for the tree ring measurement.

  10. + And - signs- This is the zoom ladder. This is how you zoom in and out on the photo in a directional view.

To practice using these tools, visit our test drive areas for Go iLawn and Go iPave

 

 

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