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The GIS Mapping Application is an interactive web application that allows viewing, searching, and printing of geographic maps and data. The newest version features refined tools such as address and intersection locators as well as a search tool that allows users to enter coordinates or retrieve coordinates by clicking on the map.

map menu

Layers - all available layers are found in the "Layer Control" folder on the right hand side under the "Mapping" tab. The layers can be turned on and off as desired. Don't forget that the "Update Map" button must be clicked in order to view layer selection changes on the map.


how to search

Search - users can search by address and intersection by clicking on the "Search" tab on the right hand side. The search results will be displayed at the bottom of the screen along with the percentage matched. For example, if you do not include the street suffix (ex: Ave, Rd), you may not get a 100% match as the full street name includes the suffix.


how to find intersectionIntersection Locator - one of the newest features in the Freeance mapping application is our new intersection locator. It is located under the "Search" tab and is used by entering a street name along with a cross-street name as shown in the example below.




Tools - the left hand side is dedicated to map tools such as Zoom, Distance Measuring, and Identify

zoom in Zoom in - Click anywhere on the map and it will zoom in one unit and recenter the map. You can also click and drag a square to set a new extent and the map will zoom to only that area. Pay attention to the green indicator square in the zoom scale on the right side of the map as you zoom in.

zoom out Zoom out - Click anywhere on the map and it will zoom out one unit and recent the map. Pay attention to the green indicator square in the zoom scale on the ride side of the map as you zoom out.

pan or recenter Pan/Recenter - Once selected, the tool will allow you to pan in all directions. Simply click anywhere and while holding down the left mouse key, drag the map just as you would drag a piece of paper with your hand to see the point of interest. You can also pan by just clicking near the corners as this will recenter the map to that location.

find coordinates Identify - This allows users to retrieve attribute data of the feature of interest. Features can be selected from layers that have been turned on and updated to the map. The user must select the layer of interest from a drop down menu in the bottom right corner of the map. Also found there is a menu that allows users to either select features by clicking on them or by drawing a polygon around the area of interest. *Note that using the Identify tool on a parcel of land will retrieve the PropertyID in addition to much more information. This ID is denoted by beginning with the letter "R" and is the top of the frame. Clicking on the number will take you to the Brazos County Appraisal District's web page for more information on that particular parcel of land.

measuring tool Measure - After selecting the tool, users can measure distance between points in Feet, Meters, Yards, Miles, or Kilometers. The menu for this tool appears in the bottom right corner after selecting the Measure tool.

lat long boxfind lat long Find Lat-Long CoordinatesUsers can type in coordinates and then zoom to that particular location. In addition, users can select the tool and click anywhere to retrieve that locations' coordinates in decimal degrees. To find a location by coordinates, simply type in the latitude and longitude and click "Zoom to Coordinates" as shown below.                                                     

redrawing Redraw Map - It works in a similar fashion as the "Update Map" button for layers under the "Mapping" tab. Simply click at anytime to refresh the map with the latest and most recent changes in layers or feature selections.

previous extent Zoom Previous - The map continually keeps a log of the previous zoom extent. At any time, users can click "Zoom Previous" to return to the previous level of zoom.

initial extent Initial Extent - The initial extent refers to scale and position of the map as it is first seen when opened. This means that users can go back to viewing the whole city and recentering with a click of this button.

saving map Save Map Image - This allows users to capture what is currently being displayed by the mapping application and display it in a new tab in the browser. From there, users can right-click and save the image. In other words, it allows the map to be turned into a screen shot.

printing Print - Once clicked, the Freeance Print Manager will display a window asking the user to choose if they want to print the Map Image, Search Results, or Selected Feature Data. The user also has page layout, scale, and custom text options available for customization of the image to be printed. Freeance prints the image to a PDF.


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Last updated: 3/15/2016 5:00:04 PM