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Map Viewer Information

The online web mapping applications available use ESRI ArcServer software technology.

How to Use the ArcIMS Viewer

Various tools are available to maneuver around the map and get additional attribute information for data layers displayed in the map view. Please note that not all of the the tools listed below may be available for every application. Some layers may be scale dependent and will not show until a certain map scale has been reached.

ArcIMS Tool Function and Description
Icon Tool How to use Additional Instructions
Image of Layer Visible Checkbox and Active
Layer Status Data available in the map can be turned on or off by checking or unchecking the square box next to the layer name. When you make any changes, you will need to select the "Refresh Map"' button located at the bottom of the layer list. Only one layer can be active. The active layer is indicated with a solid circle and can be changed by just selected the radio button by the layer you are interested in. View Instructions
Image of Zoom In Icon Tool
Zoom In Select the "Zoom In" icon to activate the tool. Move the cross hairs to the location on the map you want to get more detail and click the left mouse button. Users may also draw a box by clicking on the map and holding the left mouse button down while dragging the mouse to the desired area. Release the button to enlarge the map to the defined area.
Image for Zoom Out Icon tool
Zoom Out Select the "Zoom Out" icon to activate the tool. Move the cross hairs to the location on the map you want to zoom out and click the left mouse button.
Image of Zoom Full Extent tool icon
Zoom Full Extent When the "Zoom Full Extent" icon is selected, the map will return to the initial map extent when the application started showing all of South Carolina.
Image for Zoom to Active Layer icon tool
Zoom to Active Layer When the "Zoom to Active Layer" icon is selected, the map will zoom to the extent of the active layer.
Image of Zoom Back to Previous Extent Icon tool
Zoom Back to Previous Extent When the "Zoom Back" to Previous Extent tool is selected, the map will return, or go back, to the previous map extent.
Image of Pan tool icon
Pan Select the "Pan" icon to activate the tool. Move the pointer to the initial location on the map and Click and hold the left mouse button. Drag the mouse to move the map area. Release the button to redraw the map at the new location.
Image of Identify icon tool
Identify Select the "Identify" button to activate the tool. Make sure the layer you are interested in is visible, checked, and is the active layer. Place the cross hairs over the point of interest and click the left mouse button. A new window will open showing a table with additional information available for that layer.
Image of Query Builder icon tool
Query Builder When you select the "Query Builder" tool it will open a new window. From the drop down box select the possible field from the active layer you want to query. Select the operator type and they type in the value. Select the "Add to Query String" button and then the "Execute" button to start the query. Valid results will be displayed in a new window as a table. This is case sensitive and must be an identical match for any results to display. View Instructions
Image of the Find Tool icon
Find When you select the "Find" tool it will open a new window. Type in the value you want to search for in the active layer. Valid results will be displayed in a new window as a table. This tool is case-sensitive and must be identical for any results to return. View Instructions
Image of Measure tool icon

Measure

When you select the "Measure" took the distances will be displayed in the upper left hand side of the map area. Place the cross hairs on the map and click the left mouse button. Add additional locations as needed. Use the "Clear Selection" Tool to start over or remove the drawn segments from the map. View Instructions
Image of Set Units icon tool
Set Units

When you select the "Set Units" tool it will open a new window. To change the current units, select the desired units from the drop down box for "Display units" and then the "Set Units" button. This will change the units used for the Measure tool, Buffer tool, and the map scale bar.

View Instructions
Image of Buffer tool icon
Buffer You will need to have a feature(s) from the active layer selected for the buffer tool to work. When the "Buffer" icon is selected a new window will open. Select from the drop down box the layer you want features to be selected from and specify the distance around the selected feature you want to find information. Check the "Display Attributes" if you would also like a new window with a table of the selected features. Select the "Create Buffer" button to find features within the buffer. View Instructions
Image of Select by Rectangle tool icon

Select by Rectangle

The "Select by Rectangle" tool works with the active layer. Place the cross hairs on the map and click the left mouse button and hold. Release the mouse button when you have the area of interest defined. Any features in the active layer located in the rectangle will be selected and highlighted in the map. Use the "Clear Selection" tool to unhighlight selected items from the map. View Instructions
Image of Select by line or polygon tool icon
Select by line or polygon The "Select with Line or Polygon" tool works with the active layer and will open a new window. Draw either a line or polygon by placing the cross hairs on the map where you want to start and click the left mouse button. This will add a red dot on the map. Repeat to add additional locations. When you have a line drawn, select the "Complete Line & Select" or if you drew a polygon, select "Complete Polygon & Select". Any features in the active layer that cross the line will be selected and any features that are in the polygon area will be selected. A new window will display a table with available attribute information. View Instructions
Image of Clear Selection tool icon
Clear Selection When the "Clear Selection" icon is selected, any map elements that have been drawn, selected, or highlighted will be cleared.
Icon for Turn Overview Map On/Off icon tool
Turn Overview Map On/Off The overview map is a reference map indicating the area you are viewing in the main map area. This is initially turned on when you start the application. The overview map can be turned off by selecting the "Turn Overview Map On/Off" icon and can be turned back on if off.
Image for Print tool icon
Print When the "Print" icon is selected a new window will open. You can change the default title name by replacing the text in the text box. Select the "Create Print Page" button. This will open a new web browser window with the map and legend. Use your web browser's print feature to print the map.
Image for Zoom to Area tool icon
Zoom to Specific Area When the "Zoom to Specific Area" icon is selected a new window will open. This will let you select a name for a geographic area from one of the drop down boxes and when you select the "Zoom to [Area]" button, the map will zoom to that geographic area.

How to Turn layers On/Off

    Data layers shown on the map are listed and can be turned on and off. This also sets the active layer.
  1. To turn a layer off, uncheck the square box next to the layer name. To turn a layer on, check the square box next to the layer name.
  2. Click the Refresh button for the changes to take affect in the map view.
Note: Only only layer can be active and is indicated by the filled circle. To change the active layer, just select the circle next to the layer name to make it active.
Image Showing example on how to turn layers visible and active


How does the Query Builder Work

    The Query Builder tool works with the active layer.
  1. Select from the drop down box the field you want to query. The first part of the field is the name of the active layer followed by the column or field name.
  2. Select the operator type from the drop down box (=, <, >, <=, >=, Like).
  3. Type the name of the value or select the Get Samples button to generate a list of values for the field. Please note: The query is case sensitive.
  4. Select the Add to Query String button to generated a formatted query statement. You can also build a statement in the text box area as well.
  5. Select the Execute button to start the query.
  6. If the query statement is valid, a new window will open with a table showing the available fields for the results.
  7. You can zoom to the record by selecting the link under the column Rec.
Image Showing example of query tool and resulting table


How does the Find Tool Work

    The find tool works with the active layer.
  1. Type in the value you want to find. NOTE: The find tool is case-sensitive and must be an identical match.
  2. Select the Find String button.
  3. This will return a new window with a table showing the record that was found.
  4. You can zoom to that feature in the map view by selecting the link under the Rec column.
Image showing example of the Find Tool


How do you use the Measure Tool

    When you select the measure tool, the distances will be displayed in the upper left hand side of the map area.
  1. Place the cross hairs on the map where you want to start calculating a distance from and click the left mouse button. This will add a red circle to the map and a distance will be displayed in the Segment text area. The value will adjust according to the location of the cross hairs.
  2. Move to the ending location and click the left mouse button. This will add another red dot on the map to indicate the location and draw a red line between the two points. The distance for all of the segments draw will be displayed in the Total Segment text area. Draw additional segments as desired.
Note: Use the Clear Selection tool to start over or remove the drawn segments from the map.
Image showing example of the Measure Tool


How do you change the units?

    This will open a new window when this tool is selected.
  1. The Display Units drop down box lists the current units the project is using when the tool is initiated. To change the units, select from the options available .
  2. Select the Set units button. This will change the units used for the Measure tool, Buffer tool, and the map scale bar units.
Image showing example of the Set Units Tool


How do you use the Select by Rectangle tool?

    This tool works with the active layer.
  1. Place the cross hairs on the map where you want to start the rectangle and click the left mouse button and hold. A red box will be displayed on the map.
  2. Drag the mouse to the opposite corner to the desired size rectangle and release the mouse button.
  3. Any features in the active layer within the rectangle will be highlighted on the map.
  4. A new window will open with a list of the selected features in the active layer showing on the map.
  5. You can zoom to a feature in the table by selecting the link under the Rec column or zoom to all of the highlighted locations by selecting the link under the table named Zoom to these records
Note: Use the Clear Selection tool to start over or remove the drawn segments from the map.
Image showing example of select by rectangle


How do you use the Select with Line or Polygon

The Select with Line or Polygon tool works with the active layer and will open a new window.

    Line Select Example:
  1. Place the cross hairs on the map where you want to start the line and click the left mouse button to add a red dot to the map. Add additional locations as needed. A red dot will be placed at every vertices and a red line will show the segments.
  2. Go to the Select Line/Polygon window and select the button Complete Line & Select.
  3. Any features that the line crosses on the active layer will be selected and highlighted in the map view.
  4. A new window will open with a list of all of the features in the map that where selected for only the active layer.
  5. You can zoom to a particular record by selecting the link under the Rec column or zoom to all of the records by selecting the link located under the table.
Image showing example of Select by line tool

Image for Select by line Results

    Polygon Select Example:
  1. Place the cross hairs on the map where you want to start the polygon and click the left mouse button to add a red dot to the map. Add additional locations as needed. A red dot will be placed at every vertices and a red line will show the segments.
  2. Go to the Select Line/Polygon window and select the button Complete Polygon & Select.
  3. Any feature in the active layer that is within the polygon will be selected and highlighted in the map view.
  4. A new window will open with a list of all of the features in the map that where selected for only the active layer.
  5. You can zoom to a particular record by selecting the link under the Rec column or zoom to all of the records by selecting the link located under the table.
Image showing example of the Select by Polygon Tool


How do you use the Buffer tool?

    This tool works with the active layer and a feature(s) must be selected for the buffer tool to work.
  1. Select a feature(s) from the active layer you want to buffer.
  2. From the Buffer Window tool, select from the drop down box the layer from the list you would like features selected from.
  3. Specify the distance. (The units listed are what the project is currently using. Use the Change Units tool to change the units).
  4. Check the box if you would like a new window to open with a list of the attributes for the features found within the buffer.
  5. Select the Create Buffer button to select the features within a buffer.
  6. The map view will show the buffer with the distance specified around the selected feature and the the selected items for the layer specified.
  7. If the Display Attributes was checked in the Buffer tool, a new window will display showing a list of the features and there attributes that intersect the buffer.
Note: Use the Clear Selection tool to start over or remove the drawn segments from the map.
Image showing example of the Buffer ToolImage showing the Buffer Tool Results

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