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					                                                 Page 20. Printing Maps
AVGIS Web based GIS Guide
                                                 Page 22. Data Result Downloads
Index:
                                                 Page 26. FAQ
Page 2. Important Tips, before Starting!

Page 3. Map Contents Panel, Mapping Layers
Making Thematic Maps                             **Advanced features:
Page 4. Map Navigation, pan, zoom,               **Page 9. Create a ‘Pin’ Map
measure, etc.
                                                 **Page 10. Locating a Point of Interest
Page 5. Id Features on Map, Hyperlinks
                                                 **Page 15. Select a Group of Parcels by Line,
Page 11. Search Parcel Records
                                                 ** Page 18. Create an Abutters List




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IMPORTANT TIPS BEFORE YOU GET STARTED
Please note that the appearance of the applications you will use may vary from the
images in this guide



This website makes extensive use of the right mouse-button to bring up additional
menus and functionality. For instance, you need to right-click on a search result you
bring up in the “Results” pane in order to get to “zoom to” it.



Before starting, be sure you have all pop-up blockers on your computer turned off.
Because pop-up blockers are so ubiquitous these days, you may have several of them
running on your computer at once in such things as internet explorer, google toolbar, or
yahoo toolbar. They all must be off for portions of this site to perform properly.



Important note for users with Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, this site will require the
                         use of the ‘Compatibility View’ option. After opening the
                         Web GIS, click on the "Compatibility View" toolbar button (as
                         shown on at left, it is located next to the Refresh button on the
Address Bar.) This only needs to be done once. It will automatically enable the correct
mode the next time you open the web GIS site.



You may note that after a certain period of inactivity, the web mapping application will
time out. If this happens simply hit the ‘Restart/New” (session) button at the top right of
the window.




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    THE “MAP CONTENTS” or MAP LAYERS PANE




                                 The Map Contents pane controls what data layers are shown on the map.

                                 *Layers are collected in under logical groups and you can turn on or off an
                                 entire group of layers by checking or unchecking the group check box. You
                                 can also turn on or off individual layers under a group collection the same
                                 way. Also see comment in box below.

                                 If a layer is grayed-out it means that the layer is not visible at the present
                                 scale of the map. For example, parcel dimensions labels are not visible
                                 unless you are substantially zoomed-in on the map.

                                 The layers are “stacked” or grouped in a particular order that cannot be
                                 changed. Sometimes one layer will obscure another. For example, to get a
                                 clean, unrestricted view of topography, you may need to shut off Zoning, if
                                 you had it turned on.

                                 If you want to reveal more of a selection from any layer set, just click on it
                                 to expand the group or reveal symbols of the layer.




To expand a layer group, just click on the
‘+’, to collapse it, hit the ‘-‘

Additionally clicking on ‘+’ at the actual
layer, the map symbol or legend for that
layer is revealed.

*Some layer groups are not toggled as a
group. A few are designed to be turned on
individually. If turning a group on seems to
do nothing, try expanding it to find out if
layers are independent, as in example to
the left.

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MAP NAVIGATION and other TOOLS
Basic Navigation, If you want just basic map navigation, say to
slide map over, zoom in or out, you can use the navigation icon
on the upper left of the map. It works the same as you would
expect in Google maps and several others.

More Advance Navigation and Tools are Located in the upper
right, the map navigation tools work in a similar fashion to the navigation tools on the
previous WebGIS or other GIS websites.




From left to right with the icons above, the tools are as follows:

     Zoom In…allows the user to draw a rectangle on the map and zoom in to the
extents of that rectangle. The user can also single-click on the map and zoom in one
level.




     Zoom Out…allows the user to draw a rectangle on the map and zoom out an
equivalent amount. The user can also single-click on the map and zoom out one level.

    Pan…Allows the user to slide the map around while maintaining the same scale.

     Full Extent…Zooms the map way out to encompass the whole city.



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    Back Extent…Zooms the user back to the scale and view they were at previously.

   Forward Extent…Zooms the user back to a view they were at before zooming to a
Back Extent.

    Magnifier…Opens a magnifier window the user can move around the map to get a
zoomed-in view.




    Map Identify…

Once this tool is selected, it allows the user to click anywhere on the map and bring up
a data window containing data attributes of every feature underneath the click-point.
The attributes of the default or topmost data layer is displayed first but data for all the
other layers embedded under the click-point can be accessed by clicking slightly to the
left of the drop-down button. If there is a link to another document or web page, this is
also how to access it. It could be another map, ie a tax map, a real estate record card if
available, a picture, or a zoning ordinance as shown here.

First, select the tool to make it active, then move the pointer over the feature you wish to
identify, and click. A small drop-down box will appear.




Initially you will only see the topmost layer information. But if you move the curser over
the left portion of the box, a sub-drop-down will be revealed.

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Click on any of the records shown in the drop down box and the feature info will be
                                                     opened….in this case,
                                                     information on the Shoreland
                                                     Zoning will be shown…



                                                      If a link to a document is
                                                      available, it will show here. Just
                                                      click on the link and a new
                                                      window of information will open…




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or…..to use another example, a large parcel with multiple real estate records is
identified.




This could be a condominium complex, or a large commercial parcel with multiple real
estate interests. By clicking on the down arrow in the Identify box, any visible features
underneath are revealed in a list. By then clicking on any one of the visible features
found underneath that ID (in bold), in this case, parcel record RE000006277, the feature
attributes are revealed.




Note the ‘Add to Results’ at the bottom left of the last picture above, this will select that
parcel, and put it in the list of results for later use, download, printing, etc.

   Measure…Opens up a dialog window where the user can pick one of three
measurement tools, point coordinates, line distance, and area calculators. The user



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can then draw on the map (either a point, line segments, or a polygon), end the drawing
by double-clicking, and get the resulting value(s).




    Overview Map…Opens up locus map.




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FINDING AN ADDRESS AND PLACING A PIN TO VIEW LOCATION(S)
ON A MAP
Note that this method simply places a ‘pushpin’ at a location on the map, to zoom into
later on. This is handy for a general pin or incident map like “Potential sites for new
store’

Choosing “Locate Address”, ”Find E911 Address” or “Place Pin at Address” (all
the same tool) from the search options will allow you to search for any address, not just
valid parcel addresses. It accomplished this by searching the E911 address encoding
and not the parcel addresses. It proportions along the street where an address should
fall and puts a red push-pin on the map at that location (see the below picture). It works
similar to other address finders you may have used on the internet, like MapQuest or
Google Maps.




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                                           Once locating an address you will right click and
                                           pick the “Zoom To” option. You may want to

                                           further zoom with the zoom in       tool to zoom
                                           into that location.

                                           This tool uses the same data submitted to the
                                           E911 call centers.




FINDING PARKS, CITY FACITLIES, PLACES
Click on the ‘Find Place’ on the menu, select the facility from the dropdown you wish to
draw a pin location, and hit ‘Go’. This will return a result in results pane and draw a pin
at the location. Simply ‘right click’ the name in the results, and zoom to it.




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HOW TO SEARCH FOR A PARCEL(s)



                                             In this example, the search by owner is
                                             explored. Other search tools function in a
                                             similar fashion.

                                             Click on “Find Parcel by Owner” and a text
                                             entry window will open where the user can
                                             enter a name, or even part of the name. A
                                             search of parcel owner data will be
                                             conducted and a list of search results will
                                             show up in the “Results” window pane,
                                             which is re-sizeable.

                                             Right-click on the search result you want
                                             and choose “zoom to” to make the map go
                                             to your parcel.




GETTING THE PARCEL DATA FROM YOUR RESULTS

                         When you think you’ve found your result you can hit the “+”
                         to the left of it and expand to see all the data associated with
                         your parcel (see left image).

                         If you want to bring your parcel up on the map you can right-
                         click your results in and choose “zoom to” from the menu.
                         The map will then zoom in on your




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FINDING A PARCEL WHEN YOU KNOW THE ADDRESS OF THE PARCEL

Choose “by Address” from the links if you want to search by address. If you aren’t
sure of the street number you can just enter the street name and return a list of all
parcels on that street, which you can then scroll through to find the appropriate parcel.
It is recommended to omit the street suffix (ST,RD,AV, etc) as may make the search
function
improperly.




If you do know the full address of the parcel, you can enter that as well and get just one
result. If you enter a street number that doesn’t exist on that street you will not get any
results, so sometimes it is easier to just enter the street name.




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FINDING A PARCEL WHEN YOU KNOW THE ASSESSING PARCEL ID NUMBER

                                                                   Choose “…by Parcel ID”
                                                                   from the links at the top.
                                                                   Parcel numbers are at the
                                                                   very least three digits, and
                                                                   dash, and then three more
                                                                   digits, for example 241-031.
                                                                   However, there can also be
                                                                   three or four sets of three-
                                                                   digit numbers separated by
                                                                   dashes for some parcels.
                                                                   The user can always enter
                                                                   as many as they know.

                                                                   The fourth triplet of
                                                                   numbers is used for




Right-clicking with your mouse on a result obtained in the Results pane will bring up a
sub-menu with options to “Zoom to” the parcel, “Pan to” the parcel, or “Remove” the
result from the list. The top of the Results pane will have a “Clear All” button that will
remove all search results from the Results pane should you want to clean up and start
over.




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ONCE AT YOUR SELECTED PARCEL




When you are zoomed into a parcel you have searched for, it will be highlighted in blue
(or red if you pass your mouse cursor over it). When your mouse is over it you can also
click on the pop-up label to bring up the full data table for the parcel, as shown in the
picture above.


The Identify tool       can also accomplish the same thing, except it can identify and
bring up data on anything in the map, not just parcels. For example, if you identified a
sewer line running over a parcel, it would return a pop-up window with the sewer line
data and the parcel data, as well as anything else under the point you clicked. A small
arrow at the top of the pop-up box will let you switch between data tables.




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SELECTION AND ABUTTER TOOLS


-SELECT BY LINE

First get to your subject area by zooming or other locate methods. Then find this
function under ‘Other Services or “Selection Tasks” menu.




                                            This dialog will pop open. Pick the ‘draw line

                                            feature button’

                                            Draw the line through the parcels you want
                                            capture data for, then double-click to end the
                                            line.

                                            Finally, hit the submit button.




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Line is completed…




Features are selected…




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Click submit and the resulting records will show up in the Results pane…




Simply expand the results by hitting the ‘+’

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Then go to Printing and Data Download / Print Menu, and Select ‘Create Data
Download Page’




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Copy and paste the data into your spreadsheet for your use!




SELECT BY ABUTTER

First you must know the GIS-ID or Parcel ID of the parcel you want to get abutters from.
You can get this by doing a search for parcels. See that section if you are not sure
how to get that information.

So let say for example, you may need to do a mailing of abutters 500’ surrounding a
parcel to be developed. Go to the ‘Other Services’ or ‘Selection Tasks’ menu.




Once you hit ‘Submit’, the task will execute and process the request. It may take a few
moments. Then you can retrieve your data. See section below for details.




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PRINTING MAPS AND DATA DOWNLOADS
PRINT LAYOUT TO PDF OR OTHER FORMATS

The Layout Printing Task tool allows the user to make a professional looking map layout
including logos, define scale, disclaimer, ability to add titles and comments, etc. Export
                                     options include JPG (simple image) or PDF.

                                       First zoom to your subject area. Turn on any
                                       applicable layers.

                                       Then go to the Printing task menu and select
                                       ‘Print Layout to PDF’

                                       Next, decide and select which layout would be
                                       most appropriate.

                                       Optional: Type in your desired scale (see map
                                       scale tip below) or simply leave blank to use
                                       current view. Add any text, titles, comments, etc.



                                    Map Scale: the map scale expects a ‘cartographic
                                    scale’. It is really pretty simple. Since the map units
                                    are in feet, multiply the foot number of your desired
                                    map scale by 12. For example: 1 inch = 100 feet, so
                                    the resulting map scale is 1200. Do not enter in the
                                    form of a ratio, ie 1:1200.



                                    Common Engineering Scales, in the examples
                                    below the user would enter the number in bold.:

1”=20’ would be a Map Scale of 240        1”=50’ would be a Map Scale of 600

1”=40’ would be a Map Scale of 480        1”=100’ would be a Map Scale of 1200



Once layout is generated, it will appear in the ‘Results’ pane. Just click on it to
open and/or download.




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Below is an example of a letter size landscape format map.




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GET RESULTS DATA, AND BASIC PRINT TOOL:

Note: the basic print with a map will render a small map w/ the associated data.
Selecting the ‘no map’ option will render only data.




                  When you hit the “Print” button along the top of the Web Application (NOT
                  BROWSER PRINT) you should be presented with a small print dialog
                  window.

                  In this window you can rename your map to whatever you like and also
                  decide if you want a small, medium or large map generated. The map will
                  be centered on whatever is in your current map view. If you have a
                  parcel you found you also want to print the data for, all result in your
                  Result pane should show and be checkable. The records you check will
                  have their data added to the print page.




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The resulting map / output page looks something like
this:




or if you checked the box ‘Print results only no map’ you woud see something like this:




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When the print button has generated a print page, map or no map, you can print straight
from your browser print function, or you can copy and paste it into a Word or Excel
document. To do that, go up to the Edit menu in your browser and do a “Select All” to
select everything on the page and then hit “Copy”. Open up Excel and “Paste” it all in
an Excel worksheet. With some minor moving around and deleting of columns you
don’t want, you could get output like this:




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This option has the advantage of letting you place the data listings from multiple parcels
data in a table on one page, also best way to get data in a spreadsheet for mailing list or
what have you.




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FAQ’s, other questions or potential issues:

Q. Can I print a map to scale?

A. Yes. See PRINT LAYOUT TO PDF


Q. Can download a list of abutters for printing to a mail merge document?

A. Yes. See BASIC PRINT / GET DATA


Q. I try to print, but nothing seems to happen.

A. The print window is probably prevented from opening by a pop-up blocker. See the
note above.


Q. The web site is acting really weird; it is giving me ‘time-out’ errors, or it seems
unresponsive.

A. There is a limit to the amount of time a particular site can be left open and used, and
even less if it is left idle. Simply click on the Reset, Restart or Start Over link at the top
of the application (named differently on different sites. Also you may wish to try a
different browser if that does not fix the problem. Also see note at beginning of this
section.




Q. The address or street I enter comes up with no results.

A. It is possible that the street name may be spelled differently that you entered. Also,
the address may not exist as a parcel record. Say you entered 23 Pine St, but there is
no such address in the parcel data. The parcel you are looking for may actually be
carried as 25 Pine St, regardless of the number plate on the building. Try a different
address to get you closer, or use the ‘Locate Address’ which will search e911 address
data instead .




Q. Can I add my own graphics to print, say a line, or text directly on the map?

A. This is a function we hope to add in the future.


Q. I see help topics here which don’t appear in the web GIS application I am using.

A. Not all sites will have every tool. And some tools/functions may be added to specific
sites which may not be immediately reflected in this guide. 4

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Q. I am still having issues. Can I contact someone for help?

A. Please use the ‘Email us’ links at the top of the web application. We will do our best
to get back to you in a timely manner, and try to resolve the problem or answer your
questions.




                                      Revised 5/4/2010 jsw




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