GeoData Help

Please make help document suggestions, to aid us to make this a better search site over time. You can also ask questions / give helpful tips and / or make constructive comments that we can then in turn implement and share with our other online customers.

This is a good place to look for Answers / Help pages from GeoData or from other customers on how to best use our new Online Maps.

Search for key words like layout or tool and look at archived posts to see topics of interest. We have posted some basic help topics to get you started. These topics will be expanded, get refined and get added to over time.

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Increased Functionality! What’s New?

Last updated 12/5/2017

Search Box
New search capabilities let you search for Parcel Number and Addresses in the same box. The Search box also looks for a match in multiple layers so you can find what you are looking for even if it is not in the parcel data.

Draw on the Map
Tired of using markers and pens to draw on your maps? We now have tools that let you add shapes and text to your maps before you print!

Find Coordinates
Do you have GPS points you want to locate on a map? Use the Zoom to Point tool on the Find tab.

Do you want to know what the coordinates are for something on the map? Use the Coordinates tool to find out.

Switch Between Maps Without Starting Over
Did you start in one map but need to switch to another? Use the “View in a Different Map” tool to switch to a different map without having to relocate the area you are interested in.

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How to link to the new website with a parcel number from your website via a url link

URL link to Map

Example url link to parcel 46830001501:
http://map.co.thurston.wa.us/Html5Viewer/index.html?viewer=Parcels.Main&run=FindParcelsByIDs&pids=46830001501

URL link to Parcel Summary Page

Example url link to parcel 46830001501:
http://www.geodata.org/parcelinfo/details.ext.html?id=46830001501

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How To Make Layers Transparent

By default most of the layers are not transparent. If you display multiple layers one layer might hide the others. Additionally layers may hide the base map. You can adjust the transparency of the visible layers by moving the transparency slider. The transparency applies to all visible layers in that group.

  1. Locate the Layer List in the Left Panel.
  2. Find the Transparency Slider next to the layer group you wish to change.
  3. Slide the bar to the left to make the layers in that group transparent or to the right to the make them less transparent.
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How to Share a map with others

On the Home Tab of your Toolbar, in the Basic Tools Group, click on the Share Tool

This will in turn popup your media options screen:

For example if you chose to email this map, select the email icon and it will open your default email program with the URL link information populated in your email message:

When the recipient gets your email, they can click on the link in the email, and it will launch the map zoomed into the area of the map that you wanted to share with them.

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Identify features that are within or touch a rectangle

  1. Open the Identify tab in the Toolbar
  2. Click the Rectangle tool button
  3. Move to the location on the map where you want to start drawing a rectangle
  4. Click and hold at the location
  5. Move the mouse until the rectangle covers all the features you want to identify
    The features that touch the boundary of the rectangle as well as those features that are within the rectangle are identified
  6. The features crossed by the line will be highlighted, and the information is displayed in the Left Panel
  7. If you want to see more information, click on one of the results in the left panel
  8. Click on the Rectangle button to deactivate the tool or the x on the tool use description<
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How To Print Map

  1. Click on the Print button on the Home tab in the Toolbar panel.
  2. The Print Map window will open in the Left panel.
  3. Scroll down and enter Title, Author, Corrected Map Scale (rounded scale number) and Notes to the map.
  4. Lock print preview with map checked lets you pan the map and the print area stays the same, or unchecked you can move what part of the map you want printed.
  5. When ready select “Print”.
  6. Server generates the printed file and when ready you can open the file by clicking “Open File”.
  7. Once file is opened, print this file to your printer, like you would print any other file from within your browser.

(Optional) You can print the file with the optional higher resolution of 300 dpi, but this is a lot slower than the default 96 dpi option

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Identify features that are within or touch a polygon

  1. Open the Identify tab in the Toolbar
  2. Click the Polygon tool button
  3. Move the cursor to the location on the map where you want to start drawing a polygon
  4. Click and hold at the location
  5. Move to another location where you want to add a corner, and click again
  6. Continue drawing the polygon until it covers all the features you want to identify
    The features that touch the boundary of the polygon as well as those features that are within the polygon are identified
  7. Once you reach the last feature, double click to complete the polygon
  8. The features that are touched by or within the polygon will be highlighted, and the information is displayed in the Left Panel
  9. If you want to see more information, click on one of the results in the left panel
  10. Click on the Polygon button to deactive the tool or the x on the tool use description
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