Polygon shape tools

Draw, edit, and more with polygon shape tools

If you're subscribed to Custom Polygons, turning on the Polygons feature will enable a Polygons Toolbar which has many options you can use to customize shapes.

Using the Polygons Toolbar

To use most of the actions on the toolbar, you'll need to first select a shape or shapes. 

It's good to know the difference between visualizing a shape and selecting it.

Visualized - The shape is visible on the map with a border and a light fill. In the panel, there's an eye icon that is white. You can toggle the visibility of the shape by clicking the eye icon in that shape's row.

Selected - The shape is visualized on the map but the fill is heavier. In the panel, there's a checkbox which is checked. You can toggle the selected state by either clicking the shape on the map or the checkbox in that shape's row.

In the above example, Drawn Shape 2 is selected.

Drawn Shape 3 is only visualized.

You can see that the Analyze, Color, Move, Copy, and Delete actions on the toolbar are enabled because Drawn Shape 2 is selected. Any one of these actions will apply to Drawn Shape 2.

Draw tools

The toolbar's left section is for working with drawn shapes. The toolbar isn't expanded by default. You can press Draw Tools to toggle the draw tools section open or closed.


Draw a polygon

  1. Expand the Draw tools section of the Polygons toolbar by pressing the Draw tools action.
  2. Press Draw a Polygon.
  3. Start drawing on the map and once your shape completes, it will save the shape to your currently open My Set, or Uncategorized.
  4. A Save popup will appear letting you know you can rename it or save it elsewhere. This is an optional step. If you cancel, the shape will still be saved in either your open set, or the Uncategorized set.

Draw a circle

  1. Expand the Draw tools section of the Polygons toolbar by pressing the Draw tools action.
  2. Press Draw a Circle.
  3. On the map, press once to place the radius, then drag outwards and click again to finish the circle.

Edit a shape

You can edit the bounds of your polygon shape or circle.

  1. Expand the Draw tools section of the Polygons toolbar by pressing the Draw tools action.
  2. Select a shape from My Sets to edit. You can't edit Standard shapes, but you can make a copy first.
  3. Press Edit a shape on the toolbar, and now you can begin to move points on a polygon shape, or adjust the radius of a circle.
  4. When you're done editing, press Save on the toolbar.

Removing points on a shape

While in edit mode, you can also remove points to simplify your shape. Simply right-click the points to remove them.

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Cut a shape

  1. Expand the Draw tools section of the Polygons toolbar by pressing the Draw tools action.
  2. Select a polygon from My Sets to cut. 
  3. Press the scissors Cut a shape action on the toolbar.
  4. Now you can draw a shape inside your selected shape in order to cut a piece out of it.
  5. Cutting a shape will save automatically.

Merge shapes

Merge polygons by selecting multiple shapes, and pressing Merge in the toolbar. A new shape will be formed. You can go on to do additional actions on the new shape.

Note: You can't merge circles at this time.

Measure

By pressing Measure in the Polygons Toolbar, you'll see the real-time measurements between two points as you draw shapes. This works with Draw a polygon, and Draw a circle

  1. Expand the Draw tools section of the Polygons toolbar by pressing the Draw tools action.
  2. Press Measure.
  3. A box will show with the measurements of the shapes you draw.
  4. Press Measure again to turn it off.

Other actions

Analyze

See Analyze feature

Color

Color shapes or sets so they're easier to differentiate on the map.

  1. With one or more shapes from My Sets selected, press Color on the Polygons Toolbar.
  2. You can choose between several colors to change your shapes to.  If you select a set, it will assign a color to all the shapes in the set so that any new polygons you draw or import will inherit that color.

Notes

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Assign

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Share

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Move

Move one or more shapes from one set to another.

  1. Select one or more shapes from My Sets
  2. From the polygons toolbar, press Move or Copy
  3. A popup appears letting you choose between a move or copy
  4. Choose the Move radio button.
  5. You can rename the shape in this step if there's only one shape selected.
  6. Choose the destination set for the shape.
  7. Press Move.
  8. The new shape will be moved to the set you chose as long as the name of the shape is unique. If it's not, it will ask you to rename it before you can try to move it again.

Copy

Copy shape(s) into another set, or copy a whole set. You can also copy Standard Sets or shapes to be able to edit or share them.

  1. Select one or more shapes from Standard Sets or My Sets.
  2. From the polygons toolbar, press Move or Copy
  3. A popup appears letting you choose between a move or copy
  4. Choose the Copy radio button.
  5. You can rename the shape in this step if there's only one shape selected.
  6. Choose the destination set for the shape.
  7. If you've selected all the shapes in the set, there's a choice to either copy all the shapes or the whole set.
  8. Press Copy.
  9. The new shapes will be moved to the set you chose, or if you copied a whole set, you'll see the set at the top of My Sets.

Save

Save a shape you've recently edited to make sure the changes are updated.

You can access the Save feature in two ways:

  1. After drawing a shape, the Save popup will appear asking if you'd like to name it or save it somewhere besides the default location.
    1. If you cancel it, it will save in your currently open My Set or Uncategorized set.
  2. Pressing the Save button on the toolbar - If you have just edited a shape, you have the option to Save which will save the current changes to your shape as it is, or you can Save As if you want to also rename or save the shape elsewhere.

Delete

Delete a shape, shapes, or a set.

  1. Select a shape, shapes, or a set.
  2. From the polygons toolbar, press Delete.
  3. You can delete any set inside My Sets except Uncategorized.
  4. Press Delete.
  5. The shape(s) or set will be removed.