Users of the Silverlight (Desktop) map viewer now have the ability to snap their measuring and drawing tools to features, points, intersections, and more. Snapping allows users to start and end map operations at exact locations, meaning faster measurements, better drawings, and less guesswork. To try this out yourself, open your Silverlight (Desktop) GIS application and find the Measurement Tools under the Analysis tab or the Create tools under the Draw & Print tab. Snapping will be in effect as long as the “Ctrl” button on your keyboard is held.
Below, I used snapping to show the distance between two hydrants. To recreate this, turn on a layer which you would like to measure. While holding the “Ctrl” button, hover over a feature (or corner, intersection, point, etc.) and you should see a cross-hair appear directly over a nearby feature (shown on the right hydrant below). This cross-hair is showing where measurement will start from when you click. Click to start measuring. Then hold “Ctrl” again and click on a second point. The cross-hairs should help guide you again, and you can double-click to finalize the measurement.
If you have any questions about how to use the snapping feature, please give us a call and we will walk you through it’s use.