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Sketch Tools help (Maps)

Introduction

LDS Maps users who are authorized to use Sketch Tools and who sign in can create, view, change, and print a sketch that contains a variety graphic elements, labels, markers, files, and links that can be made visible or hidden.

Sketch Tools is a group of tools that allow authorized users to make specialized maps, called sketches, that include overlays, reports, graphic elements, links, and other information. The information and graphics can be specified for Church units, administrative units, or other geographic areas.

Specialized map layers, such as geographic, weather, or local hazard maps, can be imported and placed on LDS Maps layers.

A collection of elements that may be common to a sketch can be saved as a Composition. Variations of those compositions can be added to a sketch to create several versions of the same sketch.

Authorized users

Authorized users include:

  • Selected Member and Statistical Records Division corporate employees
  • Global Services Center Geographic Information System (GSC) employees
  • Selected Meetinghouse Facilities Department (MFD) users

These users are identified by and are given rights to use Sketch Tools by LDS Maps administrators at Church headquarters.

When an authorized user is logged into LDS Maps, the Sketch Tool icon will appear on the Navigation Controls.

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Sketch tools functions

Sketch tools includes the following tools and functions:

Sketch tools main menu


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Create a sketch

To create a sketch:

  1. Click the Saved Sketches tab on the Sketches main menu.
  2. Click the Save button and a Sketch Details box will open.
  3. Click on the name of the sketch (Sketch Tools assigns the name Untitled Sketch as a name) and type the name.
  4. A Sketch Details box will open when you save a sketch. The four tabs allow you to:
  • Define who can see or edit the sketch, and notify them of those rights by email.
  • Add comments.
  • See what layers are included in the sketch.
  • Add reports to the sketch. With the Sharing Tab opened, you can add rights to share you sketch with others You will be listed as the owner. Enter the name of the person to add, select what rights you want them to have, and click the Add button. Click the Notify via e-mail check box to notify the person that they have some rights to your sketch.
  1. Click the Comments tab and add comments, if needed.
  2. Click the Layers tab to see what layers are included on the map.
  3. If reports about the sketch are available, you can add them by clicking the Add Report link at the bottom of the Sketch Tools window.
  4. Close the window when you have added all the information you want.

Add elements to a sketch

You can add a variety of elements to a sketch. They include:

  • Boundaries
  • Labels
  • Label templates
  • Lines
  • Markers
  • Polygons
  • Rectangles
  • Custom boundaries

Add custom boundaries to a sketch

To add boundaries to a sketch:

  1. Navigate to the place on LDS Maps where you want the boundaries or click the Saved Sketches icon to open a saved sketch.
  2. Select the map types and map layers you want on the sketch.
  3. Click the Polygon tool icon.
  4. Click the first point where you want to start the new boundary.
  5. Continue to click the different points to create the boundary.
  6. To end the boundary, double click the mouse and all the points of the boundary will appear.
  7. Adjust the boundaries as necessary by clicking on a point on a boundary and moving it as needed.
  8. Click the Save button in the Saved Sketches window and the sketch will be saved. (See Create a sketch for the steps to create a new sketch.

Add a label to a sketch

A label is a text field that can be added to a sketch. Several types of labels templates are available. You can control the look of a label by selecting the text options available. You can also add a color background, border color and size, numbered and bulleted lists, tables, and links.

To add a label:

  1. Click the Label icon on the Sketch Tools menu.
  2. Select the font, font size, font color, font style, label fill color, border color and size, text options, and shape.
  3. When all the label styles have been made, click the correct location on the sketch hold the mouse button down. Drag the mouse to make the label the correct size.
  4. To add text to the label, click inside the label box and begin typing. When all the text has been entered, click outside the box to view the result.
  5. To move the label, click any of the white button dots on the label and drag it to the new location.

Add a line to a sketch

To draw a line:

  1. Click the Line icon on the Sketch Tools main menu.
  2. Move the cursor to the appropriate starting point on the sketch.
  3. Click once to begin drawing the line.
  4. Move the cursor to the next spot and click the mouse again and an anchor point will be added to the line.
  5. Continue moving the cursor and clicking on the sketch until you have finished the line.
  6. Click to mouse twice to finish the line.
  7. To change any portion of the line, click on an anchor point and move the mouse to move portion of the line. Continue to make the changes needed by clicking on the anchor points.
  8. When you have completed the line, click the mouse anywhere outside the polygon and the anchor points will disappear.

Note: You can select the characteristics of the line before or after you have drawn it on the maps sketch. The following characteristics can be selected:

  • Line color.
  • Line thickness.
  • Layering of the line in relation to other graphic images (placing the line on top of other images or behind them).

As you draw the line, Sketch Tools computes the length of the line.

Add a marker to a sketch

To add a marker to a sketch:

  1. Click the Marker icon on the Sketch Tools menu.
  2. Click the drop down arrow to the right of the Miscellaneous box and select the type of markers you want. The markers will appear in the box below.
  3. Click the marker you want to add to the sketch.
  4. Use the slider bar to make the marker the size you want.
  5. If the marker can include a character (alphabetic letter or character on your keyboard), type the character or letter in the character box.
  6. Move the cursor to the correct location on the sketch and click the mouse.
  7. To move the marker, click the marker and drag it to the correct location.
  8. To delete the marker, click it to highlight it, then press the delete key.

Add a polygon to a sketch

To add a polygon to a sketch:

  1. Navigate to the place on LDS Maps where you want the boundaries or click the Saved Sketches icon to open a saved sketch.
  2. Select the map types and map layers you want on the sketch.
  3. Click the Polygon tool icon.
  4. Click the first point where you want to start the polygon.
  5. Move the mouse to another spot on the sketch and click to create a point.
  6. Continue to move the mouse and click spots on the sketch.
  7. To end the boundary, double click the mouse and all the points of the polygon will appear.
  8. Adjust the polygon as necessary by clicking on a point and moving it as needed.
  9. Click the Save button in the Saved Sketches window and the sketch will be saved. (See Create a sketch for the steps to create a new sketch.

Add a rectangle to a sketch

To draw a rectangle on a sketch:

  1. Click the Rectangle icon on the Sketch Tools main menu.
  2. Move the cursor to the appropriate starting point on the sketch.
  3. Click once to begin drawing the rectangle.
  4. Move the cursor and the rectangle will draw on the map.
  5. To change the size or location rectangle, click on one of the anchor points and move the cursor until rectangle is the right size and in the right location.
  6. When you have finished drawing and placing the rectangle, click the mouse anywhere on the sketch and the anchor points will disappear.

Note: You can select the characteristics of the rectangle before or after you have drawn it on the sketch. The following characteristics can be selected:

  • Line color.
  • Line thickness.
  • Fill color and opacity of the fill color.
  • Layering of the rectangle in relation to one or more other graphic images (placing the circle on top of other images or behind them).

To delete a rectangle, click the Selection icon on the main Sketch Tools menu, click on the circle and press the Delete key.

Edit sketch details

To edit sketch details:

  1. Click the Saved Sketches icon on the Sketch Tools main menu.
  2. Click the sketch that is to be edited.
  3. Click the Edit Sketch icon (looks like a pencil) next to the sketch name and the sketch details box will open.
  4. Click the Sharing, Comments, Layers, or Reports links at the top of the screen to view the details.
  5. Make the appropriate changes.
  6. Close the Sketch Details box.
  7. Click Save to save the changes.

Assign rights to own, edit, and view a sketch

To give rights to a person to be an owner, edit, or view a sketch:

  1. Click the 'Saved Sketches icon on the Sketch Tools main menu.
  2. Click the name of the sketch.
  3. Click the Sharing tab.
  4. Enter the name or email address for the person to be added in the Add People box.
  5. Click the up/down arrow in the box next to the Add People box and click on either Can Edit or Can View.
  6. Click the Add button.
  7. Click the checkbox next to Notify via e-mail to send an email to notify the person of the rights that have been given to them.

Change boundaries to create custom boundaries

  1. Navigate to the place on LDS Maps where you want to change the boundaries or click the Saved Sketches icon to open a saved sketch.
  2. Select the map types and map layers you want on the sketch.
  3. Click the Polygon tool icon.
  4. Click the first point on an existing boundary, then click on the different points of the existing boundaries.
  5. To end the boundary, double click the mouse and all the points of the boundary will appear.
  6. Adjust the boundaries as necessary by clicking on a point on a boundary and moving it as needed.
  7. Click the Save button in the Saved Sketches window and the sketch will be saved. (See Create a sketch for the steps to create a new sketch.
  8. Change the boundaries as needed and save the sketch with a different name.
  9. Add notes, documents, or other information as needed (see Labels or Label templates to add labels with attached documents or information.


Create a Composition

A composition is a group of graphic elements and labels that can be made visible or hidden on a map. You may have multiple compositions in one sketch that could be viewed individually or all at the same time. A variety of compositions could be created and then added to a sketch to make variations of the same sketch.

To create a composition:

  1. Click the Selection icon on the Sketch Tools menu.
  2. Click New and a new composition will be added. The name will be Composition with a number.
  3. Roll the mouse over the name of the new composition and click the pencil icon to highlight the name.
  4. Type the name you want for the composition, then press the Enter or Return key.
  5. Add elements you want on the composition, such as lines, borders, circles, labels, custom labels, or markers.

Create a label template

Label templates allow you to create a label that can be added to different sketches and include common types of information on the template.

Label templates are associated with LDS Maps layers. One or more layers must be activated before you can create a label template.

You can customize the label template with the following:

  • Label size, fill color, and border size and color.
  • Formatted text.
  • Add links.
  • Add meta data that will appear in the template. LDS Maps will interpret what meta data is available for the map being viewed and add that to the label template.
For example, if you are creating a map and want to include the property number, the address, and unit assigned to that area, you can add meta data for that identifying information. When meta data is added to a label template, LDS Maps interprets the meta data for the location. That label template can then be added to another sketch for a different area and the information for that map area will automatically be added as text

To create a label template:

  1. Click the Label Templates icon on the Sketch Tools menu.

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  2. Click the New link to open the Edit Label Template box.

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  3. Type the template name in the Template Name box.
  4. Click the down arrow next to the layers selection box and select the layers to which the label will apply.
  5. Enter the necessary information in the Insert meta data fields.
  6. Select the layers to which the label will apply by clicking down arrow next to the active Layers list box and select a layer.
  7. Click Save to save the template.

Delete a sketch

To delete a sketch:

  1. Click the Saved Sketches link on the Sketch Tools main menu and a list of sketches will appear. If all sketches do not appear, click the
  2. Roll the mouse over the name of the sketch to be deleted and click the X.
  3. Click the Delete Sketch button that appears and the sketch will be deleted.

Download a sketch

You can download a copy of a sketch to your workstation.

To download a sketch:

  1. Click the Saved Sketches on the Sketch Tools menu.
  2. Click the name of the sketch to be downloaded.
  3. Click the Download link and the sketch will be downloaded to your downloads folder.

Note: The download format will be a .skz file which must be opened with Sketch Tools.

Import

To import an element, document, or file for use with a sketch:

  1. Click the Import menu selection.
  2. Drag the file to the box with the dotted line around it or click the Select a File to Upload link and navigate to the file.

The file will added to your designated Upload folder and will be available on your workstation to include in a sketch.

Glossary

Composition

A composition is a group of elements bundled together that can be added to a sketch. This is like having a layer on a map. The advantage with a composition is that several compositions can be created and then added to a sketch. Several compositions can be added to a single sketch and then each of those compositions can be can be made visible or invisible on the sketch.

Circles

You can draw circles on a sketch. When drawn, Sketch Tools computes the radius, diameter, area, and length of the permiter.

Custom Values

Sketch tools includes custom values tools for labels, circles, squares, polygons, and lines. Those tools may include line color, line thickness, and fill color. Custom text values may also be selected for labels. These values are similar to values available in many word processing programs.

Elements

Elements are any type of file you want to associate with a sketch map. Elements can include:

  • Graphics
  • Text files
  • Speadsheet documents
  • Links to documents

Filters

Under Construction

Filters are associated with Label Templates.

Import menu selection

The Import menu selection allows you to import any type of file into Sketch tools. You can then add the file, image, report, etc. to a sketch as needed.

Labels

Labels are boxes to which text can be added and formatted. The look of a label can also be customized with border color, fill color, and text elements. Links to elements, files, or url's can be added to text in the label box.

Label templates

Label templates are associated with layers. These templates allow you to customize a label for a specific type of layer, such as ward boundaries layer, or facilities layers. These custom labels can then be associated with the layer by clicking on the inside a boundary to apply it to a boundary, clicking the border selection and drawing a box around the facilities or boundaries, or clicking the current view icon to apply the label to the current view. Label templates can also be duplicated and then customized. This can be helpful if you are creating a variety of boundaries with some common elements and you don't want to create a new label for each boundary type.

Line

The line tool allows you to draw a line on a sketch. You can also customize the line size and color. As you draw a circle, Sketch Tools computes the radius, diameter, area, and perimeter of the circle.

Map

A map in LDS Maps is just a map image that organizations or companies have contracted with the Church or have given permission to the Church to use. Layers that include facilities, boundaries, demographics, or other imported elements can be added on top of a map. With Sketch tools, custom boundaries and other elements can also be added to a map image.

Markers

Markers are icons you can add to a sketch or composition. Sketch Tools come with common markers. You can import custom markers you or others have created by using the Import

Polygon

You can draw a polygons on a sketch which have as many sides as needed to enclose an area. You can customize the line color and size, and the fill color. As you draw a polygon, Sketch Tools determines and displays the width, height and perimeter length.

Sketch

A sketch is a customized map to which a variety of elements can be added. Those elements can be markers, labels, documents, filters, reports and graphics. When a sketch is saved, the base map along with all the elements are saved together.


Sketch details box

The sketch details box contains the following details about a sketch:

  • Sharing. Sharing defines who owns a sketch, who can view it, and allows the sketch owner(s) to add people and their roles to a sketch.
  • Comments. When Comments is clicked, all comments can be viewed and comments can be added.
  • Layers. When Layers is clicked, a list of the layers that are in the sketch are listed.
  • Reports. When Reports is clicked, a list of reports associated with the sketch appears.

Rectangle

You can draw a four-sided rectangles on a sketch. When drawn, Sketch Tools computes the width, height, area, and length of the perimeter.

When you draw a rectangle, you can select a fill color and border color and border thickness. As you draw the rectangle, Sketch Tools computes the width, height, area, and perimeter of the rectangle. You can also select the either metric or feet as the measure.

Reports

A report is any kind of informational document that can be attached to a sketch. Reports can be added to the sketch by clicking the Report details link when a sketch is highlighted.

This page was last modified on 25 April 2013, at 15:55.

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