Viewing data layers
The Layers tool allows you to view data layers, a visualisation of information overlaid on to the map. Data layer information includes:
- Parcel Boundary: Use this layer to visualise boundary lines as well as other data about a property or land parcel, as an overlay on Nearmap imagery.
- Parcel ID: Use this layer to display the Parcel ID on the map.
- Nearmap Layers: Including Roads Overlay, Boundaries and AI Layers: Use this layer to display boundaries, a transparent road map and/or AI Layers if you have a valid subscription for AI over the Vertical imagery base layer.
Click the Layers tool to view the data layers that are available in your CAMA system as well as Nearmap data layers.Marking a parcel
Use the location marker to "flag" one or more locations on the map to help with site planning or to identify a location for a specific purpose. For example, a landscaper may add markers for different areas of a park that need new landscaping or an upgrade to the existing design.
Location markers added to the map are displayed every time you navigate to the location.
Adding a location marker
Add a location marker using one of these methods:
- The Marker tool
- Search for or right-click a location on the map, and select Add Marker from the context menu
You can drop a location marker in the base layer using these methods. In all base layers except 3D, when you drop a Marker, it's placed at the location where you click or in place of the location indicator. However, it is a bit different in 3D as explained below.
Location markers in 3D
When you drop a Marker while in the 3D base layer, a disk that follows the surface is displayed.
- A marker placed in the open will result in a flag raised to about 5m above the surface. This may be the ground, or any other open surface, such as a car park rooftop.
- A marker placed near an object like a building will result in the flag being raised above the height of that object, so that the flag is visible from multiple directions.
In all cases the elevation returned is the point on the surface that the user clicks (the 'marker').
Changing the location marker icon
You can change the default location marker to indicate a particular building, such as an airport or area such as a garden.
Click the Icon dropdown and select the required icon from the available options. You can also change the colour of the icon by selecting a colour from the palette displayed below the Icon dropdown.
Copying Location Details
To copy location details, right-click the marker on the map, and select Copy Location Info.
You can copy the following information for sharing with other users:
Capturing an image
- Location address
- Location coordinates
- Link for the location
With the Snapshot tool, you can capture the entire map view as an image, and share it quickly with others via email, or use the image in presentations. Provided your subscription includes the relevant Nearmap content, you can take a snapshot of:
Content: Vertical, Panorama, Oblique, AI and 3D
Roads and Terrain: Only available to AU customers
Data Layers: Roads Overlay, Boundaries and AI
You cannot snapshot the split view. You'll need to take a screenshot using tools on your computer or device.
Taking a snapshot
Click Snapshot, or use the corresponding keyboard shortcut. The image is saved locally to your computer as a PNG image.
Your snapshot includes the scale bar, located in the bottom left-hand corner of the image. This is handy for manually scaling your snapshot image, although it will always be an approximation. The scale bar is not available for 3D.Adding annotations
Use the Text tool to add text and symbols/emojis directly onto the map. The Text tool is available on all content except 3D.
Adding text to the map
Make sure you have your area of interest in view and the correct base layer selected.
Click the Text tool or press T on your keyboard.
Now click on the map and start typing into the box that appears. The text box sizes as appropriate to fit the text; there is no text wrapping on the text box. You can force a line break by pressing Enter or SHIFT Enter on your keyboard.
Inserting an emoji
Insert an emoji into a text box in one of the following ways:
Paste a copied emoji
Use a keyboard shortcut - Windows + . on a PC or Command + Ctrl + Space on a Mac.
Changing text attributes
Use the toolbar above the text box to change these attributes.
- To change the background colour, click Colour in the toolbar. The text colour will automatically change to display the best contrast based on the selected colour.
- Move the Brightness slider to left to reduce the brightness of the text box, or to the right to increase the brightness. The text colour will automatically change based on the brightness setting.
- Move the Opacity slider to make the text box more transparent, or to the right to increase the opacity. A value of 0 renders the text box transparent.
Moving the text box
Click the red dot and drag the text box to move it to a different position.Measuring Length
Draw a simple line
- Click the Line button.
- Click the start point of the line.
- Double-click to complete the line.
Draw a multi-path line
- Click the Line button.
- Click each vertex of each line segment.
- Double-click to complete the line.
Measuring Area and Perimeter/Circumference
Use the Rectangle, Polygon and Circle tools to measure the area and perimeter (circumference) of the enclosed shape you have drawn.
Drawing a rectangle
- Rotate the map such that you can align the rectangle correctly over the area you want to measure.
- Click the Rectangle button.
Click on the map to start drawing the area. This is the first vertex of the rectangle.
Drag the mouse to cover the required area.
Double-click to close out the area.
- To reset the map to North, click in the centre of the compass after you have drawn the rectangle.
To align a rectangle, you can rotate it using its vertices.
- Position the cursor near the vertex from which you want to rotate the rectangle. The cursor changes to an an arc with arrows.
- Click the left-mouse button and drag the rectangle to the angle you want.
- Release the mouse button to finish.
Drawing a polygon
- Click the Polygon button.
- Draw out the area by clicking each vertex of your area.
- Double-click the last vertex to close out the area.
Drawing a circle
Measuring height and width
- Click the Circle button.
- Click onto the map roughly where the centre of the circle is. You can move the circle later if you want to re-position it.
- Click onto the point so that you see a dotted box around it.
- Now drag out the circle until it is the size you want.
Use the Height and Width tools to measure the vertical height and width (assumed horizontal) of a structure from an oblique photo.
Drawing the height and width measurement
- Switch to the Oblique base layer.
- Click the Height or Width tool.
Zoom in as much as possible to the structure you want to measure and take your time for best results. Drawing when not zoomed in may result in a less accurate measurement.
For measuring height, start by selecting the ground point from which you are measuring. Measure to the top of the building or object. The height line will always draw at true vertical. It can't be used for angles other than 90 degrees to the ground.
- For measuring width, click the beginning of your measurement and then double-click the end of your measurement.
Once you are done, you can change to any view, and the height or width measurement will still be there.