Using the Pen Tool


To draw a smooth curved line:


Select the Pen/Curve Tool from the top menu bar


Select the Line Color Picker to choose the line color, shade, and opacity.

Note: 0% opacity is totally transparent, so the line will be invisible. 50% is see-through. 100% opacity is the solid color.


To the right of the Line Color PIcker, click on the up/down arrows to choose the line thickness. You can also type-in the number.


To the right of the line thickness selector, click on the current line style. You will see the drop-down menu where you can choose the new line style.


To the right of the line style selector, click on the current cap style for the end-points of the line. You can change the cap style to either round or square.


Click on the first-point of the line, but don’t drag. Then click on the second-point of the line. You will see the line has a slight curve.


Click and drag a handle in the direction the curve is going to make the curve of the line bigger.


Click and drag a handle in a left or right circular motion to change the direction of the curve.


Click on another location to add a third-point to the line.


If you try to click and drag to move one of the points, you might accidentally create a new point instead. To prevent any new points from being created accidentally, you can check the box in the left-side pop-up that’s labelled: Lock Point Add.


When you are ready to save the smooth curved line, click on the button in the left-side pop-up that’s labelled: Complete Curve.


You will see that the overlay has been added to the Layers Panel.

 

 

To snap and merge two lines:

Draw two lines. For example: straight lines.


Click and drag an end-point of a first line towards an end-point of a second line.


When the two lines meet, a black circle will appear. The black circle notifies you that the two lines will snap together at the exact end-point of the second line.


When the pop-up appears, click “Yes” to merge the lines.


 

 To fill the interior of merge lines:

 

Snap and merge two lines.


Select the Fill/Change Color Tool.


Hover over the interior of the merged lines, and click.


The interior will be filled, and a new line will be drawn automatically to close the shape.


 

 

To change the color of a line:


Click on the Color Picker to select the new color.


Select the Fill/Change Color Tool, then click anywhere on the line.


 

 

To move a point on a smooth curved line:

 

Select the Edit/Measure Tool.


On the left-side pop-up, select “Points.


Hover over the point that you want to move. A blue highlight will appear.


Click and drag the point to the new location.


 

 

To add and move a section within a smooth curved line:

 

Select the Edit/Measure Tool.


On the left-side pop-up, select “Points.


Click on the “+” midpoint vertex on a segment.


Two new vertices will be added. One new vertex will be on each side of the midpoint vertex.


Click and drag on one of the new vertices.


Click and drag on one of the two handles. Dragging one handle will move one side of the curve. Dragging on the other handle will move the other side of the curve.


 

To delete an added section of a smooth curved line:

 

Select the Delete Tool.


Hover over the vertex that you want to erase, and wait until the blue highlight appears.


Click on the blue highlight.


 

 To rotate a line, scribble, smooth curved line, or flight line:

Select the Edit/Measure Tool.


On the left-side pop-up, select “Length and °”.


Hover over the line, and click on the [name] symbol that’s in the middle of the line.


On the pop-up, click on one of the locks to choose which end-point you want to remain in place.


TOOLTIP

A line’s bearing is measured by starting at True North (O°), then rotating clockwise around the locked end-point.



Type-in the new bearing, then click “Save”.



To change the thickness of a line:


Draw a line. For this example, we’ll start with a line that’s thickness is: 2.


In the top menu bar, click on the up/down arrows for the number field that has the tooltip: “Changes the line/border thickness”. For this example, we’ll choose the new line thickness to be: 8.


Select the Fill/Change Color Tool.


In the Map View, click on the line.


You will see that the line now has the thickness that you chose.




To change the style of a line:


Draw a line. For this example, a plain line that has no arrowheads.


In the top menu bar, click on the field that has the tooltip: “Change line/border style”.


For this example, we’ll choose the new line style to be: plain with an arrowhead on both sides.


Select the Fill/Change Color Tool.


In the Map View, click on the line.


You will see that the line now has the style that you chose.




To change the end cap style of a line:



Draw a line. For example: a straight line. The line will have the end cap style that’s currently selected by default.


In the top menu bar, click on the small button that has either a Square or Top-Rounded Icon. The button:

  • Is to the right of the selector for the Line/Border Style.

  • Has the tooltip - “Sets the cap on lines to square or round”.


After you click the button, you will see the button change to the end cap style that’s now selected.


Select the Fill/Change Color Tool.


In the Map View, click on the line.


You will see that the end caps have changed to the style you chose.




To make a line be a clickable link:


In the Layers Panel, click on the Pencil Icon for the line.


In the editor window, copy and paste the web page address into the Clickable Link field.


Select if you want the web page to:

  • Load in a “New Window” tab in the browser.

OR

  • Replace the map that’s in the “Same Window” tab.

Note: If you select “Same Window”, the user’s unsaved map data may be lost when transferring from the map to the web page.


Click on the “Save” button.


To test the link, select the Hand Tool. Then click on the line.


If you selected “New Window”, the web page will load in a new tab.



Or if you selected “Same Window”, the web page will warn you about losing unsaved data. After you have saved your map, click “Leave”.


In the window tab, the web page will replace the map.




To delete a section of a line, scribble, or smooth curved line:


Select the Split Line Tool.


Hover over the location for the first split, and click.


Hover over the location of the second split, and click.


Select the Delete Tool.


Click on the section that you want to remove.


There will now be two separate lines.



To delete an entire smooth curved line:



Select the Delete Tool.


Click anywhere on the smooth curved line.

 

 

 


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