Tools 

This page lists Top of the South Maps tools and gives brief instructions of how to use them.

For  known issues with the main application please see our issues section 

Quick links

Navigation Shortcuts  

You can use the following shortcuts while the pan tool is active

  • Zoom in - Shift + Left Click (drag)
  • Zoom out - Shift + Ctrl + Left Click (drag)
  • Pan to – Shift + Double Left Click
  • Zoom in a level – Double Left Click
  • Zoom out a level – Ctrl + Double Left Click

 

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Zoom 
zoom-slider-tool
  • Click on the + to Zoom in
  • Click the - to Zoom out
  • Alternatively, use the shortcut: Shift + Left Click (drag)

 

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Reset 
 
  • Click on the house button to reset map to the default extent

 

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My Location 
gpstool
  • On a Mobile Device with GPS turned on, Click this button to add a blue dot to your map, showing your location
  • Note:
    • if used on a desktop, the location defaults to a best guess location based on your IP address. This may be outside NZ if you're on a "cloud" based server, and may just show a grey screen.

 

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Info Tool 
Info tool
  • Click on a feature on the map to view information about the feature. Many features have links to other websites
  • If you click on a property, the results will default to Property Boundaries
    • Click the down arrow to choose other items

 

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Search 
Search tool
  • Enter an address or keyword in the search box
  • Select a feature from the list and the map will zoom to the selected item 
  • You can also search for place names, roads, rivers, reserves, places of interest, mountain bike tracks, walking tracks, National Parks and people interred in Council Cemeteries

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Change Basemap 

Basemap tool

  • Click on the above button to get selection of Basemaps (backgrounds) to choose from 
  • Click on an image to change the Basemap
  • The topography map shows at small scales, and zooming in will turn on the contours

 

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Add Layers 
Add Data tool
  • Click the above button to get a selection of more Layers that can be added to your map, including your own layers
  • Click ADD next to one of the layers to add it to the map
  • Click DETAILS to open a new page with more details about the layer
  • Click Type to limit the type of layer included in the list
  • Click Relevance to sort the layers in the list according to the categories
  • Click File to drag and drop a file, or browse to a variety of file types
    • A Shapefile (.zip, ZIP archive containing all shapefile files)
    • A CSV file (.csv, with address or latitude, longitude and comma, semi-colon or tab delimited)
    • A GPX file (.gpx, GPS Exchange Format)
    • A GeoJSON file (.geo.json or .geojson)
    • A maximum of 1000 features is allowed 

 

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Legend 
Legend Tool
  • Shows symbols used for each layer when it is visible on the map
    • Layer needs to be turned on
    • Layers are scale dependent

 

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Layer List 
LayerList tool
  • List of groups containing individual Layers that can be turned on and off, also includes legends
    • Tick or untick the box to turn default Layers in the group on or off
    • Additional Layers may be available, which are not automatically drawn on the map, such as dog exercise areas - these can be turned on.
  • Top level options
    • To turn all Layers on or off at the top level, hold down CTRL key, then click in the box.
    • Alternatively, use the dropdown for more options
  • Group level options
    • Click the triangle to expand a single group to see the individual Layers
  • To turn all Layers on or off within a group, hold down CTRL key, then click in the box.
  • Click the ellipses for more options
    • Zoom to – zooms to all Layers in the group
    • Transparency – change the transparency of the group
    • Move Up or Down – move the whole group up or down the list
    • Description – opens a new page describing what the group contains
  • Individual Layer option
    • Click triangle to see symbols
    • Click the ellipses for more options
      • Enable Pop-up – does not currently do anything
      • Description – opens a new page with more details about the layer

 

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Measure 
Measure tool
  • To measure Distance
    • Click on the Distance tool
    • Click a start and end point on the map to generate a line. You can click multiple times. Double click to finish drawing the line and calculate the length 
    • The length of the line will display on the map in metres and will also appear on your printed map
  • To measure an Area
    • Click on the Area tool
    • Click a start point and continue to click on the map to draw an area
    • Double click to finish drawing the area
    • The area will display on the map in metres squared, and will also appear on your printed map

 

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Print 
Print tool
  • Enable Popups on your browser
  • Fill in the map title
  • Select the Layout
    • A4 Landscape
    • A4 Portrait
    • A3 Landscape
    • A3 Portrait
  • Select output format - either PDF, JPG or PNG
  • Advanced options
  • Select the Quality
    • We recommend low quality as the high quality option takes longer to create
  • Choose a Map scale/extent option if you don’t want the default
  • Layout metadata
    • Author and Copyright do not display on the map
  • The legend is only available for PDFs
    • Untick the Include legend box if you don’t want to include a map legend on the PDF
  • Click on Print
    • A PDF, JPG or PNG will be created. Click on it to open the file, then print or save as required.

 

More Tools
More Tools
  • Click to show more tools: Results Panel, Share, Data Download, Coordinates, Google Streetview and Draw Tools.

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More Tools > Results panel 
Results panel
  • Shows results from the Info Tool, or Search results
  • If multiple items are selected on map, use dropdown arrow to select from list
  • If multiple items in one Layer are selected, click on Bold heading to get more detail
  • Click on Summary button to go back to list
  • Click on Magnifying Glass to zoom to item
  • Click on x to clear all results.

 

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More Tools > Share 
Share tool
  • Click appropriate icon to share site

 

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More Tools > Data Download 
Data Download tool

 

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More Tools > Coordinates 
Coordinates tool
  • Coordinates shows x and y locations on the map, in your chosen Projection/Coordinate System.
  • Click Identify and then click on the map to show labelled Coordinates in NZTM. You can also select the coordinates inside the text field and copy paste them to another program
  • Click Stop to Stop labelling the map
  • Use the dropdown arrow to select NZMG (New Zealand Map Grid) or Longitude/Latitude options.
  • To zoom to a specific location, type coordinates into the x and y boxes, then click Locate
    • Map will zoom to location, and label map with coordinates

 

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More Tools > Google Streetview 
Streetview tool

 

  • Enable Popups on your browser
  • Follow instructions in the panel
    • Drag the Google® Street View man onto the street you want to see a panorama for. You can also drag the street view man around on the map once he has been placed.
    • Note – the window showing Google® Street View may be behind your main window

 

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More Tools > Draw 
Draw tool
  • Select button for which type of thing you want to draw
    • Point
    • Line
    • Shape
  • Select options for
    • Colour
    • Style
    • Width
  • Click on map to add item
  • To edit it > Right click for options
  • For Text, select A
  • Type text in box, then click on the map to place it

 

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More Tools > Links 
Links tool
  • Click to show Help, Contact Us, Metadata, Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council links

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