So what are the differences between Item numbers, ID's, Labels, and
Annotations? All of them allow you to display certain information on each
parcel, but they each do it a little differently. Here's a summary:
Item number - Each parcel is assigned an item number automatically by
DeedMapper. Numbers are assigned in the order in which you add deeds,
starting with Item 1. Use the Display menu to show Item numbers. The Item
number is displayed in the center of the parcel.
ID's - Ideal when the parcel has a name ("Thompson's Folly"), a parcel
("Lot 5034-2"), or your own item number. Add a line beginning with ID in
the Text View, e.g.
ID Thompson's Folly
The ID value can be as long as you like, but shorter ones will look nicer.
Use the Display menu to show the ID's. They are displayed in the center of
Labels - Ever want to have something like the following in the center of
Grantee: Joseph Smith
PB4:304, 18 Oct 1678
Labels allow you create multi-line displays containing mixtures of your own
words and certain information from the Text View. Labels are displayed in
the center of each parcel.
The display of Labels is controlled by the Display menu. For information
on using labels, open the Display menu, put your mouse over the word Label
and then press the F1 key for Help. While intended to allow the display of
information from the Text View, they can actually contain any wording of
your own creation.
Annotations - You say there's a cemetery on the property and you'd like to
label it? An annotation
is free text that is always displayed on or near a parcel at a location of
your own choosing. Simply select a parcel by clicking on it, then press the
large T button on the toolbar to enter the text. Annotations can be clicked
on just like parcels in order to be dragged, edited, and deleted. There is
no way to shut off the display of annotations.
In summary, you have several ways to display custom information about your
parcels. The main factors are:
1. whether you can define what is displayed. (Item numbers no, all other
2. whether you can turn the display of the information on and off.
(Annotations no, all others yes)
3. whether you can precisely control the placement of the information.
(Annotations yes, all others no)
4. whether you can show multiple lines of information. (Labels yes, all