Wow, that's an impressive sounding project you've got!
It sounds like you are trying to use the center lat/long values (on the
View>>Options>>Images tab) to set the location of the scanned image. It
turns out that information is only used for the lat/long tool, not for
positioning images. So, the way to move an image is to click on any of its
four corners until it lights up. You can then drag it like a giant parcel.
Click on a corner to deselect it after positioning it.
Another capability that will probably be useful to you is that you can
select multiple parcels and then move them all at once. Do this by holding
the Control key down while selecting parcels.
As a further refinement, the filter (View>>Filter) can be used to isolate
and display only those parcels containing a name such as a creek name. You
can then use Edit>>Select All or the above described method to select
parcels for dragging to a new location.
Topozone maps seem to be rotated by some amount depending on where you are
within a one degree block of longitude. DeedMapper does not have the
ability to rotate imported images. It always assumes the graphic is
oriented due north. Topozone has customization services they offer, so
perhaps they could provide an unrotated image for you. There are also some
graphic tools out there that can rotate images, but figuring the correction
can be tricky. One way is to go to Topozone and search near your region for
a horizontal or vertical boundary between two paper topos. You'll be able
to see and measure the rotation from true north-south. Given a correction
estimate you can either rotate the image or rotate all of your parcels. You
can rotate all parcels by using an Include Item as the first item in your
deed file. See the Help for more information. Each parcel is rotated
independently, so if you have a group of interconnected parcels, touch up of
each parcel will be required after rotation.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Pettit" <cpettit(a)telis.net>
Sent: Saturday, December 03, 2005 1:43 AM
Subject: [DMU] Project Center/Changing Map Image and Plat position
I have a database with some 800 plats, I started with several
creeks and also some deeds along the rivers that the creeks are between...
two months ago I found another ancestor lived in a section of this project
that was avoided - so I have been adding plats that are now making a
connection from one river to another with all the watersheds in between.
I made an image file from Topozone and added it to the project for the
first time but this was after the plats had been added- I have been trying
to reset the project center of some of the anchor point plats at stream
mouths so they are are in the right spots. Everytime I move the center
point - there is no change in the placement of the plats relative to the
I expect to make some changes in all the plats positions - but the way it
is I would be doing major moving of plats to get them out of the way and
back into position - that's major surgery not cosmetic!!
Is there a way to change the center so all the maps shift on teh map
image - or some way to establish the correct position of the map image.
I am hoping to reposition only the latest plat addition of the new stream
and not the other seven streams as wel.l
Also any advice on dealing with declination issues using a Topozone map
image and eighteenth and early nineteenth century survey measurements
would be appreciated for Appalachian Region.
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