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Quick Start Guide: Vision

Learn the basics to get started with Vision.

In this article you will learn how to:

Search by address, lat/long or parcel size

When you want to start looking for a new project in Vision, there are several tools available to help you narrow down your search: the address search bar, the latitude/longitude search bar, and the parcel size filter.

Search by address

To search by address, type in your address to the white search bar in the top right corner of Vision. 

Search by latitude/longitude

To search by latitude/longitude, click on the signpost icon to the right of the address search bar to toggle on the latitude/longitude search bar. Type or copy/paste the latitude into the lefthand box, and the longitude into the right hand box. Don't forget to add the (-) in front of the longitude! Press 'Go' once you are done entering your coordinates to zoom to the location.

Search by parcel size

  1. Pan to an area on the map or use the search bars to find a region where you searching for parcel sizes.
  2. Turn on the parcel data layer (parcels only show up on the map if you are zoomed in to a certain scale, so keep zooming in until they appear)
  3. Click the paint palette icon on the parcel data layer name to expose the parcel size selection tool
  4. Type your desired minimum and maximum parcel sizes into the left and right boxes, respectively,
  5. Transect will filter the parcels accordingly in real time.

Click here to learn more about parcel data.

Create a Project

A project is a polygon or line, or a collection of polygons or lines, that delineates on the map an area of land that is of interest to you. You might create a very large, generalized project to denote your broad search area, or you might create a smaller, specific boundary representing a potential development site, or you might create a project for an area you want to avoid. You can create as many projects as you want in Vision, for any reason you want.

Once you have found an area or parcel you are interested in delineating, you can create a project in one of the following ways:

  1. Use the freehand drawing tool
  2. Use 'Add Parcels to Project' 
  3. Upload your own file in a KML or KMZ format

Use the Freehand Drawing Tool to Create a Project

Use this method if you want to freehand draw a project on the map.

The freehand drawing tool can be turned on by clicking on the Polygon button on the map toolbar.

To create a drawing, click anywhere on the map to begin drawing. Each time you click, a vertex will be created. When you are done drawing, double click where you want place the final vertex, then click away from drawing. The drawing will turn from orange to blue and can no longer be edited.

To edit an existing drawing, double click on the drawing so it turns orange and shows all of its vertices. Change the shape of the drawing by dragging the vertices. Click away from the drawing when you are done with your edits (the drawing will turn blue). 

To delete an existing drawing, click on it to edit (the drawing will turn orange), then click on the Trashcan icon just below the Polygon button to delete it, or use the delete button on your keyboard. Deleting a drawing cannot be undone.

The resulting drawing will be added a project at the top of the Projects tab.

Use Parcels to Create a Project

You can use the parcel layer in Transect to create a project out of one or more parcel boundaries.

  1. Navigate to the Layers tab in Vision, and turn on the parcel layer.
  2. Zoom in to the map until the parcels are visible.
  3. With your cursor, click on the parcel you want to use to create a project. In the resulting popup box click on 'Add to Drawing/AOI.' The selected parcel will turn blue.
  4. Close the popup box.
  5. Repeat the process to select more parcels.
  6. To delete any selected parcels, single-click on the parcel you want to delete (it will turn orange). Then click on the Trashcan tool to delete it.
  7. When you are finished choosing the parcels you want, go to the Projects tab and click 'Save Drawn Objects as Project', give the project a name, and click Save.
  8. The resulting parcels will be added a project at the top of the Projects tab.

Upload a KML or KMZ to Create a Project

You can create a new project in Vision using your own KML or KMZ file. 

  1. Navigate to the Projects tab in Vision
  2. Below the Quick Filter, click the 'Upload Project as KML' link
  3. In the browser window, find the KML or KMZ you want to upload and click Open.
  4. Give your project a name, and click Save. The project will be added to the top of your list of projects.

Using Snapshots

A snapshot is a saved collection of projects, data layers, and backgrounds, and map positioning. You can think of it like a photograph of whatever is selected on your screen at the time. You can create and save snapshots and reopen them later, and you can share snapshots with others on your team.

To create a snapshot:

  1. Set up the projects, data layers, backgrounds, and map positioning that you want to create a snapshot for.
  2. In the top menu bar, select Snapshots > Create New. Your snapshot is now saved.
  3. The text above the menu changes to "Unnamed Snapshot". Click on it to give your snapshot a name. 

To close out of an open snapshot:

  1. From an open snapshot, select Snapshots > Close.

To share a snapshot:

  1. In the top menu bar, select Snapshots > Share > Viewable to my organization.

This will share the snapshot and any associated projects with all of the users in your organization. If you un-share a snapshot (select Snapshots > Share > Only Viewable to Me), the snapshot will be removed from all users in your organization, but those users will retain copies of the projects shared as part of those snapshots.

To open a saved or shared snapshot:

  1. In the top menu bar, select Snapshots > Open
  2. Choose from the list of My Snapshots or Company Snapshots

To leave a comment in a shared snapshot:

  1. When a snapshot is shared, a comment bubble icon will appear in the lefthand navigation column under the project tab.
  2. Open the comment tab and use the comment box at the bottom to create and post comments for your team. Comments are visible to all team members with whom the snapshot is shared.

To delete a snapshot:

  1. Open the snapshot you wish to delete
  2. In the top menu bar, select Snapshots > Delete

Order a Transect Report from Vision

To order a Transect Report from Vision:

  1. In the Projects tab, find the project for which you want to order a Transect Report.
  2. Click on the eyeball icon to the right of the project name.
  3. In the popup window, click on the Reports tab.
  4. Follow the instructions to answer the context questions and click "Order Report."

Looking for more? Find additional helpful articles about Vision here.

(NEW!) Site Selection

The site selection tool helps you filter parcels in a geographic area using a set of predetermined filters, or by letting you request additional filters. The resulting deliverable is a data layer of parcels that you can filter further by a set of preset filters, then export to a Project to use in snapshots or create Transect Reports.

Here's how it works:

  1. You will create a search area using the polygon tool, uploading a KML, or searching by a county or counties
  2. Next, you will fill in the site selection request form, choosing the min or max parcel acreage you want to search for and include any additional requested filters (additional fees may apply for additional filter requests).
  3. Once you have submitted your request, your request will appear in the site selection layers list with a grey dot, signaling that your request has been submitted.
  4. Within 1-2 business days, your site selection will be complete and marked with a green dot, signaling that your request is complete. You will also get an email notifying you that your request is complete.
  5. To further filter your parcels, expand the filter button to the right of the layer name.
  6. Export your final parcel selection to Projects by using the Export As button, or clicking on one or more individual parcels in your site selection layer, selecting Add to AOI, then save as a Project.