The Markup Toolbox

The Markup Toolbox provides tools to add points, lines, areas and text to your map. Each tool has many options for changing the attributes of your markup, such as fill type, color, transparency and line width.

Figure 1. The Markup Toolbox

Point MarkupPolyline MarkupPolygon MarkupRectangle MarkupOval MarkupCircle MarkupText MarkupUpload ImageBuffer MarkupErase MarkupClear All MarkupSwipe Markup LayerExtract Markup to Shapefile
Point Markup
To add points to your map, click the Point Markup tool and then select the attributes of your point in the Point Markup area of the Information panel. Click the map at the desired locations to add points.
Polyline Markup
Use the Polyline Markup tool to draw lines on your map. Select the attributes of your line from the drop-down lists in the Polyline Markup area, then click the map where you want your line to start. Move the mouse to begin drawing and click wherever you want your line to change direction. Double-click to complete your line.
Polygon Markup
To draw a polygon, select the Polygon Markup tool and choose the attributes of your polygon from the Polygon Markup area. Click the map to mark a starting point for your polygon. Next, add at least two more points by clicking the map in the desired locations. Double-click to close the polygon.
    Figure 2. Markup Formatting Options for Closed Shapes
Rectangle Markup
To add a rectangle to your map, select the Rectangle Markup tool and choose the attributes in the Rectangle Markup area. Click and hold the mouse button down on the desired location on the map. Drag the mouse to size the rectangle and release the mouse button to complete it.
Oval Markup
Draw an oval on your map using the Oval Markup tool. Select the tool and choose the attributes in the Oval Markup area. Click the map to position the corner of your oval and drag the mouse in any direction until the oval is the desired size. Click again to complete the oval.
Circle Markup
To create a circle, choose the Circle Markup tool and select attributes in the Oval Markup area. Next, click the map where you want the center of your circle. Move the mouse away from the center to enlarge the circle and back towards the center to shrink it. To complete the circle, click the mouse button again.
Text Markup
The Text Markup tool allows you to place text on the map, optionally contained in a callout. Specify a format for the text and callout using the options in the Text Markup panel and then click the location on the map that you want to place the markup. Type your text in the window that opens. Use the    buttons to insert the location's coordinates or attributes of features that are visible at the markup location.

Figure 3. Text Markup

Text Markup
Upload Image
The Image Upload tool allows you to add images to the Markup Layer. Click the Upload Image tool to open the Upload Image to Markup Layer options in the Information panel. Click Browse to select the image file and then click Upload Image. Drag a box on the map where you want the image. The image will automatically be resized to fit the box. The image does not change size when you zoom in and out. To delete the image from the Markup Layer, click the Erase tool in the Markup Toolbox and then click the image. Tip:  Use the other markup tools to annotate the image.

Buffer Markup
Use the Buffer Markup tool to create buffers around any of your markup, including points and polyline. Click the Buffer Markup tool, and then click the map and drag your mouse to draw a rectangle around any geometries you want to use for creating buffers. Specify the attributes of your buffers (including buffer distance and unit of measurement) in the Markup Buffer panel. You can choose to have the original geometries displayed or removed after the buffer is created by selecting or clearing the Remove Selected Geometry check box in the Markup Buffer panel.

Figure 4. Buffer Markup Formatting Options

Buffer Markup
Erase Markup
The Erase Markup tool allows you to selectively delete markup that you have made. To erase markup, select the tool and then click once on any added text or graphic. To erase multiple graphics at once, click and drag the mouse to create a box around added text or graphics. Release the mouse when the box encloses the markup you want to erase. Note that when a portion of a graphic is enclosed within the eraser box, the entire shape is deleted.
Clear All Markup
To quickly erase all of the existing markup from the map, select the Clear All Markup tool. Before the markup is deleted, you will be asked to confirm or cancel the operation.
Swipe Markup Layer
The Swipe Markup Layer tool allows you to interactively clear the contents of the Markup layer from the map, like pulling a blind. When you click the Swipe Markup Layer tool, the map redraws with a swipe window overlaying the Map Window. To swipe the layer, drag one of the overlay window's borders. You can swipe vertically or horizontally. To close the overlay window, click the  Close overlay window  in the window's upper right corner.
Extract Markup to Shapefile
The Extract Markup to Shapefile tool saves the shape markup you have drawn on the map to a shapefile. This allows your markup to be displayed in any GIS software that imports shapefiles, such as ArcGIS Desktop. To extract your markup, click the Extract Markup to Shapefile tool. The files that make up your shapefile will be created and combined in a ZIP file, which you will be prompted to download. Click Download and save the file.

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