The Project Toolbar

The Project Toolbar allows you to add your own GIS data and user-defined bookmarks to your map, and to save and return to a map that has been customized with your own GIS data, markups, bookmarks, a particular area of interest, and a custom combination of visible layers.

The following tools are available (click on a tool icon in the toolbar below to learn about the tool):

Save Project Save Project As Open Project Export Map Image Extent Bookmarks Upload CSV
Save Project
Save Project
The Save Project tool allows you to save your mapping session as a project for future use or reference, including a desired map viewer extent, layer visibility settings, bookmarks, markups, and uploaded shapefile layers. Clicking on the tool will present two basic options for saving a project:

Server Side Option: Saving the Project via a Project ID or URL

Use this option when you wish to distribute a project to other users via an emailed link.   Either accept the default Project ID that is given and click “Continue,” or give the project a name of your own choosing by clicking “Rename.”   The URL option generates a unique hyperlink that may be sent as a link to the project in an email, placed as a shortcut to the project on your desktop, or added to your web browser’s favorites list.   Notice that the name assigned to the project is also part of the Project URL, and that the website URL and the Project URL are similar:

Project ID: Project_Name
Project URL:
URL (public):
URL (secure):

If you chose to save your project on the server side, you will need to remember the name or URL assigned to your project to return to it later.   Click “Copy Project ID” or “Copy Project URL” and paste these into Notepad or Word to aid you in remembering your map project’s name.   Also, once a project is saved on the server side, it cannot be overwritten (modified and saved again with the same Project ID).

Client Side Option: Saving a .gep Project File to a Location on Your Computer

Either accept the default Project ID that is given and click “Continue,” or give the project a name of your own choosing by clicking “Rename.”   Click the “Download” button in the “Save Project” panel.   In the “File Download” window that appears next, click “Save” and browse to a location on your computer or local network where you wish to save the file.

Save Project As
Save Project As
The "Save Project As" tool allows you to save a project using the file name and folder that you choose. Like the Save Project tool, the Save Project As tool gives you the choice of saving on the server or on your computer, and it displays the project's URL once the file is saved.

Open Project
Open Project
The Open Project tool allows you to return to a previously saved map session using one of two methods, depending on the method used to save the project.

Server Side Option: Submitting a Project ID or Accessing a Project via the Project URL

In the “Open Project” panel that appears after clicking the tool, enter the Project ID of a saved project and click “Submit.” A project may be opened via the Project URL using a desktop shortcut, an emailed link, a web browser Favorites link, or by directly typing the project ID into the project portion of the URL.

Client Side Option: Accessing a .gep Project File Saved to a Location on Your Computer

In the “Open Project” panel that appears after clicking the tool, click “Browse’” to search for a project file that was previously downloaded to your computer or local network, and then press ‘Upload’ to open the project file.

The Save and Open Project Panels


Export Map Image

This tool provides a quick way to create a “snapshot” of what is visible in the main map window. There are three ways to export an image: you can open the image in your default browser, download the image and save it as a graphics file, or e-mail the image using your default e-mail application.

Select the desired image format and resolution in the dialog box that is presented, hold down your Ctrl key to avoid popup blocker interference, and click “Open Image.”   The image will be displayed in a new web browser window.   To save the exported image after it appears in your browser window, right click on the image, select “Save Picture As,” and save image to the location of your choice.   To email the exported image, click "Email Image," fill in the form that follows, and click "Submit."

A georeferenced image may be downloaded by checking the "Georeferenced" checkbox.   When this option is selected, a compressed ("zipped") file is created for download that consists of an image file, along with a world file that is required for proper spatial referencing in a GIS or CAD environment.

Export Map Image Panel

Export Map Image Email Panel

Launch Extent Bookmarks
Extent Bookmarks
The Extent Bookmarks Tool provides a quick way to return to the extent of a previously viewed area of interest.

Navigate to an extent of interest on the map, click on the tool, enter the name that you want to appear in the Jump to Extent drop-down list, and click Add (  ).   Bookmarks will appear in the “Previously defined bookmarks” box and in the "Jump to Extent" list located near the scale box, and are saved when a map project is saved.

To return to a previous extent, click the Bookmark tool and select one of the available bookmarks, or select a bookmark from the “Jump to Extent” list.   To remove extents bookmarks from the map, select the Extent Bookmarks tool, and in the “Previously defined bookmarks” box, click the Delete Bookmark button (  ) to the left of the extent that you wish to remove.

The Extent Bookmarks Panel and the Jump to Extent box

Extent Bookmarks panel and Jump to Extent box

Upload Shapefile
Upload Shapefile
You may find it useful to view your own GIS data along with the layers available in the Interactive Mapping Service.   This tool allows you to upload shapefile data and display its features as a layer within your map.   This layer will function the same way as other map layers, allowing you to identify, navigate around, and select its features, view the uploaded layer's legend, and save the uploaded layer as part of a project.

In the “upload Shapefile” panel that appears after clicking the tool, enter the name of the new layer that will display the shapefile’s data in your map(“My Layer” in the example).   This name can be different than the shapefile's name.   Next, browse to the file path where the four files that constitute a basic shapefile (.shp, .dbf, .shx, .prj) are located on your computer or local network (keep in mind that the size limit for the four files is 20 megabytes).   Finally, choose how the features in the new layer will appear in your map (symbology) using the options in the “Symbolize Layer” panel.   To change the symbology of the layer at a later time, click on the layer's name, and select the "Symbolize Layer" layer action.

The Upload Shapefile Panel

Upload Shapefile

Upload CSV
The Upload CSV tool allows you to upload point data that is stored in a .csv file and plot the points on the map.   To upload point data, click the Upload CSV tool, browse to the file, and click Submit.   The first few rows of the data file will display.   Enter a name for the layer that the points will be plotted on and select the columns that contain the x and y coordinates.   Click Submit to create the layer and plot the points.   The Symbolize Layer panel will open so you can configure the symbolization if you want.   You can reopen this panel at any time by clicking the layer in the the Layer List.

Once the points are plotted, you can zoom to the layer's extent, perform identify and select operations on the layer, and save the layer to projects. To remove the layer, click the  Remove CSV Layer  icon in the Layer List.

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