You must "refresh" the map view after selecting a data layer for viewing or removal from the view. The Refresh Map button is located at the bottom of the Table of Contents frame. Please note that using the browser's Refresh button reloads the ArcIMS Web page, causing you to lose any changes to your map such as zooms to the extent or new symbols to a layer.
Below is a list of the complete set of available tools. Depending on the configuration of the individual ArcIMS site it is possible that not all of the tools will be available. Click the icons below for detailed description and help with using an individual tools
Toggle Legend: Toggles between a standard legend and a layer list. Display the layer list to add/remove map layers and to set an active layer for hot-linking, identifying, and making queries. The default map view shows the layer list. The user must select the Toggle Legend icon to display the standard legend.
All layers in a map
are listed to the left of the map in the legend. The
legend shows the layer name and the symbol used to draw
each layer. The check box next to each layer indicates
whether it is currently turned on or off in the map,
that is, whether it is currently drawn on the map or
The order in which the layers are listed in the legend is also important. The layers at the top of the legend are drawn on top of those below it. Layers that form the background of your map are listed at the bottom of the legend. To change the order a layer is drawn in, drag the layer up or down in the legend. The Move Layer choice on a layer's right-click menu gives options for moving the layer.
You can change the width of the legend by dragging the border between the legend and the map either left or right. This is useful if you want to increase the width of the legend so that you can see long layer names.
You can turn the legend off by clicking the View menu and un-checking the Legend choice. You must refresh map to view your changes.
Zoom Out: Draw a box with this tool to control zoom distance. A tiny box will zoom out a great distance. A large box will zoom out a small distance. For slower zooming simply select the tool and click on the map.
Hyperlink: Select and then click on a feature in the active layer to get extended information about the feature. For instance, click on a two degree quadrangle from the GLORIA ArcIMS website to see a more detailed image of the area.
Identify: The Identify tool allows you to get attribute information about a feature by clicking on it. Select and then click on a feature to get basic information. The information returned will be from the active layer. Results from the Identify tool appears in the lower panel of the HTML Viewer.
- Click a Layer in the legend to make it active.
- Click the Identify button.
- Click a feature on the map.
- The results of the Identify are shown in the Identify Results dialog box.
- If more than one feature is found, the features are listed in the Features panel. Click each feature to see its Identify results.
This tool opens a dialog box at the bottom of the map
where you can type in a query or use the query builder
interface. The Query Builder queries features based on
their attribute values. Numeric or text are acceptable
search strings. You must use single quotes around values
that are text strings.
You can calculate statistics on the results of your query by clicking the Statistics button. If a feature is found a new map will be drawn that is zoomed into the feature and the selected features will be displayed in yellow.
The Query Builder
generates a simple set of statistics. On the Select a
field to get statistics dialog, you can click the Use
Query Results? check box to only calculate statistics on
the selected records.
The results of a query can be saved to a text file using the Save Results button. In the Save dialog box, type the name of the file with a .txt extension.
- Click a layer in the legend to make it active.
- Click the Query Builder button.
- Click a field to query.
- Click an operator to be used in the expression.
- Click a sample value or type a value for the expression.
- Verify that the query expression is correct.
- Click Execute
- Click a field in the Display Field dropdown to only show one field in the lower panel. The results are in the lower panel.
- Click one or many results from the lower panel.
- Click Highlight to make the selected feature highlighted on the map.
- Click Pan or Zoom to pan or zoom to the selected feature.
- Click Statistics.
- Click a field to be used for statistics and click OK. The statistics are shown in a separate dialog box. Click OK to close this dialog box.
- Click the Save button.
- Type a name for the text file and click Save.
Find: Click the button and type in a search string to get a list of all the features in the active layer that match. Use the asterisk as a wildcard. Results from the Find tool appears in the lower panel of the HTML Viewer.
- Click the Find button.
- Type any part of a word you want to find.
- Click the layer or layers you would like to search.
- Click Find to execute the search.
- Click one or many results in the right panel to select them.
- Click Pan To to pan the view of the selected feature.
- Click Zoom To to zoom the view to the selected feature.
- Click Close when you are done finding features.
Measure: Measure distances on the map. Click the button to define the first point and then click again to define the second point. Repeat for each segment. The segment and total measures appear in the upper left corner of the map. Select another tool to end measuring.
Buffer: Create a buffer around a feature. Select a feature and then click the buffer button. Enter a distance for the buffer and a layer that you want to highlight features from and then click "Buffer". A new map will be returned that shows the buffer and features that fell within it. Buffering may take some time depending on the layer you choose to highlight and your buffer distance. Check the "Display Attributes" checkbox prior to buffering to get a list of features that fall within the buffer.
Select by Line or Polygon: Select an object by choosing points and then creating a line or a polygon. All objects in the active layer touched by the line or polygon will be selected. Wait for a red dot to appear before choosing the next point.
Print: Click this button, enter a title for your map, and click "Create Print Page". A new browser window will appear with a map layout. Use the print button on your browser to complete the print operation.