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What does that button do…?

This is a list of all of the buttons used in PTMapper Pro and PTMapper Standard, together with brief descriptions of what each one does.

If you want to know more about how a button works then click on the appropriate button below.

The available buttons in PTMapper Pro are configured according to your type of business, so some of the buttons listed below may not show on your button bar. The PTMapper Pro menu bar (above the button bar) includes all the available buttons, so if you do not see a particular button then you can always select it from there.

The blue text next to each button (below) tells you which PTMapper Pro menu bar option to click on to locate the relevant button.


NOTE: PTMapper Pro has an option to add or remove the buttons on your button bar. Click here to find out more.


deselectDeselect (Objects)

Clicking the Deselect button cancels any button or function once you have finished using it. If you select any objects or text on a map then clicking Deselect also cancels that selection.

zoom-inZoom in (View)

Zooms in closer to the map to see greater detail.

zoom-outZoom out (View)

Zooms out to see more of the area covered by the map.

Pan (View)pan

Lets you bring in to view other areas of the map that are off screen by moving your view left, right, up and down.

open-mapOpen map (File)

Open a previously saved map

save-mapSave map (File)

Save the map that you are currently viewing or working on.

open-blank-mapOpen a Blank map (File)

Opens a blank map. Useful if you are planning to import data (e.g. DXF, Shapefile or Raster) to use as the basis for a map.

allView All map data (View)

Immediately zooms out to an overview of the whole of the map.

pageView Page (View)

Zoom to view the area of the map covered by the Page Outline. This is not the same as using the All button (above) , as it is possible that your Page Outline has been resized to cover only a small area of the map.

textText Editor (Tasks)

Add new text and edit existing text on the map. Can also be used to add symbols.

moveMove (Objects)

Move objects and/or text on the map. You must unlock the appropriate map layer(s) and then select the objects to be moved, before you are able to move them.

draw-lineDraw Polyline (Draw)

Draw a line on the map.

draw-polygonDraw polygon (Draw)

Draw a shape (polygon) on the map.

draw-boxDraw Box (Draw)

Draw a basic box.

print-pagePrint Page (File)

Print everything that is visible within the margin of the Page Outline. The margin is shown as a dashed box inside the Page Outline box.

move-to-layerMove to layer (Objects)

Move the selected map object(s) to the active layer (the layer with the pencil next to it).

copy-to-layerCopy to Layer (Objects)

Copy the selected map object(s) and put the copies onto the active layer (the layer with the pencil next to it).

deleteDelete (Objects)

Delete the selected objects from the map.

centre-pageCentre the Page (View)

Move the Page outline to centre on the area of the map that you are viewing.

delete-nodeDelete Node (Draw)

Delete nodes from lines or polygons.

cutCut Tool (Draw)

The cut tool has a number of uses. You can use it to split lines, cut sections out of polygons and divide polygons in two (e.g split fields or other parcels of land).

drag-nodeMove Node (Draw)

Move the nodes in lines or polygons, to reshape or relocate them.

arrowArrow (Draw)

Draw an arrow in the map.

copyCopy (Edit)

Copy the selected object(s). The same as using EDIT>COPY.

rotateRotate (Objects)

Rotates the selected object(s). Note: If you select several objects then they will rotate as a group around a central point. They do not each individually rotate.

parallel-linesParallel Lines (Tools)

The Parallel Lines Tool has two functions. You can create a number of parallel lines with a specific spacing between each line.  You can also create a buffer strip of land of a specific width.

title-boxTitle Box (Tasks)

Create a personalised Title Box which can include your company or organisation address, contact details, logo and relevant map title. Once created, it can be used regularly on maps.

legendLayer Legend (Tasks)

Use this to add a legend highlighting key items on the map.


Identifiers (Tasks)

Tool for managing and applying unique identifer labels to map objects. e.g. Trees, Fields, Utility points, Buildings, etc.

schedulerScheduler (Tasks)

The Scheduler lets you selectively produce a list of polygons which have unique identifiers. e.g. fields, buildings, woodland compartments, etc. The results are produced as a basic spreadsheet which includes each objects Identifier together with its area (in hectares and/or acres).

google-earthGoogle Earth (Tasks)

Select objects on a map and transfer them onto Google Earth (NOTE: Google Earth must be installed on your PC or laptop).

undoUndo (Edit)

Undo the last few changes that you have made to the map, one step at a time. Useful if you have recently made a mistake but you are not quite sure what.

Redo (Edit)redo

Once you have undone any changes using Undo you can then use this button to redo those steps, one at a time. Useful if you are trying to find out where something went wrong.

combineCombine (Tools)

This button gives you the ability to merge adjacent or overlapping shapes into one single polygon. e.g. to combine 3 smaller fields into 1 large one.

pocketgisPocketGIS (Tasks)

Enables the PocketGIS data capture software link. Used to transfer maps and survey templates to Android or Windows devices. e.g for tree or asset surveying.

joinJoin Lines (Draw)

Join one line to another, or several continuous lines together into a single one.

markersMarkers (Tasks)

Add marker symbols to the map – either by selecting a suitable symbol and manually placing it on a map,  or by using known grid co-ordinates to precisely place a symbol on the map. Also lets you resize existing marker symbols.

treesTrees (Tasks)

Used to import BS5837 or similar tree surveys onto a map. Can also be used to manually add trees to a map by entering tree dimensions (e.g. Height, Canopy Spread, etc.) and then placing trees onto a map.  Allows you to make amendments to any tree information previously added to a map. Includes an option to add a Legend which displays the tree layout (e.g, canopy, stem, shadow, RPA).

Updated on 19/09/2017

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