DataLog includes an integrated mapping feature. This is accessed while directly editing the sale in DataLog.
Use known latitude/longitude markers to localize a geographical point, or drop a marker onto a Google Map. To launch the feature, click the Load Map button, and a Google map of the continental United States will be displayed. Latitude and Longitude coordinates can be entered first if desired (+/- decimal numbers only). The map will localize accordingly and display a marker.
The map coordinates are stored when a sale is saved. Users must be connected to the Internet in order to view the sale map.
To add a known marker, enter the Latitude and Longitude coordinates in decimal format, including +/- as necessary.
Here is how to convert to decimals if not already formatted this way:
To convert the number of minutes to a decimal value, use the following formula:
Decimal value = Minutes/60
As an example, a latitude of 122 degrees 45 minutes North is equal to 122.75 degrees North.
To convert seconds to decimals, divide by 3600.
Decimal value = Seconds/3600
As an example, a latitude of 122 degrees 45 minutes 45 seconds North is equal to 122.7625 degrees North.
So the complete formula looks similar to the following:
Decimal value = Degrees + (Minutes/60) + (Seconds/3600)
NOTE: If using Surety Maps, the values can be formatted to decimal directly:
- When in Surety go to Tools>Options>Options Page in the Surety Menu bar above the map.
- Once the options page opens, there is a drop-down for latitude/longitude display.
- Choose the Decimal Degrees format. Click save and test by generating an FSA map.
Click the Clear All button to remove it.
Alternatively, click to drop a marker anywhere on the map after clicking Add Marker; double-clicking the mouse will zoom in.
The marker can be dragged to a desired location on the map.
The marker location will update in the Latitude and Longitude fields.
These maps do NOT automatically transfer into a report with the sale.
Read details about Creating & Transferring sales location maps for reports.
Also, here is some info about additional mapping services that are popular with AgWare customers:
One of the more popular options is Google Earth which is different from on-line Google Maps.
You can add pins and property boundaries and then save the current view as an image.
There is a Property Boundary tool. For more information on Property Boundary tool, click here.
You can also do that in Google Maps if you are logged into a Google Account.
Here is a link on how to add a place marker in Google Earth:
The reason a lot of users like Google Earth is because you can add Section/Township/Range lines through a third party service:
We also have some customers using services like Microsoft MapPoint, Delorme maps, Land Voyage, AgriData, and local tax property maps.