Alberta Soil Information Viewer: Navigation and Function Help

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Below are detailed descriptions of how to use the navigation buttons, widgets of the viewer.
You can print this page and reference it while using the online soil viewer.


Move the map up, down, left or right.
Return to previous extent (left arrow) or next extent (right arrow)
Increase (+) or decrease (-) the scale. The slider may also be used.
Move the map around.

Zoom in to a user-specified box.

Zoom out from a user-specified box.


Enter Latitude and (negative) Longitude coordinates, then zoom to the location.
Bring up an expandable list of available graphics layers for viewing, zooming, and removing.
Bring up a list of available base maps and select one to be used as a background.


Select Features
Select polygons in the Soil Information layer
Zoom To Township
Zoom to the extent of a given township.
Identify Tool
Click on the map to identify a soil landscape polygon. If the soil polygon layer is visible an information window appears showing various attributes of the polygon identified.
Markup Tool
Create a variety of graphics for display purposes. Appearance (colour, size, etc.) can be defined and a label placed on the graphic.
Measure Tool
Take measurements (area, length, etc.) on the map.
Buffer Tool
Generate user-defined buffers around selected graphics created with the Markup Tool.
Import & Export Tool
Import or export graphics, buffers or features in a variety of formats. Some formats are applicable for certain feature types (e.g., lines or polygons may not be exported as CSV).
Zoom to specific areas of interest created as bookmarks. Municipalities and major cities have been pre-defined. Optionally, new bookmarks may be created for other areas of interest.
Export map to image format
Export the map on the display as an image in a variety of formats except PDF. The scale and map data credits are also exported.
Create a printable PDF map at a specified scale. Printing size can be letter (8.5 X 11 in.) or tabloid (11 X 17 in.) and orientation can be portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal). The map will have standard map elements (title, description, scale, etc.).
Layer List
Bring up an expandable list of available layers for viewing and setting properties (visibility, transparency, zoom-to-extent, move up/down and description). If a particular layer is greyed out and italicized the map may be zoomed in to make the layer visible.
Create a legend to show feature symbol meaning. Only those feature classes which are visible will be displayed in the legend.

Browser Requirements

This application works best using Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome browsers.

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Contact the Ag-Info Centre, toll-free in Alberta at 310-FARM (3276), for agricultural information.

For more information about the content of this document, contact David Spiess.
This document is maintained by David Hildebrand.
This information published to the web on September 26, 2006.
Last Reviewed/Revised on July 31, 2015.