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Translate Old Web Map tools to New Web Map Tools and Methods

For those accustomed to the way Clallam County's Web Maps have functioned for the last 15 years, this page provides instructions to translate your old skills to the new maps. In the table below, the OLD MAP tools are on the left, while the equivalent NEW MAP tool is in the gray column. Click the highlighted icons for specific pages about the web map icons.

When you opened an old ArcIMS map, the tools were on the upper left, and the "zoom to window" tool was active, so the first step was always to drag a box over your area of interest. Now the map will open, usually centered on Port Angeles. Your first step now to get to your area of interest will be one of the following:

  • Hover on your area of interest, and roll the mouse wheel forward to zoom in to it. (if you can see your area of interest)
  • Click the Bookmark widget and select the part of the county to zoom to, then do as above.
  • Roll the mouse wheel BACK to zoom out until you can see your area of interest then follow the first step.
  • Drag the map in the direction necessary to get to your area of interest.
  • Any combination of the above until you see what you want to see

Your next step may have been to get the lightning bolt tool to click on a parcel and link to the summary page. If so, it's much easier now, just click the parcel, and the pop-up has all the attributes, including links to both the parcel summary page and a direct link to the Assessor information (PACS)

You may have gone to the layer list in the bottom right, switched layers on and off, then refreshed the map. Now you will click the Layer List Widget, and click layers on or off. You will see the results right away (depending on your connection speed), without needing to click a "refresh" button.

Look through the list of tools and functions below to find your old familiar function, and how to accomplish it in the new map environment. While you're at it, try out some of the great new functionality: Printing a map is now very powerful, and produces high quality output. The "swipe" tool allows rapid visualization with and without key map information. The Multi-Purpose Map allows simple switching between major themes on the same data-rich map, without losing your place, as well as facilitating the use of selective transparency, and swiping to get just the right view of the map. And now you can actually use the maps on a mobile device, including locating yourself with the GPS!

Good Luck, and Have Fun!

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Zoom In
Zoom Window

Zoom Out


The Old style maps defaulted to the zoom in tool when opened, and you could click the map or draw a box to zoom in.
Now you roll your mouse scroll wheel forward to zoom in, and backward to zoom out, or click the + and - (on the upper left side of the map) to zoom in and out. Wherever you have your mouse pointer hovering while you scroll is the center for the zoom in or zoom out.
Zoom to
Click the "Home" button on the upper left side of the Map to zoom to the map extents
Pan No need to grab a "Pan" tool as before. Simply use the mouse pointer, or touch to drag the map. As long as you don't linger, the map will interpret this click and drag as a pan, and not as an identify
Hyperlink Hyperlinks are now all contained in the Pop-Up box. There is no direct hyperlink tool, you must click the feature to bring up the pop-up attribute box, see below. Hyperlinks are formatted and described as links, and will generally be moved to the top of the list.
Identify Click a feature, and a pop-up box will open with attributes for all the features that were retrieved by that click. See the top line in the box for number of features. If more than one, the arrow symbols will page through them. Pop-Ups are enabled by default on certain layers (like Parcels), but may be enabled within your session on any layer on the map. Just go to the three dots to the right of the layer name, click, and choose "enable Pop-ups"

Not all maps include the Query widget. It must be configured for each web app, and will generally be specific to that map. The generic capability in ArcIMS is not supported. Click the icon to select from configured queries. Queries will generally provide options to select records based on their attributes, or on a map selection. Some queries will allow the attributes of the selected records to be exported to a file.

Find Searches must be configured for each web app. Most web apps contain the search window, which is generally configured to allow address searches, and on most Clallam County maps, Parcel searches. Maps may contain additional searches, selected by clicking the down arrow. Such searches will be configured to meet the design objectives of each particular map. The generic capability in ArcIMS is not supported.


Set Measurement Units

The functions of both old tools are combined into the single Measure tool. Upon selecting this tool, the dialog box will present options to measure distance or area, or determine coordinates of a point. If selecting distance or area, a drop-down will allow changing the measurement units. Drawing on the map will define what is being measured, with results shown in the dialog box as you go.


by rectangle
by line or polygon

Clear Selection

The Select tool, if present, will be configured for the map, and may not offer all possibilities on all maps. Generally, you will be able to select features by rectangle or line, optionally polygon or other shape. The map will be configured to allow selection on some or all layers. When you select the tool, you will have the option of choosing between the available layers (grayed out are not eligible), and if more than one is selected the top-most layer will select. Until you click "Clear", you can continue to add selected features to the selected set. Once features are selected, click the three dots to the right of each layer name to choose options of what to do with the selected records. (show in the table, clear just that layer, export, zoom to, etc.) To clear all the selections, click the Clear button at the top of the dialog box.
Locate Address There is no separate tool for address location. the search box at the top of the map is always available to match an address. (On most maps this box will also allow you to zoom to a parcel as well, and the system can tell an address from a parcel number). Currently we are using the built-in address locator, but will eventually use a more accurate one based on our own road layer. Until then, there may be discrepancies between assigned addresses and located addresses.
Print Map The Printing function on the old maps was not very useful. The Print widget on the new maps is much better, and provides many additional options. Several map layout pages have been configured, and additional layouts will be added as the needs arise. You can choose the format of your output: image, pdf, etc, and in the advanced options, you can select a scale, a resolution (dots/inch) and other parameters. You can easily try different parameters until you get the result you'd like, and compare between them until you clear the output or end the tool.
Zoom to Last

This control in the upper left area of the map will step back through previous map extents, and then forward again. The old tool only went one step back. This tool does MANY steps.

You can also create a temporary bookmark to enable returning to a specific map extent. This goes away when your browser cache is purged.


Zoom to Active Layer

Zoom to Scale

Not Available


The Buffer function is not currently available. It will be added in the future, along with a mailing list generation function.

There are no simple methods for zooming to the extent of a specific layer. You can select all the records in that layer, and zoom to selected records, but that's cumbersome.

There is no equivalent function to the old "Zoom to Scale" box. Most maps are currently configured to use the standard zoom scales in the Google/Bing standard, and so custom zoom scales are not available. More information about zoom level soon...


Zoom to Parcel

The functionality of the "Zoom to Parcel" box at the bottom of the old style map screens is replaced by the same functionality in the "Search" box at the top of the new style maps. This box can accept either an address or a parcel number on most maps. It may also be configured to accept other search fields. To determine capabilities, click the down arrow to see what searches are configured on a given map.

Zoom to....
The "Zoom to..." box at the top of the old style maps is now replaced with the "Bookmark" widget. Bookmarks are configured for each map, and most maps will include a standard set for many areas of the county.
In addition, some maps will allow the user to create custom bookmarks that will persist through that session. Once the map is closed, those bookmarks will go away.

Legend Window

Click this widget to open a Legend display window. The legend will show only those layers currently showing on the map, and may be configured to leave out some layers, usually ones that are are self-explanatory, or inapplicable, like aerial photos.

Layer Selection Window

Click this widget to open the Layer List. This is a very robust tool.
Basically, by checking the box to the left of a layer name, that layer will be drawn on the map (it will begin to refresh immediately, no "refresh map" is needed). If a layer is gray, it will not show at the current scale. Zoom in or out to see what scales are designed to show that layer. Scale dependency is configured in the map. You can turn layers off, but cannot force them to be visible at scales where they show as gray.

The widget always opens with layers collapsed by map service. To expand any element, Click the right arrow triangle () to expand , and the down arrow () to collapse

Click the three dots ... to the right to see other options for this layer.