My engineers like to keep me on my toes.
When you draw a line with the line measuring tool, it gives you a nice straight answer, no worries.
When you start to use the area measuring tool, it attempts to give you a perimeter BEFORE you make enough points to create a shape. This is confusing because at the first click it is telling you twice the distance the line measuring tool gave you.
Other online mapping services don't have this issue, so maybe something can be done to make it less confusing?
I've included a screen shot to show the problem.
Very well spotted, Rebecca. Having just tried it in our SSA I can see exactly what you mean.
I've not noticed that before. It's a shocker!
Hopefully PB can fix it in time for the SSA November/December release.
Thank you for the feedback, the original purpose of that feature was as you said to give you the total perimeter and that first click total is basically the area tool closing the area (ie going back to the start point). As you click for a second time that number will change as it will add the total of the three sides to calculate the perimeter and then also above that provide the area.
Is the ideal solution that the first click only shows you the first line number and then and further clicks are added?
As a GIS professional that is the assumption I made. Unfortunately my end users may not jump to the same conclusion. I need to cater for everyone from engineers to planners to customer service and the general public.
Based on my experience with other mapping services, three options are quite workable.
I hope that makes sense
The example my engineer brought to me was he was measuring a lot. It had a 20m frontage. He wondered what the area of the lot was. He clicked to draw the front of the lot and now the line measured 40m. If he'd been wanting to design a lot based on a different frontage and was doing a bit of Spectrum preliminary investigations, it would be difficult to predict a frontage and area with the tool working the way it is now.