The Home | Data | Digitize command allows you to write map coordinates to a data file. As you move the pointer across the selected map, the X and Y map coordinates for the current mouse position are shown in the status bar. Left-click on a map to write digitized points to the Digitized Coordinates dialog.
Click the Home | Data | Digitize command to enter into digitize mode. Left-click on a map, and the Digitized Coordinates window is displayed.
The digitized X and Y values are written to
the Digitized Coordinates window.
The coordinates for the clicked point are written to the Digitized Coordinates window. Each time the map is clicked, a small, temporary red symbol is drawn on the map, and the map coordinates for the current mouse position are written to the Digitized Coordinates window. In this way, you can digitize boundaries from maps and easily create boundary files from the digitized information. You can also create a blanking file with Map | Digitize.
The Digitized Coordinates window stays open until it is closed by clicking the button in the top right corner of the Digitized Coordinates window. This allows convenient editing of the data and allows digitizing to start and stop multiple times and be recorded in the same window.
The Digitized Coordinates window has two menus: File and Edit.
The File menu allows you to save or open an ASCII .DAT data file or Golden Software boundary .BLN file.
The Edit menu command allows for common editing, such as undo, redo, cut, copy, paste, delete, find, replace, and select all. These commands work in much the same way as the Clipboard, Undo, and Tools commands in the Home tab for a worksheet.
To digitize information from a map, follow these steps:
Create a map in the plot window and select the map.
Choose the Home | Data | Digitize command . The cursor becomes a cross hair to indicate digitize mode.
As you move the cross hair cursor within the plot window, the map coordinates for the position are displayed in the status bar.
The status bar displays the X and Y coordinates before you click on the map.
Click the left mouse button in the plot window to write the current coordinates to the Digitized Coordinates window. Continue adding points in this manner. Digitized points appear as temporary small red plus-signs on the map.
When you are finished using the Digitize command, click on any tool button or command, or press the ESC key on the keyboard.
To save the data in the Digitized Coordinates window, click the File | Save As command in the window. You are prompted to save the data as Boundary Files (*.bln) or Data Files (*.dat). Type a File name and click Save to save the data. Click Cancel to not save the data and return to the Digitized Coordinates window.
Click the button in the top right corner of the window to close the Digitized Coordinates dialog. The dialog will stay open until closed in this manner.
If the map that you are digitizing from is referenced with a coordinate system on the Coordinate System page, the digitized .BLN or data file automatically creates a .GSR2 file. The points digitized and the .GSR2 file contains the map's target coordinate system information. This is the map's coordinate system, not the map layer's coordinate system.