Color Customization user guide

Introduction

Do you want to mark out each tract in a special way to clearly distinguish from each other? Customization tools allow your project to really stand out on the map. In every project there are three ways to freely change and customize the colors of the tracts.

Define the color of the category

As you already know, we have three tract categories: sections (qq-sections, q4-sections), allotments and custom shapes (rectangle, circle and shapes). For each of these categories, the user can define their own color preferences. Changing these will change the colors for all previously added tracts and all tracts that are added later.

To define new colors for categories, click "Settings" in settings menu. The "Settings" window with three tabs will be displayed. Select the "Categories" tab. Notice the preview rectangle for every category based on its current color and border settings.

Click "Edit" next to a category and the "Edit category" window will open. To change the color of the border, click on the "Border Color" and the color palette will be displayed, select the color by clicking on the selected place on the palette or typing the HTML color hex code. Do the same in the "Background Color" to change the background color. Move the slider to change the width of the border, or change the size in the window by manually typing in the setting or using the button at the end on the right side of the "Width" bar to toggle up or down. Confirm changes by clicking "Modify" and you will then return to the "Categories" tab in the "Settings" window. Click "Save" to save the changes.

Settings, categories tab
Figure 1: Settings, categories tab - click to enlarge

Defining the color of the class

If you do not want to change the color of all tracts from a given category then you can use the tool to customize the color for each class. Remember class allows the user to group together and track a class of farm ground (For example, pivot versus dry ground). It’s also useful if you would like to have a common color on tracts from different categories. You can define as many classes as you need. You will then be able to assign these classes to individual tracts from your project. As a side note, this is a nice way to estimate acreages contained within a certain class. For example, treat owned and leased ground as separate classes.

To define new color classes, click "Settings" in settings menu. The "Settings" window with three tabs will be displayed. Select the "Classes" tab. Click "Add class" on the bottom left and you will see "Add new class" window. Name the class in the "Class name" field. Color and border settings are the same as in edit category window. To confirm changes, click "Add" and you will then return to the "Class" tab in the "Settings" window. Click "Save" to save the changes.

Settings, classes tab
Figure 2: Settings, classes tab - click to enlarge

All defined classes can be seen in the list of classes in the "Classes" tab in the "Settings" window. You can freely change all parameters (name, border color, background color and width) of the previously defined class by clicking the "Edit" button next to the class you want to change. You just have to remember to confirm the changes by clicking the "Modify" button. You can also delete the selected class at any time by clicking the "Remove" button. Always after making any changes to the classes click "Save".

List of defined classes
Figure 3: List of defined classes - click to enlarge

Changing the color of a single tract

To change the color of a tract, click on the tract on the map or in the tract list on the left. On the map you will see the tract information window and the "Change" button in it. Next to it you can find preview the current tract color. Here you can also find information about the color used. Is it defined in categories and to which category this tract belongs, eg: "Default allotment, section or custom shape". Or if the class is used, then the description will look like this: Class: "class name". And if the Color is changed with the "Set custom" tool, the "Custom" will be display next to the preview. To change color of the tract click "Change" on the tract window and the "Color for tract" window will be displayed. Here you have three options to change the color of tract.

  • Quickly define the color of the tract by checking "Set custom". If you choose the "Set custom" option, you can use the same color and border settings as for categories and classes. When you click "Save" the changes will be applied only to the current tract.
  • Assign one of the predefined classes to the tract. Check the option "Select a class from the list" and choose a class from the drop down list. Click "Save" and the color of the tract will always be the same as defined for the class. If you click “define” link then you will be able to define a new class in the same way as in the setting dialog.
  • Return the settings to the default color settings. Check the "Reset to default" option, click "Save" and the tract color will change to the one currently defined for its category.
Color for tract window
Figure 4: Color for tract window - click to enlarge

Define the color of the category

As you already know, we have three tract categories: sections (qq-sections, q4-sections), allotments and custom shapes (rectangle, circle and shapes). For each of these categories, the user can define their own color preferences. Changing these will change the colors for all previously added tracts and all tracts that are added later. To define new colors for categories, tap "Settings" in settings menu [Figure 1].
Settings tab
Figure 1: Settings tab - click to enlarge
You will be moved to the "Settings" window. Select the "Categories" from “menu” drop-down list [Figure 2]. Notice the preview rectangle for every category based on its current color and border settings.
Categories in settings tab
Figure 2: Categories in settings tab - click to enlarge
Tap "Edit" next to a category [Figure 3] and you will be moved to the "Edit category" window.
Types of tracts in categories tab
Figure 3: Types of tracts in categories tab - click to enlarge
To change the color of the border, tap on the "Border Color" and the color palette will be displayed, select the color by tapping on the selected place on the palette or typing the HTML color hex code. Do the same in the "Background Color" to change the background color. Move the slider to change the width of the border, or change the size in the window by manually typing in the setting or using the button at the end on the right side of the "Width" bar to toggle up or down. Confirm changes by tapping "Modify" and you will then return to the "Categories" in the "Settings" window. Tap "Save" to save the changes [Figure 4].
Editing category
Figure 4: Editing category - click to enlarge

Defining the color of the class

If you do not want to change the color of all tracts from a given category then you can use the tool to customize the color for each class. Remember class allows the user to group together and track a class of farm ground (For example, pivot versus dry ground). It’s also useful if you would like to have a common color on tracts from different categories. You can define as many classes as you need. You will then be able to assign these classes to individual tracts from your project. As a side note, this is a nice way to estimate acreages contained within a certain class. For example, treat owned and leased ground as separate classes. To define new color classes, tap "Settings" in settings menu [Figure 5]. You will be moved to the "Settings" window.
Settings tab
Figure 5: Settings tab - click to enlarge
Select the "Classes" from “menu” drop-down list [Figure 6]. Tap "Add class" on the bottom left and you will be moved to "Add new class" window.
Classes in settings tab
Figure 6: Classes in settings tab - click to enlarge
Name the class in the "Class name" field. Color and border settings are the same as in edit category window. To confirm changes, tap "Add" and you will then return to the "Class" in the "Settings" window. Tap "Save" to save the changes [Figure 7]].
Setting classes
Figure 7: Setting classes - click to enlarge
All defined classes can be seen in the list of classes in the "Classes" in the "Settings" window [Figure 8]. You can freely change all parameters (name, border color, background color and width) of the previously defined class by tapping the "Edit" button next to the class you want to change. You just have to remember to confirm the changes by tapping the "Modify" button. You can also delete the selected class at any time by tapping the "Remove" button. Always after making any changes to the classes tap "Save".
List of defined classes
Figure 8: List of defined classes - click to enlarge

Changing the color of a single tract

To change the color of a tract, tap on the tract on the map [Figure 9] or in the tract list on the left and tap “Edit tract”. On the map you will see the tract information window, if you use "Edit tract" you will be moved to "Modify Tract" window [Figure 10]. In both cases find the "Change" button . Next to it you can find preview the current tract color. Here you can also find information about the color used. Is it defined in categories and to which category this tract belongs, eg: "Default allotment, section or custom shape". Or if the class is used, then the description will look like this: Class: "class name". And if the Color is changed with the "Set custom" tool, the "Custom" will be display next to the preview.
Change color of the tract from the map
Figure 9: Change color of the tract from the map - click to enlarge
Change color of the tract from the "Modify tract" window
Figure 10: Change color of the tract from the "Modify tract" window - click to enlarge

To change color of the tract tap "Change" and you will be moved to “Change color” window [Figure 11]. Here you have three options to change the color of tract.

  • Quickly define the color of the tract by checking "Set custom". If you choose the "Set custom" option, you can use the same color and border settings as for categories and classes. When you tap "Save" the changes will be applied only to the current tract.
  • Assign one of the predefined classes to the tract. Check the option "Select a class from the list" and choose a class from the drop down list. Tap "Save" and the color of the tract will always be the same as defined for the class. If you tap “define” link then you will be able to define a new class in the same way as in the setting dialog.
  • Return the settings to the default color settings. Check the "Reset to default" option, tap "Save" and the tract color will change to the one currently defined for its category.
Changing color of the tract
Figure 11: Changing color of the tract - click to enlarge

Please let us know what you think and let us know if you want additional functionality at support@farmapper.com