Mapmaking made easy: Introducing the create feature

If you’ve been looking at the GeoNadir platform recently, you would have seen that it’s had a pretty big update. Making maps with drone orthomosaics is now easier than ever with GeoNadir’s cool new feature called “Create”. This new feature lets you draw on, label and measure your orthomosaics directly on the platform!

So what can I actually do with the create function?

The create feature lets you add polygons, lines, points, labels and more to the map so that you can really highlight the interesting features of an orthomosaic. We’ve got a handy introduction video for you below, but if you don’t have time for all the details right now (or just want to learn how to do something specific) read on for a step-by-step guide to using the new feature.

How to start creating

First, either upload a dataset, or use ‘explore’ to find one from some of the amazing datasets already on the platform. Once you find your dataset of interest, toggle the collection visibility so the orthomosaic appears on map view. Then switch to the create tab. From there, it’s just a matter of pressing the blue ‘plus’ icon to start adding features to your map.

create Animation showing how to create layer annotations in the GeoNadir drone mapping platform
Add layer
Add a layer
Toggle visibility
Toggle Visibility

What features can I add?

Using the create feature, you can add points, lines, polygons, text and circles to your map. 

When you click the blue ‘plus’ button, you’ll be asked to name your layer and choose the feature type. All features start with a default appearance, but you can edit it by clicking the three dots next to the layer name. There you can also change the name of the layer, delete it, or temporarily lock it from further editing. Each feature in a layer will automatically get a label that will appear on the map. You can edit the label (or hide it from view) by clicking the three dots next to the feature’s name.



As you draw, you can also get info about the features you create! You can get the latitude and longitude of points, the length of a line, and the area of polygons and circles. If you click on the measurement in the side panel you can also switch the units.

You can also measure without adding any new layers by clicking the ruler icon in the top right corner of the map.

That’s it! Go off and create!

Life preserver feature

We hope you enjoy this new feature on the platform and we’d love to hear your feedback. We’re always looking to develop our platform to find new ways for it to better suit your needs.

If you find anything that’s a bit buggy, or if there’s something you’d like to see in future platform updates, click on the little life preserver in the bottom left corner of the platform. This opens a box where you can send through feedback about bugs or suggested platform improvements. It’s also where you can ask questions here is there’s anything you’re confused about.

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