TRACC 1.3.4 Product Tip, Week 3 – Saving Layers

TRACC 1.3.4 Product Tip, Week 3 – Saving Layers

TRACC 1.3.4 Product Tip, Week 3 – Saving Layers

It is our final product tip on TRACC’s newest features! But keep your eyes peeled, you never know, there might be another one soon as we’re always adding more into TRACC.  

This week’s tip looks at the improvement made when exporting layers out as shapefiles. Right now, any layer can be saved as a shapefile, which makes it easy to use in other GIS applications. The change to this feature means you can now also save specific sections of any layer, or otherwise known as sub-layersA sublayer is typically created when looking at the results, either a contour or thematic map, but what happens when you have created a 0-60 minute contour, in 6 bands of 10 minutes – but you only want to export 0-30 minutes? Well you can use this feature, hide the 40,50- and 60-minute bands then only export the visible layers! Hang on, you want to export the road network, but only the Motorways, A Roads and B Roads? No problem just hide the rest of the layers and export out! 

How to do this? 

 

 

 Create a contour with several time ranges. 

 

Firstly, make sure you have the layer you want to export selected in the layer manager. 

Go to the Home Tab and click ‘Save As’. 

Here you are given two options:To save whole layer, click ‘Layer’ 

Layer  (choose a location to save the shapefile) 

Visible Sub-layers 

 

Now that the layer has been exported as a shapefile, it can be used in other GIS applications and further customised as well as in TRACC itself.  

 

To add the shapefile back into TRACC, click ‘Add’ in the Home Tab. 

This will add the extent of the contour onto the screen, which you can then ‘Group and Style’ to your liking – take a look at our previous product tip to see how this is done. 

 

Before, when saving a contour, all sub-layers were exported even if some were unselected. 

Unselect the time ranges you do not want to export.

Nowif any ranges are not selected these won’t be exported. 

Again, make sure you have the layer you want to export selected in the layer manager. 

Go to the Home Tab and click ‘Save As’. 

Here you are given two options:                             To save a section, click ‘Visible Sub-layers 

Layer         (choose a location to save the shapefile) 

Visible Sub-layers 

 

Using the same steps as before, add the contour back into TRACC and customise. 

 

We hope you have enjoyed reading the product tips over the last few weeks and have learnt a bit more about the exciting new features in TRACC. 

 

For the TRACC 1.3.4 release notes, click here.

To read Week 1 of our product tips, click here.

To read Week 2 of our product tips, click here.

 

Keziah is the Digital Marketing Executive at Basemap Ltd. She has almost 2 years experience in the digital realm after graduating from the University of Plymouth with a BA in Illustration and a MA in Publishing.