Cursor Rings to Visualize Distance

Idea created by dcakalic on Oct 13, 2017
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    • dcakalic

    This Idea has been marked by Kory Kramer as a Duplicate of Ground Distance Template Cursor.  Please visit that idea to up vote and provide your user story for needing this functionality in the comments.

    Idea:

    Simple tool to toggle rings around cursor.

    The radius/diameter of these rings could be managed through a dialog.

    As user zooms in/out in ArcMap... the apparent size of the ring would change to represent the distance set. (Zoom in ring "appears" larger... zoom out it appears smaller..)

     

    Reason(s):

    Sometimes while digitizing features from imagery we need to quickly visualize distances... for example is this river > 100'  wide... or is this pond > 2 acres.  Having these "template cursors" on would allow us to make that determination without ever needing a map scale or using the measure tools. Especially useful because when zooming in/out one can quickly lose a sense of scale.

     

    Further Ideas for Improvements to the tool:

    Multiple cursors at once.

    Possibly a Square cursor.

    Allow us to enter Area (sq feet or acres)

    Choice of colors/thickness/transparency for these tools.

    A quick toggle to flip these on/off as toolbar button or function key.

    Optional small label identifying what each radius represents.