Features

The list below generally describes features of Net Deed Plotter. The improvements offered by version 5 of Deed Plotter are identified by the wording “Net Deed Plotter”.
(Four of these popular features, (Multiple Tracts, Drawing Tracts in “standard” townships & sections, Launching Net Deed Plotter from MS Word, and Analyze Tracts) have links (below) to examples so you can see them in actual use.)    

  • A data entry editor that has the look and feel of a word processor editor. You can easily cut, copy, paste, correct, delete, and insert large amounts of the data you have entered.  These features are significantly improved in Net Deed Plotter.
  • Accepts bearings, azimuths, deflections, interior angles, feet, meters, chains, poles, rods, perches, links, and varas.
  • A curve data dialog box that permits the entry of ALL data combinations normally associated with curves.  Net Deed Plotter shows this data on the curve editor line.  Curve data can be optionally created, altered, or reviewed without opening the curve editor.
  • Multiple parcels (tracts) can be entered and simultaneously viewed. This is an important and fundamental feature for deed plotting software.  It is a handy way to add tracts, or include a house or structure on the final drawing.  To see an introduction on this please click this Multi-Tract link.
  • Automatically calculates area, net area of keeps & exceptions, closure and precision.
  • Text can be added to your map and rotated, sized or positioned as needed.  Net Deed Plotter accepts many different fonts and permits bolding. 
  • Deed calls, corner labels and corner circles can automatically be placed in their appropriate positions.
  • Permits user selected scales and zooming.
  • Distances can be converted to new units in any order, at any time.
  • Accepts “standard” (“mile square 640”) Township and Section entries. For example, “The north 520 feet of the west half of the southeast quarter.”  (can also reference metes and bounds to standard section corner.)  Net Deed Plotter accepts more lengthy and complicated section data.  To see an example please click this Townships and Sections link.

  • The movement (shifting) of tracts was redesigned in Net Deed Plotter.  Simply drag tracts and text with the mouse.
  • Menu items that make your map fancy include: broken lines, colored lines, bold lines, hatching, corner circles, corner labeling, and toggling a section view.
  • Data, including date and title, can often be included in a “data box” on the same sheet as the map.  Net Deed Plotter, at your option, will show a nice paper border and shows the tract data on screen and paper.
  • Can be placed in “Metric” mode for the inputting and printing of metric surveys.
  • Tracts can be rotated by automatically adjusting the deed calls within the Deed Call Editor, or the tract can be rotated by any amount without altering the Deed Calls..
  • DXF files can be exported so as to place the polygon in a CAD program or into the shape file of a GIS program.  Net Deed Plotter makes this simpler.  You can select feet or meters before exporting the dxf.
  • Net Deed Plotter can create Bitmap (.bmp) files for use in many applications including word processors and other Microsoft office applications.
  • Net Deed Plotter can optionally show a digital topographical (topo) map or other image in the background.  This is a very powerful feature for those who need to see tracts in relation to real world features.  (An important matching geo-reference file must be present in the image folder.  Digital images are not sold by Greenbrier Graphics.)

Special Features of Deed Plotter:

(Most, if not all, of the following features were pioneered by Greenbrier Graphics.)

  • Many (not all) metes and bounds legal descriptions can be read directly from Microsoft Word.  Net Deed Plotter can attempt to read the relevant deed calls, and automatically display the map in Net Deed Plotter.  This process is called Deed Conversion.   We have been developing and perfecting this technique since 1987, and we redesigned it in Net Deed Plotter.  Not all descriptions can be converted accurately.  To see an example on how this works, click this Deed Conversion Example link. Experiment and see if it works for you.
  • We have an easy solution for those tracts that have a single missing deed call.  Simply place a question mark “?” on the line that has no deed call and continue entering the remaining deed call data.  When the map is drawn and you return to the editor, you should see the calculated deed call.  The question mark feature can also be used to force closure.  This is not recommended because it violates intent of deed.  In both cases accuracy of the solution depends on the accuracy of the deed calls that were used.
  • An easement and right-of-way solver accepts a baseline or centerline description and automatically attempts to convert it to a tract having constant width and a defined area.  Net Deed Plotter greatly simplifies this procedure with a form that guides you through the process.
  • Our curve editor window not only accepts all reasonable curve data, it also permits the entry of an “ahead” tangent to solve difficult non-tangent curves.
  • A powerful “Analyze Tract” menu option may help solve tracts that have poor closure.  Please click on this Analyze Example link to see an analyze example.
  • Finds direction and distance from any point on a property line to any currently visible point.  (see Help & manual for details)
  • Use the mouse to create a tract
    The resulting calls will automatically be placed in the data editor. This very powerful function can often be used to determine the scaled area of a complex overlap or gap or draw a tract on an image.
  • Optional entry of x,y coordinates accepted but not required. This feature is for the GPS and the GIS folks.

New customers sometimes say they won’t need certain features offered by Deed Plotter; however, sooner or later, they find that even the advanced features are easy and very worthwhile.  We keep many features “out of the way” so the user can simply draw a map and be done with it.
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