SatQuote Knowledge Base
This guide covers the following measuring topics:
- Creating a new measurement (SatMeasure/SatMeasure+) or quote (SatQuote)
- Understanding, creating, and editing Areas & Sub Areas
- SubArea cutouts and colors
- Viewing and editing measurements
- Map View Settings and Toolbar
- Using birds eye angled views
- Purchasing and viewing high-resolution imagery
- Using Photos and Notes
Creating a New Measurement
To create a new quote click "Create Quote" and enter the property address you want to measure. As you type, you will see potential addresses autocomplete for you. You can optionally enter your customer information at this time. Click the correct address, and the map will open with a red pin on the selected address. Each address search costs 1 credit. (You can track credit consumption on your "Subscriptions" page under the profile accessed in the top right.). To start drawing simply click anywhere on the map. The top left of the map shows the mode you are in. After you have placed your first point, the distance guide will show you the distance to the next point. To move a point simply click and drag it. To remove a point right click on it or use the "Undo" button in the toolbar. If you want to add a new point between two points click on the two points you want to add the new point between in succession and you will see the guides appear between the points to place a new one.
Areas & SubAreas
Areas are simply a grouping of SubAreas. SatQuote lets you see measurements for Areas and SubAreas. Your first area will be created when you create your quote and you will be prompted to name it. Drawing for SubAreas is toggled in the top left of the map using the "Start Drawing" and "Stop Drawing" toggle or by right clicking and selecting Stop Drawing or Start Drawing. Areas can be created by clicking the "+Area" button in the toolbar or right-clicking on the map and selecting "Create Area". SubAreas can be opened the same way by clicking "+SubArea" in the toolbar or left area menu or by right-clicking and selecting "Create SubArea". Settings are available at both the Area and SubArea level by clicking "Edit" changing an Area settings will flow down to all SubAreas while changing a single SubArea will only affect that SubArea. Settings include the ability to edit the color and opacity, measurement preferences, and label display. Settings can be accessed by clicking the gear icon on Areas or SubAreas, clicking the edit button in the left area menu, or right-clicking and choosing edit on a SubArea that is selected. You can select a SubArea by clicking on the "i" icon on its label or clicking on the SubArea in the left menu. Clicking the "i" or SubArea will deselect it when you are done.
Cutouts allow you to exclude items you do not want to count toward measurements such as beds, junction boxes, or driveways. To start a cutout, click the "Cutout" button from the toolbar or right click on an active subarea. Cutout points are red and by default cutouts are not included in perimeter calculations and you can tell if it is included or excluded by whether the line is solid (included) or dashed (excluded). To change edit this, click "Edit" on the subarea, go to the measurements tab, and check the "Include cutouts in area calculations" toggle on or off. To create a new cutout, simply click the "Cutout" button again.
Viewing & Editing Measurements
You can see measurement totals for all of your created Areas and SubAreas in the left measurement menu. To edit the measurements that appear, open the edit menu by clicking the gear icon or edit button in the left menu or right click on an active subarea and select edit. Once inside the edit menu, click on the "Measurement" tab and you can change the measurement types and units of measurement to use as well as edit your volume depth. Measurements available are Perimeter, Area, and Volume. Choosing a primary will determine which one is highlighted in the left menu and which measurement appears in the SubArea label. Units of measure available are feet, yards, and meters.
Map View Settings and Toolbar
The map toolbar is at the top of the map window, view setting toggles are at the bottom of the map window, and imagery selection is at the top right of the map window. The toolbar contains the action items for measuring, the view setting toggles allow you to choose what you want to see on the map, and the imagery selection allows you to purchase high-resolution imagery, toggle the imagery product that is active (Google or Dated High-Res), toggle and view parcel data, and open Street View in a new window.
The view settings and descriptions are:
- Area Labels - Toggles whether to display subarea labels on the map screen.
- General Labels - Toggles whether to display general labels placed on the map screen.
- Areas - Toggles whether to display inactive SubAreas on the map screen (the active subarea will always display).
- Lengths - Toggles whether to display segment lengths that are activated on the map screen.
- Tools - Toggles whether to display the toolbar and imagery selection elements on the map screen.
- Guides - Toggles whether guides will display when placing points in draw mode.
- Photos - Toggles whether to display photo icons on the map for images that are geotagged.
- Design - Toggles whether to display design elements placed on the map.
The toolbar settings and descriptions are:
- +Area/+Subarea - Creates a new Area or SubArea
- Edit - Opens the edit menu for the currently selected SubArea
- Cutout - Creates a new cutout for the currently selected SubArea
- Clone - Opens the clone wizard for the currently selected SubArea
- Move - Opens the move wizard for the currently selected SubArea. Can also move an Area or all Subareas from the menu.
- Photos - Opens the Photos menu to view, upload, and place Photos on the map.
- Notes - Opens the Notes menu to create and edit notes for the Quote or Area. Also allows viewing of Photos for the Quote or Area.
- Label - Opens the label wizard for placing a general label on the map. Click to place and then edit settings.
- Delete - Deletes the selected SubArea
- Ruler - Opens Ruler mode. Click a point to start and see the distance as you move the mouse. Each click resets the ruler.
- Exclude Segment - Opens the Segment Exclusion mode to toggle whether a segment is included or excluded from perimeter measurements. Dashed Line = Excluded Solid Line = Included. Click on the SubArea Label "i" icon to include or exclude all segments.
- Show Segment - Opens the Show Segment Length mode. Click a segment to toggle whether to display its length on the map. Click on the SubArea Label "i" icon to show or hide all segment lengths.
Bird's Eye Angled View
Birds' eye angled views can help you see under trees and shadows. NOTE: Birds Eye angled views are not available for all addresses. Birds Eye Angled views can be toggled by clicking on the icon with four squares located above the map zoom controls in the bottom right of the Map Window. Bird's Eye View is only available when viewing Google Satellite imagery (High-Res Angled views are coming soon!). Entering this mode will add two rotation controls you can use to change the view direction from North, South, East, and West. In Bird's Eye View you can draw on the map , but you cannot place a new point between two placed points or see placed Designs from Design mode because of an API constraint from Google that we hope will be resolved soon. To exit the view, click the four squares again to return to the vertical view.
High Res images have better resolution than Google and are dated so you know exactly when the photo was taken. High Res imagery can be purchased by clicking on the "+ HIGH RES IMAGERY" button at the top right side of the map window. This will open a wizard to purchase the imagery. Credits are used to purchase imagery tiles and each tile costs 1 credit. Start by choosing the area you want to purchase by dragging the area points around the property. Get this as tight as possible to minimize credit costs. Click "Next" to choose your date and imagery zoom level. Zoom 22 is the highest zoom level and the best for doing design and precise measurements. Zoom 20 is roughly equivalent to Google max zoom in most areas. If costs, tree coverage, or shadowing are a concern on the property we strongly recommend starting by purchasing the Zoom 19 image of the area you are interested in to get a quick picture of the quality before purchasing higher zoom images because all lower zoom levels are included with purchases and you will be credited for prior purchases if you decided to buy higher resolution zoom levels. You own any imagery you purchase for as long as you are a subscriber and imagery purchases can also be used across quotes, even if they are different adjacent properties. In these cases you will receive credit for any tiles you already own on the new property.
Map Photos & Notes
Photos texted from customers or taken on-site can really help create more accurate measurements and see what is beneath trees and shadows on some properties. Photos and notes can be added by clicking the "Photos" or "Notes" buttons in the toolbar or by selecting a SubArea in the left menu and choosing "Photos" or "Notes". Images can be uploaded from your computer on desktop, or uploaded and taken in real time on tablets and mobile devices. Once you add a photo, you can specify its location on the map and a camera icon will appear that is clickable to view the photo and its notes. Photos can be assigned to either a SubArea or left unassigned on the quote level and notes can be assigned to the Area or Quote level. Notes and photos assigned to Areas or the Quote can be included in exported PDF and emailed quotes to customers and help you keep organized when on site and in the office so that everything is in once easy to access location.
Saving & Exporting
You can save export your map by clicking "Download" in the top toolbar or going to the Quote menu to create and price your quote for PDF creation.