Take Site Diagrams to the Next Level with New Go iLawn & Go iPave Features

This year we’ve been really focused on working out the kinks and improving the user experience with our property measuring software for service contractors. So far, we’ve enhanced or tweaked several key features and added a few new ones. And we are not done yet!

Just last week our developer CJ published another round of updates to the Go iLawn and Go iPave tool set. Some of my favorites are the new tools and controls he added that will take your site diagrams to the next level- just in time for snow removal proposals!

In this round of updates, we have added and improved:

  • The Color Palette: We created a new color picker.
  • Color-Coding: Opacity controls have been added to measurement color-coding so you can make measurement results darker or lighter.
  • Line Options: Now you change the thickness and style of perimeter lines for area measurements, and linear distance measurements.
  • A+ and A- Tool Functionality: The performance of the A+ tool for tablet and touch pad functionality has been enhanced so the measuring tools are easier to use on mobile devices and laptop touch pads.
  • Zooming: Now you can zoom in and out on a photo with your mouse wheel.
  • Spreadsheet: The spreadsheet with measurement results now shows the measurement group name.

Refined Color-Coding & New Opacity Controls

New Features Color Picker

Click on this photo to see a larger view of the new color picker.

Color-coding your Go iLawn and Go iPave property measurements is one of the easiest ways to communicate your job execution strategy with your clients, office staff and crews, so I hope you’re using this feature already.

If you haven’t ever changed the color of a measurement, I encourage you to try it today with our new color picker. The new color picker was designed so measurements will appear as vibrantly as possible when emailing and printing your site diagrams.

You can also control how light or dark the color-coded measurements appear with our new opacity controls. You can set up opacity defaults for different groups in the groups editor, or you can change opacity for individual measurements right on the measurement result box. Default opacity is set at 20%, and you can adjust on a scale from 0%-100%.

Here’s an example of measurement results with 20% opacity and 100% opacity side-by-side (click on the photo to enlarge it):

Go iLawn opacity adjustment for measurement resutls

Line Weight and Style Options

We’ve enhanced color-coding and site diagram options even more by adding the ability to change the thickness and style of  linear distance measurements and perimeter lines for area measurements.

You can change the thickness of a line from 1 pixel to 10 pixels, and choose to make lines appear as a solid line, dashed line, dotted line, or dashed-dotted line.

To change the thickness or style of a line, click on the line editor symbol on a measurement result, or set up defaults in your measurement group editor.

Here’s are some examples of the new line styles and weight options (click on the photo to enlarge it):

New Features allow control of line style and thickness

Line Editor Location and Choices (click on the photo to enlarge it):

New Feature Line Style Editor

Tablet Functionality, Zooming & Spreadsheet Changes

We created a freehand tool a few years ago that works great on touchscreen devices, but for straighter lines and defined anchor points the A+ measuring tool is the best. CJ updated the A + tool so it’s easier to use with a stylist pen or your finger on a tablet, and a laptop touch pad.

Zooming has also been enhanced so that you can now zoom in and out on a photo with your mouse wheel (hooray!). This can help you move a photo around while measuring, along with the arrow keys on your keyboard.

Last but not least, we added a column for the measurement group name to the Excel spreadsheet, so if you group measurements you can see what group the measurement result belongs to when reviewing your results.


What is your favorite new feature? Please tell us in the comments section of this post.

6 replies
  1. Chris
    Chris says:

    These are great and welcomed changes. The problem for me however is seriously outdated photos. A lot of times I waste a look up for a site that I cannot even use because its that far out of date. A lot of which are from 2006. A lot of times when I go to neighborhood view, its a much more recent photo, but lacks the resolution necessary for an accurate measuring system.

    We have been with Go iLawn from the beginning, however if we can’t get updated photos sometime soon, we will have to go back to Google to do our measuring which is antiquated in comparison, but the photos are very up to date.

    We sincerely hope this can be rectified soon, as we run into these issues nearly each time we fire up the site. Most recently just yesterday.

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    • Alle Fairhurst
      Alle Fairhurst says:

      Thank you for your feedback Chris. We are glad you like the changes! I took a look through your search history and the photos in the county you’re viewing range from 2006-2012 depending on ZIP code. The way the photos work is that the county requests to be flown over by our imagery provider. Sometimes only the metro areas are flown, sometimes the entire county. Since the county ultimately decides if they want updated photos, it’s out of our hands whether or not they are flown. A typical schedule for a county to be flown is every 18 months/2 years, but every county doesn’t follow this (as you are experiencing). We added photos from a second provider to help eliminate this issue, and cover areas that aren’t covered at all by primary provider. We have many customers who only have this type of coverage and they are able to obtain accurate measurements.

      I also looked at some of your properties on Google Earth to see if I could notice any differences, but it was hard to tell on Google since the properties I looked at were heavily covered in trees and the canopies were blocking the turf areas.

      I will follow up with an email including specifics about some of your searched properties and the 2014 flight plans for Maryland so you can get the most out of your property searches. We appreciate your continued business and use of Go iLawn, and thank you again for your feedback!

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  2. Earl Gordon
    Earl Gordon says:

    I too have an issue with outdated pictures. I am doing bids for a chain outlet. I have run into the property not even showing up on the search or the property has had a remake. I have been comparing before I measure with google earth to see if I can even use Go iLawn’s Photo. So far in half the cases I cannot. Which the cost is starting to add up for the look up.

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    • Alle Fairhurst
      Alle Fairhurst says:

      Earl, thank you for your comment. I checked in to your issue and it looks like the neighborhood view can help you find what you are looking for. You had one difficult property that you recently searched, but I can help you find that too. To respect the confidentiality of your account, I will not disclose details about the property in the comments on the blog, but I’ll email you with some info and we can go from there. If ever there is a photo you cannot use, please email us with the address and details and after researching it, we’ll put a credit back in your account.

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  3. lowell fountain
    lowell fountain says:

    my issue is that most of the pictures I pulled up were dated 2005-2007. very outdated even in the “neighborhood” mode!! my viewing area is Harrison county of Mississippi. I had to go to google to get an accurate picture and used their slow drawing tools to make the necessary measurements.
    do we have to depend on the county to inform google for up to date fly overs for up to date pictures. if so, I might be waiting another 10 years for GoILawn to work for us.

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    • Alle Fairhurst
      Alle Fairhurst says:

      Lowell,
      Every Go iLawn user, no matter the location, has access to a 2012 photo in the neighborhood view. Many areas have two neighborhood views and you have to click on the second view to see the 2012 image. The button to access this view shows up under the neighborhood view button after you select to view the neighborhood view. Our system is totally independent from Google. We purchase photos from a data provider that flies over counties in an airplane and photographs the county. Counties do this for tax assessment, so ultimately they order the flyover.

      If you need help finding the neighborhood view button to see your 2012 images, please contact us via our website and we’ll help you find it!

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