Drawing is a primary method of communication in SCOUT. When information needs to be transmitted quickly and efficiently, a sketch on the map is often the most effective. For example, the following map shows details for: incident perimeter, incident organizational operational areas, drop points, safety zones, hazards, spot fires and other incident related information for a notional fire in Southern California.

Using sketches to aid a mission

A fire in Southern California

To Draw, click on the pen icon labeled "DRAW" in the main toolbar. This will open up the drawing palette:

The drawing palette Stamps

The Drawing and ICS Symbol and Marker palettes

There are six main drawing tool sets:

Symbol/Marker/Icon Tool: Selecting the Symbol/Marker button in the drawing palette (the RED pushpin icon) will bring up the Symbol/Marker/Icon panel. Click on a Symbol/Marker to select it and then click anywhere on the map to place it. You can place an additional Symbol/Marker on the map by clicking multiple times. You can also rotate several of the icons (see below).

To “clear” the pointer, click on the HAND tool.

Text Tool: Click on the "T" to bring up the text editor. Type in your text and choose the font size and color. Like a Symbol/Marker, you can place the text anywhere on the map, however you may not rotate it like a Symbol/Marker. You may also place additional copies of the text on the map by clicking multiple times.

The text editor

The text editor menu

Rotate Tool: Many Symbols/Markers are rotatable after being placed on the map. Select the rotate tool and then click on the Symbol/Marker you want to rotate. Use the guide to align your Symbol/Marker accordingly.

Shapes Tool: This tool creates a shape with a solid border and translucent center. There are five different shapes available to draw: freeform, circles, squares, triangles, and hexagons. To draw any shape, click and drag on the map; the shape automatically adjusts to the mouse position. You can change the color of the shape from the drawing palette BEFORE you draw. [Changing color (and other attributes) of an object or text AFTER they are drawn is in development.]

Example of shapes

An example of polygons drawn on the map

After you draw a shape, you can select it with the HAND tool and double click….acreage will be shown.

Pen Tool: This creates a new line wherever you draw on the map. Options such as thickness and color can be reached from the drawing palette (settable BEFORE you draw).

The Pen Tool also has a "fade" option. This will produce a line that will disappear from the map after a few seconds. This is useful for pointing out details when you do not want to lay down permanent ink.

There is also a "dash" option for dashed lines. Draw as you normally would, and when you release, the line will become dashed.

Dashed lines

Dashed lines in SCOUT

Measurement Tool: Shown as a ruler, the measurement tool can provide length (use the ruler option and draw a line….distance is shown) and area (select the L rulers and construct a polygon….acreage is shown).

Metadata: Selecting any shape/object, line, or text and clicking on it will result in a comment box that has various metadata: who constructed/drew the object or text, when, some measurement data (if applicable) and other data.

VIDEO: Drawing tools