Charleston, SC (PRWEB) April 09, 2013
Sod Solutions, Inc. has released a new tool for measuring the area of lawns and property. The software is completely web based and uses the Google Maps API. It allows a user to enter an address, zoom in on the property, click to drop pins around the perimeter of the property, and then output the area calculations in real time. You can try out the new Area Calculator Tool Here
"The days of using a measuring tape and area formulas for measuring for new sod or fertilizer applications should now be behind us. Tools like our Map Based Area Calculator make it easy for anyone to get an accurate measurement of their lawn," says Drew Wagner, Sod Solution's Director of Business Development. "I have seen other websites charge for this service, but with the cost of software development decreasing in recent years, we felt that it was time for a free solution available to both homeowners and landscapers. We have developed features in this tool that I have not seen elsewhere, such as the ability to create a predefined shape and email a completed map to a customer or friend."
Using the tool is very simple, and it has many unique features. The area calculation tool is based on what are known as "overlays", which are basically just shaded areas over the map. As a user clicks new points, the overlay is expanded to cover all of the points and a new area calculation is performed. The application allows the creation of multiple overlays so that a lawn with multiple separated areas can be accurately measured. The software also allows "cut outs" from overlays to be made from the tool bar at the bottom of the screen.
The tool bar also includes toggles for allowing labels and pins to be shown or hidden as a user is performing area measurements. Overlays can be moved or rotated using click and drag on the solid dot or rotate symbol. For areas with limited satellite view, a predefined shape feature allows the user to enter in measurement data for a circle, semi-circle, rectangle, or triangle and have the scale size shape appear on the map to be placed in the appropriate area of the lawn. A tutorial is available within the interface to assist in learning to use the software.
About Sod Solutions
Sod Solutions, Inc. is an international turfgrass research, development and marketing company incorporated in the early ‘90s. The company’s primary research facility and headquarters is located near Charleston, S.C. Sod Solutions has released Palmetto® St. Augustine, EMPIRE Turf ® Zoysia, Celebration® Bermudagrass, Sapphire® St. Augustine, Captiva® St. Augustine, Bella® Bluegrass, Discovery™ Bermudagrass, Santee™ Centipede, Covington™ Centipede, Regenerating Perennial Ryegrass®, Geo™ Zoysia, NorthBridge™ Bermudagrass, Latitude 36™ Bermudagrass, HGT™ – Healthy Grass Technology™ and Sunday™ Bermudagrass. For more information, visit our website or call 843-284-2347.