Metes and Bounds is a program that turns data into a deed plot map. It can calculate square feet, acreage and hectares. It is an excellent program for plotting your ancestor's homestead or farm. It is available for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, iPhone, iPod, and Android.
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Here is a list of features as listed on the Metes and Bounds web site:
Easy to use data entry form: Enter lines, curves and section calls. Data can be entered using the convenient Data Entry Form or freehand using word processor style entry. Calls can also be easily drawn using the call drawing tool.Metes and Bounds is available in two versions: Basic and Pro. Prices vary from $4.99 to $69.95, depending upon version and operating system used. Details are available at http://www.tabberer.com/sandyknoll/more/metesandbounds/metes.html.
Customizable Toolbar: Create an interface that fits to your workflow.
Layers: Layers allow you to have multiple deeds on a single drawing. Layers can be free floating or locked to a common starting point.
Perform calculations: Square Feet, Acres, Hectares, perimeter distance and more.
Metes and Bounds will calculate if the survey closes or not. Calculate closure errors: closing error ratios and the call needed to close the plot. Apply Compass Rule Adjustments.
The Metes and Bounds closing error analyzer tool can look for common entry or survey errors and offer suggestions on how to correct them.
Auto-Completion of drawing. If you're missing the final segment of your land plotting data, let our Metes and Bounds land plotting software finish it for you. Have a bad or missing call? Enter a question mark (?) for the call and let the software find the missing call for you.
Multiple measurement types: Data can be entered using feet, meters, rods, chains, varas and many other measurement types.
Easy to use measuring tool. Estimate the distance between any two points on the screen.
Automatic labeling: Each line can be automatically labeled with the length and call. End points can be marked for easier recognition. End points can also be labeled with information like the interior/exterior angles and Lat/Long coordinates.
Create custom labels. Custom labels can be rotated in any direction. Drawings can include a call list:
Background Pictures. Background pictures can be set to scale with your plot drawing. Background picture scale settings can be automatically set using World Files.
Custom X,Y points. Use custom X,Y points to mark and label unique land features on the metes and bounds drawing.
Split a single plot into multiple plots. Split the plot by hand, or choose a starting point and let the Metes and Bounds software find the nearest halves automatically for you.
Printing: Printouts can include borders, call list, north arrow and title block.
Create section drawings.
Metes and Bounds has been designed to be as compatible with as many different systems and programs as possible.
Exporting: Metes and Bounds data can be exported as DXF files, KML Files, CSV files and more.
Importing: Metes and Bounds can import data from many types of DXF files, KML files, CSV files and more.
Call lists can be formatted for importing/exporting with other deed plotting software such as Net Deed Plotter® by Greenbrier Graphics, LLC.
Real-world X,Y coordinates. Export real-world X,Y coordinates for integration with other mapping software such as GIS software.
Waypoints to metes and bounds calls. Convert a set of waypoints, x/y or Latitude/Longitude based, into a list of metes and bounds calls.
Enter Waypoints and Tracks. Add GPS waypoints and tracks to your drawings. Import GPX and KML files. Make calculations like the distance between two waypoints.
Real-world Latitude and Longitude coordinates. Enter the latitude and longitude for a plot's POB and let the metes and bounds software calculate the latitude and longitude for each of the other end points. A plot's POB lat/long can also be set by UTM datum or World Files.