Johnson Mapping Software

NET Deed PlotterĀ® (Registered & Trademarked name of Greenbrier Graphics LLC )

NET Deed Plotter® draws Metes & Bounds (M&B) tracts and operates in ONLY Windows 7, 8, 8.1 & 10.
(Any Version prior to V5.62 is no longer available. Support for Versions 5.60 and 5.61 still available)
*PLUS a 8-hour Continuing Education Seminar on better understanding M&B and how to get that information into the software is available.
Contact Mike Johnson
for costs, times and locations of the next ones.

NET Deed Plotter® (DP-v5.62)

Frequently Asked Questions

As we support our customers over the years, we notice certain common questions that cannot be made visible enough in the manual to catch every customer's eye. So, before you call, always refer to this topic to see if your answer is given here. If you do call, please be ready to provide us with your version of Deed Plotter® and details concerning your issues.

Q1: "How do I enter a deed call of "east 153 feet"? 
This question applies to north, south, east, and west and any distance.A1: See Cardinal Directions in manual. Be careful when deciding whether calls are valid cardinal directions or are actually defective. "East 153 feet" can be entered as "n90e 153", or "s90e 153". (As long as it is Due 90° East, either "n90e" or "s90e" works. Conversely, a "South 200 feet" call can be entered as "s0w 200 ", or "s0e 200", again as long as it is Due 0 ° South, either the "S0E" or "S0W " works).

Another thought on inputs, there are NO spaces in the bearing, then a space and a distance. Also, there is only 1 dot or period within the bearing, as a separator between degrees and minutesseconds. Just from the way I entered the previous words, please understand that minutes & seconds are runtogether with no spaces or dots. See the examples below.

Say the descriptions you’re reading states: "North 56 °02'05" East for 100 feet", the proper entry syntax would be n56.0205e 100. This call could have been written in the text, several different, "N. 56 ° 12' 5" E. 100 feet". Again the Periods after the "N." and "E." are IGNORED and only the 1 between the 56 degrees and the 2 minutes would be entered. So again the correct entry would be n56.0205e 100 or N56.0205E 100, it is not case sensitive, ("n...E" and "N...e" would also work), BUT there is only 1 dot or period within the bearing. Also note that single digit minutes and seconds, like 2 minutes and 5 seconds, MUST be entered as 02 and 05 in order to be correctly used by the program.

Q2: "How do I enter a deed call of "southwesterly about 135 feet"?
This question applies to any vague direction or distance?A2: You don't. No person or program can solve a deed that has several bad deed calls. Reject worthless descriptions. Do keep in mind that Deed Plotter® may solve some descriptions that have a defect, for an example see the next question.

Q3: What do I do with a description that reads, North for 100 feet, West for 100 feet, thence to the POB (Point of Beginning)? Obviously, the intent is clear, but what is the bearing and distance to get back to the POB?"
When you press F2 or click and draw, the shape displays on screen. When you activate the tract by clicking inside, the missing closure information will be showing in the right hand side of the three tiles beneath the bottom button bar.

For this example, the tile will display, as shown on the left to be South 45 °00'00" East 141.42 feet. So, if you used this call, the program would force this description closed, back to the POB.

In cases like this, where the description you are drawing has only 1 questionable call & you have confidence ALL of the other calls, you can use "?", on that line to force closure. When you draw the map, the program will calculate the missing call to make the rest of the calls work. So, if you placed a "?" on Input Line #3 and drew the map you would see that the closure line of s45.0000e 141.42 would show on screen and when you returned to the input window, the "?" would be replaced with "s45.0000e 141.42 ?". The "?" stayed on the line to remind you that this was it call that the program calculated for you. Go ahead and delete the "?" if you want.

Let’s expand this example and say that the description you’re reading uses the first two calls from above, then says: "thence to the POB around a curve to the left, with a radius of 100 feet". What are you going to now? To draw most curves, you need at least 3 pieces of data.

When you are inputting a curve in the Deed Plotter®, you type the word "curve" and the "Curve Data Window" opens, as shown on the right. Then, you input everything you’ve been given. Under the scenario above we only know two things, curve to the left and radius = 100 feet.

We really do know one more element, if you think about it. What is the "s45.0000e 141.42" (straight line that was calculated a minute ago with the "?"), as it related to a curve? By definition, the straight line that touches both ends of a curve is called the Chord (also know as 'long chord').  So, knowing that, you could input s45.0000e in the Chord Direction slot and 141.42 in the Chord Length slot. So now when you draw you would see a shape looking like a piece of pie.

So, when you are missing some curve data, but DO have the left or right and the radius, the program will allow you input a "?" and those the two elements. So, on input Line #3, if you inputted "?L100" (no spaces) then press return. Now press F2 to draw and see that you now will see a "piece of pie". Click inside and see that the closure is again force close around a curve. Now when you press ESC, ESC, back to the input window, you will see that the "?L100" has been replaced with "curve ?". Now backspace out the "?" and press the Enter to open the Curve window.

WOW, look at all of the calculations, that the program has made for you. We knew the curve Direction and Radius and the Chord Direction and length should look familiar, but it filled in the rest








Q4:How do I place Deed Calls on the boundary lines or Circle the Corners of a tract?"
First you activate the tract (page 13 of paper manual); then click on theMap Menu and select the appropriate menu option. To activate a tract, simply place the mouse in it

(or within the imaginary closure if the parcel is not closed), and click the left mouse button.

Q5: How do I move the tracts (and text) relative to the paper?"
Though this is not difficult, use the greatest of caution so you don't lose sight of them! See Moving All Tracts and Text Relative to the Paper in the manual.

Q6: "How do I hide some of the deed calls for a tract in my printout?"
Use Asterisks before each entry that is to be suppressed. Don't confuse this with the turning on or off of all deed calls. (Example: *n45e 100 would screen off the bearing. By using 2 asterisks in front of the bearing (**n45e 100), both bearing and distance would screened off). That's all there is to it.

Q7: How do I properly offset a tract that has deed calls before the "True Point of Beginning"?"
Place a slash mark ( "/" ) in front of those calls that offset the true P.O.B. There are several examples of this in the manual and a brief example on this Web Page (below) .

Q8: How do I place multiple tracts (multi-tracts) in their proper position?"
In Townships and Sections this is usually done by offsets; however, any multi-tract can be moved with the mouse. Most customers prefer to move the tracts with the mouse. Any corner of any tract can be snapped to fit any corner of any other tract. The manual walks you through an example of this.

Q9: Why will the editor not accept a rectangular formatted tract?" (Example= "north 100 feet of the southwest of the northwest...")
It will. Do not place "@0" on this or the preceding line. You are probably confusing this with a metes and bounds reference to a standard section. The example above would be entered as "n100,sw,nw,5,3n,4e." (We assumed section 5, township 3 north, range 5 east.) A metes and boundstie to a section would begin with a '/' mark.

The following example entry ties a simple metes and bounds tract to a section corner. The "/s34.01e 200" is a call to the true point of beginning. Ignore this example if you don't have calls to the True Point of Beginning, and you are not working with standard government sections.

"@0" would precede the following example, IF it was not the first tract entered AND it was not a rectangular formatted tract.

/s34.01e 200
n90w 200

Using the "/" on input line effects the program two ways. First, this line is now NOT included in the main parcels closure precision and area calculations. Second, it is now visually screened off the map, BUT it is will there doing its job. The function of this line is still in effect, so the parcel will still be in the correct relative location from the starting point, to the True POB.

If you need to see the offset lines, BUT NOT have them in the area calculations, there is another option. Just a quick note to make you aware that this is NOT a recommended method because if a parcel with the following technique is Merged in to another file, all of the @#s will be wrong.

But, it is possible to see both the offsets and the parcel without effecting the area and closure. Following is a method to show both, by using the @ on the line where the POB call is located does work, but at the same time creates another parcel. Therefore, the offset will show as a non-closing parcel, rather than the actual tract. Do you care that the offset description creates a non-closing tract. NO !

Then, for the following you need to remove the "/" from Line #2, then on Line #3, press the insert key to open a new empty line. Move the cursor to this new Line #3 and input @3. I Then after the @3, 1 might add "Parcel #2" text. Now when you draw this you would see that both the one offset call (s34.01e 200) and the rest of the calls, but now with the @, it is separated into two tracts.

s34.01e 200
@3 Parcel #2
n0e 100
n90e 200
n90w 200

If you drew this plot and then clicked File-Print Preview, then zoomed in a couple of times, the following part of the data box would be found.


Again with the @3 on Line 3, this description has been separated into two tracts. Tract 1 is the offset and not intended to be a closing parcel. Therefore you should not be surprised to see that the closure for Tract 1 is n34.0100w for 200 feet, which is exactly the opposite direction of the offset line. And the 0 acres is also correct as there is no area in a line.

Then the reported Tract 2 being 0.459 acres (or 20,000 sq.ft.) is correct and there is NO closure error with precision is effectively 1 in a million.

Update Info:

Our current release (version 4.20) has the following changes and enhancements relative to its immediate predecessor :

The most important changes found in Deed Plotter®+ for Windows, Version 4.20 are improvements of existing features. For example, all releases of Deed Plotter+® for Windows permitted tracts to be moved with the mouse, but this release identifies tract corners, makes tract motion precise, and makes the use of the mouse much easier.  The information is more complete and is now shown in status bars located below the slide button bar and just above the Start bar. A list of changes and new features follow:

  • Tract Hatching will be the same color as a tract.
  • Enhanced metafiles (wmf) are supported.
  • "Wmf" files and "dxf" files can be saved to any path .
  • Scale is visible in tract mode.
  • Tract information is shown in status bar panes.
  • Tract number, corner number and edito r line indicated in the editor.
  • Deletion of files permitted from within program.
  • Provides three methods to rotate tracts .
  • Improved Zooming .
  • Added " Metric " option in the Map Menu.
  • Revised Deed Conversion (again).
  • Added Numeric Keypad option for editor input.
  • Trained mouse to sense tracts and identify corner numbers.
  • Mouse can be used to draw a tract .
  • Text can be aligned or moved along a margin.
  • Precise directions and distances can be easily measured with mouse.
  • Overlaps and gaps can be directly measured.
  • X, Y and Lat/Long coordinates accepted.
  • Areas in Acres and Square feet always shown.
  • Two question marks per tract permitted if partial data is known.
  • Increased length of corner label note to 30 characters.

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