We released some new features to MyDistrictBuilder this week. Here’s a tally of what’s new:
- Building by Places (Cities) – So you want to build districts entire cities at a time? Now you can! Previously you could build by County, VTD or Blocks. You will see the Places was added to the drop-down menu. Quick suggestion – it is sometimes easier to see Places (city boundary lines) if you change the Bing Maps view from Aerial to Road.
- Data Grid – You can sort the Data Grid now by column.
- KMZ files – You can now Save and Open plans in KMZ format. KMZ is a file format that in the long-run will allow people to view your redistricting plans in multiple types of applications, and it also brings summary-level data along with the file.
- Note, when you click on Open System File, you now have a choice of opening Florida’s existing Congress, House and Senate maps in either KMZ or DOJ.
- KMZ is also a faster option for opening a file.
- When you go to Open your saved redistricting plans, you will notice that you have a drop-down choice of either KMZ or DOJ.
- Submit – Yes, there is a Submit button now under the File tab. No, it doesn’t work yet. If you are ready to Submit a full or partial redistricting plan, we are ready to accept. Click Submit, and give us a call at the number that appears. The button will be fully operational soon.
- Preferences – There’s now a Preferences tab. At present there is only one feature there, a District button that allows you to set the ideal population for districts. This is especially useful is you are going to use MyDistrictBuilder for building local government district boundary lines. More features to come.
- Save and Lock – When you Save in the future, if you saved with the Lock on for one or more districts, the Lock is saved.
As always, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.