GATOR Images

The Government Access Tool for Online Retrieval (GATOR) contains images of Crown land grants, official plans, survey field books, and wellsite plans.

Image Format

Images come in a number of formats depending on the size and type. Images are not available in all formats, and some are available in a single format only.

Formats include:

  • GIF
  • PDF
  • SID
  • TIF

Black and white images usually come in TIF or GIF format, and colour images in SID or TIF format.

TIF images have a higher resolution and more detail than GIF images, while GIF images download faster because of their smaller file size. View TIF images if the GIF image is not clear or detailed enough, and use TIF or SID images when a high quality print or view is required.

Image Viewers

Image viewers can improve the quality of images printed and viewed from GATOR. Software compatible with GATOR includes IrfanView for TIF images and LizardTech (MrSID) products for SID images. These tools allow you to enlarge, reduce, zoom in or select a portion of an image. For instructions on installing or using the viewer software, visit the software provider pages.

You will need to enable the MrSID plugin before it can be used. The image page displays a MrSID plug-in link. To activate, click on the link and it will indicate if the plug-in is Enabled or Disabled.  

Saving Image Options

What is displayed in the image viewer will be exactly what is saved at the same pixel size. This means that if you have zoomed in on an image, your saved image will only be the part you are currently viewing and not the entire image.

MrSID Viewer 

  1. Zoom to the desired scale or view
  2. Right-click on the image and select the "Save Picture As" from the menu, or select Other Options from the MrSID Viewer toolbar
  3. Select the destination folder, rename image if desired, and select the JPG image format

Normally three image formats available for saving MrSID images from the plug-in are SID, BMP or JPG.

TIF image viewer

  1. Zoom to the desired scale or view
  2. Click on File from the TIF Viewer toolbar and select "Save As"
  3. Select the destination folder, rename image if desired, then select the TIF image format

The TIF viewer plug-in may allow for other image format options.

Internet browser (External View)

  1. Zoom to the desired scale or view
  2. Right click on the image and choose "Save Picture As"
  3. Select the destination folder, rename if desired and select the JPG image format

Do not save images as HTML, SID, or TXT formats as they will not be viewable once saved. 

Manipulating Images

MrSID image viewer

Once your selected image appears, click the second button from the right on the plug-in Toolbar for Other Options. A drop down menu will list the various available options. 

TIF Image viewer

The TIF image viewer provides enhanced viewing and printing quality for TIF format images, but does not reside inside your Web browser. TIF viewers may differ on each computer.

To resize or rotate an image within the TIF viewer, click View on the plug-in toolbar and select the desired option. Images may initially appear at either maximum or minimum zoom. Click Zoom Out or Zoom In on the toolbar to re-size and view the image at the desired scale. You may also choose to fit the image to the window to alter the image view.

Cropped or cut-off images

Some large plan images may look like they are cut off or cropped. These documents have been scanned in their entirety and are available to view. When viewing such an image without the plug-ins, position the cursor over the cropped area and click. This should zoom in and return an image showing the cropped area. If the MrSID plug-in has been Enabled, select the Pan feature to pull up or down the cropped or missing image portion.

Printing Images

GATOR images may not necessarily be printed to scale and should not be considered a to-scale plan or image, and they may be different than the original hard copy documents.

High quality and large images should be printed from TIF or SID formats as they are higher resolution and more detailed. Print directly from GATOR and not a saved file for highest quality results. You may need to make the various print selections options for each print made. 

For best results printing images, choose the correct page orientation and paper size, and use printing options such as "Best fit to page", "Best or Enhanced" print or "Maximum detail". Increasing the image scale to more than 100% can also be useful. 

Printing with the MrSID plug-in enabled

1.    Click on the image and from the MrSID toolbar choose Other Options
2.    Select Print Image and select the printer you wish to use
3.    Choose image orientation, and other printing options such as "Best Quality" or "Enhanced Image" (wording and options will vary depending on printer technology and operating system)
4.    For better image resolution, consider changing the frame size in the MrSID plug-in

Printing MrSID format images without a black border

1.    Click on the image button to Open and View the image
2.    Enable the MrSID plug-in by clicking on the link 
3.    Click on file in the viewer toolbar and select print
4.    Select the "Entire Image" and "Best Quality" options (wording and options will vary depending on printer technology and operating system) 
5.    To print a large size copy, select the large paper size required

Printing large official or survey plans from within the MrSID Plug-in

These are instructions for up to E size or 36" x 48" prints, and your printer is capable of at least 300 to 600 dpi and uses at least 36" paper.

1.    Click on the image button to Open and View the image
2.    Enable the MrSID plug-in by clicking on the link 
3.    Click on file in the viewer toolbar and select print
4.    Select the "Entire Image" and "Best Quality" options (wording and options will vary depending on printer technology and operating system) and choose a printer than can print large size prints 
5.    Select E size paper or 36" x 48" and an enlarged scale, such as 225% and print 

Note the scale option in the plug-in is not accurate and the print dialog box for your printer may have slightly different options.