How to Export a Cropped Portion of Your Orthophoto From a Measurement

The Propeller Platform allows users to download data in numerous file formats for third-party software use. This article explains how to download a custom survey or portions of your survey. However, you can also download the entire survey area.

How do I download a custom export of my orthophoto?

 1. Create a polygon (or toggle on a measurement) around the area you need to export. 

 2. Click on the three dots to the right of the measurement.  Click Export.

You can select options to export a measurement.

  • Orthophoto via Email
  • Outline
  • Surface
  • Contour

Orthophoto via email

Select Orthophoto via email and choose the file type from the dropdown.

The available file types are:

  • GeoTIFF
  • JPEG
  • JP2 / JP2000
  • PNG
  • KML

Use the provided slider to configure your export, including full or custom resolution and image format. To change the image format, click on the dropdown arrow next to GeoTIFF.

You can download a corresponding World File and/or PRJ file. These files need to be included with your custom export for a JPEG.

The final step is to use the provided slider to set your file resolution.  You can also type your desired resolution in the input field up to three decimal places.

Some programs do not support BigTIFFs. Trimble Business Center (TBC) can open BigTIFFS if the corresponding world files are selected for export. If you'd like to download your orthophoto as a regular GeoTIFF, consider starting with a medium-resolution export. 

Finally, click EXPORT.

You will receive an email indicating your custom orthophoto export is being processed. The time to process your orthophoto will depend on the size and resolution of your export.

Once your orthophoto has finished processing, you will receive an email with a download link.

Can I share the file?

Yes! To share the file, you can forward the email, and the recipient can use the download link in the email. 

Does the download link expire?

The download link will expire after 14 days.


To export an outline of your measurement, choose Outline, then the file type from the dropdown menu. Outline exports are available in DXF and KML format and will download automatically to your computer.



To export a surface of your measurement, choose Surface, then the file type. Surface exports are available in DXF format and will download automatically to your computer.



You can also download a DXF file of the contours. Select Contour from the file options. The DXF file will download automatically to your computer.

I still can't do it!

We wrote these articles to equip you with everything you need to get the job done on your own, but we understand that sometimes this isn't sufficient. If you're stuck, the Propeller data success team may be able to help. You can contact our support team by clicking the support tab on the top-right pane of your user portal.