1. Draw Metes And Bounds Description
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  3. Free Metes And Bounds Plotter

Deed-Chek is the easiest deed plotting software available and is the best solution for real estate attorneys, title companies, appraisers, assessors and ancestry research. Easy deed entry, easy deed plotting. Automatic deed reader can plot deeds and metes and bounds descriptions from a text file! Draw the deed, then check area and closure. Plotter, the editor is a word processor editor. For example, when you press the ENTER key, a line break will occur. Many metes and bounds descriptions can be read directly from your word processor. A powerful Analyze menu option helps solve tracts that have poor closure. Online deed plotter software. Check deeds quickly. Subdivide existing deeds with just a few clicks. For Mac, Windows, MacBook, iPad, Chromebook and Android devices. Generate legal descriptions. Enter metes and bounds. Best deed plotting software online. No surveying or engineering knowledge required.

Drawing (platting) the boundaries of a land parcel can offer additional insights to the land record. The term “platting” generally refers to property that is described in metes and bounds. The term “graphing” is more applicable to rectangular survey (township and range).


Determine if the same amount of land was sold as was purchased. If not, this is a clue as to other records of acquisition or subdivision.

  1. Distinguish same name individuals in the same county.
  2. Identify common neighbors—which might lead to other records to consider.

Plotting Land Descriptions by Hand

  • Land Platting Made Easy - Thoughtco

Commercial platting software

  • Deed-Chek by Emerald Data, Inc.
  • DeedMapper by Direct Line Software
  • Deed Plotter by Greenbrier Graphics
  • Map Draw by Informatik, Inc.
  • Muncy's Plat Pronto by B.W. Muncy, Inc.
  • platplotter - free

Platting State Lands on Maps

  • DeedMapper by Direct Line Software
  • Metes and Bounds - Metes and Bounds Software for Mac OS X, Windows and iOS
  • MapRight - Plotting metes and bounds
  • Definitions of many words used for metes and bounds surveying is at http://genealogy.about.com/library/glossary/bldef-metesandbounds.htm

For additional information

E. Wade Hone, Land and Property Research in the United States (Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, Inc., 1997), has a section on platting metes and bounds (pages 89-96) and a section on graphing township, range, and section (pages 173-176).

Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, “Land Records,” in Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, eds. The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2006), includes a sidebar, 'Creating a Plat,' by Mary McCampbell Bell, CG, p. 438.

Links to U.S. Land and Property-related articles
Beginning Research • Federal Land States • Indexing Systems • Inheriting Land • Land Grant Process • Land Patent Search • Land Terms and Definitions • Maps • Measures • Metes and Bounds • Platting Land • Rectangular Surveys • State Land States • Township and range finding tools
Case files • Deeds • Grants to states • Headrights • Homestead • Land companies and railroads • Lotteries • Military bounty land • Mining claims • Private land claims • Timberland • Tract books
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African Americans • American Indians • Germans from Russia • Tracing Immigrant Origins

Draw Metes And Bounds Description

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Turn a property deed or legal description into a plat drawing.
Supports many units of measurement. Including: feet, meters, and varas.
Calculates the area, perimeter and closing error of the plot.
Includes the ability to auto-complete a tract if the last call isn't defined.
Work with multiple tracks in the same drawing.
Want to do even more with the plotted tract? Files can be sent via email to the computer version of Metes and Bounds. And the computer version can export files that can be sent via or imported using iTunes and opened using this software.
Provides X,Y coordinates for the tracts endpoints.
Have some old family land maps from your genealogy searches? Plot them using measurements such as rods, chains and spans.
Realtors can use this application to quickly show potential buyers what a piece of property looks like.

What’s New

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
iOS 8 Support.

3 Ratings

Screen freezing

It's great when I'm not frozen in the middle of adding a line. Love the features but tired of turning off my iPad to reload.

Almost 4 stars

I do enjoy this app, particuarly since I bought it to help us find a missing chunk of land that doesn't have a deed- but I would really prefer being able to open an email attachment- I don't always have time to go home and download an updated file from iTunes. Dropbox interface would work too. If I could access files more easily between my ipad and my computer, I would give it 4 stars. I would also love to see a panning features that doesn't actually move the parcels, just the view. The scale button is nice, but I can't see larger parcel groups.

Metes And Bounds Plotting

Almost worth 4Stars

Don't give up on this app. It is a bit clunky, Nevertheless, the app does a decent job providing closure, acreage, etc. It might take several uses before you realize how powerful the app can be.
I use this every day at work, verifying our documents.
I would like to have the ability to edit an entered call (currently, an entry can only be deleted and re-entered).
Having the ability to enter the degrees on the left side of a decimal and then the minutes and seconds to the right of the decimal, in a single cell, would speed entering calls (currently, there is a window for each).
If the developers can address the previous two issues, I'll give this app four stars. If they can find a way around Apple's lousy number pad and give me a 10-key, so that i don't have to consider whether I want to enter $, ?, or ! for a call, I'll give this app five stars.


App Privacy

The developer, Sandy Knoll Software, LLC, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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4.8 MB
Requires iPadOS 6.0 or later.
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