I have searched the home page for the "terrain profile" tool but have not found why I am getting error when trying to utilize it.

Any ideas?

I have a polyline and 4 dems ready to run the tool.enter image description here Would like to export the profile as an image and excel file.

  • When does the error appear? What are you trying to do at that point?
    – underdark
    Jun 4, 2014 at 18:05
  • I am clicking on "Add Layer" with the polyline highlighted.
    – sirgeo
    Jun 4, 2014 at 18:31
  • If I remember correctly, you just have to click on the line in the map while the vector layer is active. The "Add layer" button is only for the raster layers.
    – underdark
    Jun 4, 2014 at 19:06
  • After selecting the polyline nothing happens... an I missing something with "while the vector layer is active"?
    – sirgeo
    Jun 4, 2014 at 19:12
  • Click on the line while the profile tool is active. I don't mean the usual select tools.
    – underdark
    Jun 4, 2014 at 19:15

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The "Add layer" button is only for the raster layers.

To get the profile for a certain line:

  1. activate the line layer (= highlight it in the layer list)
  2. activate the profile tool (in the toolbar)
  3. click on the line feature on the map
  • ..and also make sure you have chosen 'Selected polyline' and not 'temporary polyline' within the profile tab of the Profile tool (the cursor will change to a hand from a cross)
    – user19425
    Jul 14, 2014 at 9:37

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