Tiling Large Maps Over Multiple Printed Pages
Printed maps come in all shapes and sizes, but users are limited by the size of paper in your printer. Like a printed map, Ortelius drawings can be larger or smaller than the physical paper size that you have in your printer. If the drawing is larger, Ortelius will automatically tile the drawing over multiple printed sheets, enabling you to print large maps to scale. Choose “Crop Marks” from the Ortelius print options to show the seams between printed sheets. Tiled sheets can be pieced together manually after printing.
For best results, consider your purpose and what size you want for your map during drawing setup. For easy setup, use an appropriately sized blank map template in Ortelius by choosing File > New From Template. Blank templates are formatted for common paper sizes. If you need a different sized layout, change settings by choosing File > Drawing Setup in the main menu.
Related topic: Setting Up a New Drawing.
Shrink To Fit to a Single Page for Printing
When tiling isn’t desired, you can change settings so a drawing will shrink to fit on a single page. Printing options include a simple checkbox for scaling the entire map to a single page by choosing File > Print > from the main menu, then checking Fit to a single page in the Ortelius options.
When fitting to a single page, all objects including text will be shrunk to fit.
Alternatively, your drawing can be printed to PDF format. PDF format is the only export option that exports vector graphics that are fully scalable. Common PDF viewers provide various shrink to fit page printing options.