Sequential marker symbols let you quickly place numbered markers on your map to highlight points of interest. Place Sequential Marker symbols just like any other symbol and they’ll automatically number themselves 1,2,3…
Ortelius provides several ways to re-order sequence numbers to fit the way you work best:
Delete re-orders the sequence
After placing a series of Sequence Markers, if a marker in the series is deleted the remaining markers will automatically renumber so there are no gaps in the sequence.
Grouping re-orders sequence
Grouping two or more markers in the sequence will automatically renumber the grouped markers, placing the grouped markers at the end of the sequence.
Use Object Inspector to re-order sequence
Change a the sequence of a marker from the Object Inspector – Features pane. Select a marker and use the up and down arrows under “Sequence” to edit the selected marker’s sequence number.
Edit > Symbols > Sequence to re-order sequence
Changes to the sequence can be made by selecting a marker and choosing options from Edit > Symbols > Sequence in the main menu. Options include “Move to start,” “Move to end,” “Move backward,” and “Move forward.”
Sequence markers can be switched to different types, such as numeric (1,2,3…), alphabetical (A,B,C…), roman numeral (I, II, III…), by choosing Edit > Symbol > Sequence > or from the Object Inspector – Features pane and choosing the type.
Related Topic: Creating Custom Sequence Markers.
Ortelius is loaded with road shields that can be placed onto roads with route numbers. When “snapped” to a track, shields adopt the attributes of the track as available. When the map data attribute (found in the Object Inspector) “Route_Num” is present for the road, the shield will automatically adopt the route number.
The symbols that support the ‘%%Route_Num’ attribute all contain the word “Shield” in the symbol name. Open the Symbols palette and under Symbols enter ‘shield’ in the search bar. All the shield symbols will appear.
Route numbers can be added to linear tracks in the Object Inspector. For example, if you are drawing in highways (using a Track tool) you can add a new attribute called “Route_Num” and the associated value(s) through the Object Inspector – Attributes pane. Note, you can select one or more track at a time to add this attribute. For example from a workflow perspective, if you have a lot of roads you can select all your roads and add the attribute “route_num” to them all at once, then keeping the Object Inspector open just click through each one to add the value. When you place a shield onto the track, it will automatically adopt the route number. You can right-click a shield on a track to align it to the track or not.
For standalone symbols (such as when showing a shield in a legend), add attributes such as a ‘Route_Num’ attribute directly to the symbol. Alternatively, right-click the symbol and choose New Label to add and edit the text. Note that the label can be repositioned to the center of the symbol.
Embellishments and Legend/Key
Embellishments, such as this cartouche, are examples of special symbols. These objects are saved in the Symbols Library for convenience and when placed can accept labels or be detached from their master for additional editing.