Working with attribute data is an advanced feature available in both Standard and Professional editions. An attribute is information about a map feature stored as data behind the object.
Specialized mapping software rely on map attribute data for analysis and data visualization. But standard graphic design programs typically do not recognize map attribute data. Ortelius combines the smarts of high-end mapping programs with the graphics of an illustration program. These attributes are common with map data imported from Shapefiles* (and are often associated with Ortelius Professional edition features).
Check the Object Inspector > Attributes pane to see what attributes are available, if any.
From the Object Inspector, attributes can be added and edited. Use the “+” button to add an attribute.
The following attribute types are available:
String – use for names and any other non-numeric information.
Integer – use for numeric information that can’t be divided less than 1, for example population 45,341.
Real Number – use for numeric information that can be divided less than one, for example average occupancy 4.5 per household.
Boolean – use for yes/no or on/off information.
Preference – Double-Click Opens Attribute Editor
To set preference so double-clicking an object opens the Attribute Editor, open the preferences dialog by choosing Ortelius > Preferences in the main menu.