Using Templates

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Ortelius delivers with templates for backgrounds, blank standard paper, and several world, regional, and country outline maps. When you first open Ortelius, the Template Chooser is shown by default. Included templates are of varying paper sizes and designs, some of which are sized for poster (tiled) printing or can be shrunk to fit to a single page upon printing.

When you save a drawing created from a standard or custom template, the modifications will not affect the original file. That is, the template itself remains untouched.

To Display (or Hide) the Template Chooser when Launching Ortelius:

  1. Launch Ortelius (first time) or choose File > Template > New From Template… from the main menu.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • Check (or uncheck) ‘Show this window at launch’ to be presented with the template window each time you open Ortelius.
  • Open Ortelius > Preferences… Options in the main menu and check (or uncheck) ‘Show Template Chooser when launching application.’

To Open a New Drawing from Template:

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  1. Choose File > Template > New From Template… from the main menu.
  2. Browse the folders of included templates, or your user templates (if any), and choose a template as desired, or “Cancel” to skip templates.

To Edit Template Files:

  1. Open a new file from template.
  2. Within any given template, drawing objects are placed on different layers to keep objects organized. Click onto a layer to make it active. Use the Select [s] tool and click an object within the active layer to select it. Add or delete objects using the drawing tools to customize.
  3. To edit text, use the Select [s] tool and double-click the text to edit it.

To Create Your Own Templates:

  1. Create a new drawing.
  2. Choose File > Templates… > Save Copy As Template to create your own template (a copy of the file is stored in the Template Chooser under a folder titled ‘My Templates’).

To Manage ‘My Templates’:

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To access user-created My Templates files to rename, delete, or back-up your files, they are saved to a special folder.

In Mac OS 10.7 and later:

  1. Choose File > Template > New From Template… from the main menu.
  2. Click to select a template (it will be highlighted in green when selected).
  3. Right-click the selected user template and choose “Reveal In Finder” from the contextual menu.

Alternatively, in Finder hold the OPTION-key down while choosing Go > Library in the main menu. Find the following folder:

Mac OS 10.7 and earlier
~/Library/Application Support/com.mapdiva.ortelius/My Templates, where ~ is your home directory

Mac OS 10.8+
~/Library/Containers/com.mapdiva.as.ortelius/Data/Library/Application Support/com.mapdiva.as.ortelius/My Templates

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Using the Index Grid Layer

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Maps, such as city and road maps, often use an index to assist the reader in finding specific locations. An index grid is superimposed over the map and is typically annotated with letters and numbers around the edges of the map border. For example, many map readers are familiar with finding a road located in grid cell “G-4.” The Ortelius Index Grid, visible on the Index Grid layer, has flexible controls for adjusting grid cell spacing, border styling, colors, and more.

To Show (or Hide) the Index Grid:

The Index Grid is visible by default when a new drawing is created.

  1. Click the Index Grid “show” (eye) icon in the Layer’s list to show (or hide) it.

To Edit Index Grid Settings:

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  1. Open File > Map Size & Units… > Index Grid from the main menu.
  2. Click check boxes to edit left, right, top, and bottom Index settings. The following options are available:
  • turn ON and OFF annotation
  • turn ON and OFF borders
  • change from letters to numbers
  • rotate annotation
  • reverse the order of annotation
  • edit border settings, such as line width, gap, and color

3. Edit Grid Spacing, including divisions, majors, and color.
4. Edit the Horizontal and Vertical Annotation, including start numbers, increments, placement, and font.

HINT: The Index Grid is dependent on the map scale and affects other derived objects such as Scale Bars.

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Using Templates

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Artboard delivers with dozens of templates for backgrounds, blank standard paper, and popular layouts. When you first open Artboard, the Template Chooser is shown by default. Included templates are of varying paper sizes and designs, some of which are sized for poster (tiled) printing or can be shrunk to fit to a single page upon printing.

To Display (or Hide) the Template Chooser when Launching Artboard:

  1. Launch Artboard (first time) or choose File > Template > New From Template… from the main menu.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • Check (or uncheck) ‘Show this window at launch’ to be presented with the template window each time you open Artboard.
  • Open Artboard > Preferences… Options in the main menu and check (or uncheck) ‘Show Template Chooser when launching application.’

To Open a New Drawing from Template:

  1. Choose File > Template > New From Template… from the main menu.
  2. Browse the folders of included templates, or your user templates (if any), and choose a template as desired, or “Cancel” to skip templates.

To Edit Template Files:

  1. Open a new file from template.
  2. Within any given template, drawing objects are placed on different layers to keep objects organized. Click onto a layer to make it active. Use the Select [s] tool and click an object within the active layer to select it. Add or delete objects using the drawing tools to customize.
  3. To edit text, use the Select [s] tool and double-click the text to edit it.

To Create Your Own Templates:

  1. Create a new drawing.
  2. Choose File > Templates… > Save Copy As Template to create your own template (a copy of the file is stored in the Template Chooser under a folder titled ‘My Templates’).

To Manage ‘My Templates’:

To access user-created My Templates files to rename, delete, or back-up your files, they are saved to a special folder.

In Mac OS 10.7 and later:

  1. Choose File > Template > New From Template… from the main menu.
  2. Click to select a template (it will be highlighted in green when selected).
  3. Right-click the selected user template and choose “Reveal In Finder” from the contextual menu.

Alternatively, in Finder hold the OPTION-key down while choosing Go > Library in the main menu. Find the following folder:

Mac OS 10.7 and earlier
~/Library/Application Support/com.mapdiva.artboard/My Templates, where ~ is your home directory

Mac OS 10.8+
~/Library/Containers/com.mapdiva.as.artboard/Data/Library/Application Support/com.mapdiva.as.artboard/My Templates

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Using the Graph Paper Layer

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A layer called ‘Graph Paper’ is included in all new drawings, and is hidden by default. The graph paper layer is customizable. Graph paper can be hidden or revealed in exported and printed works.

To Turn On Graph Paper:

Do one of the following:

  • Click “show” (eye) icon to the right of the Graph Paper layer name to make it visible.
  • Choose File > Graph Paper Settings… to open the Graph Paper setup dialog and check the box to make grid lines ‘Visible’.
  • Right-click the Graph Paper layer and choose ‘Show Graph Paper’ from the contextual menu.

To Change Grid Line Colors, Rulers and Spacing:

Grid line spacing, colors, and rulers are customizable.

  1. Do one of the following:
  • Choose File > Graph Paper Settings… to open the Graph Paper setup dialog.
  • Right-click the Graph Paper layer and choose Graph Paper Settings… from the contextual menu.

2. For grid line spacing, change the following settings:

  • Span – the distance between graph paper primary grid lines, displayed in current drawing units.
  • Divisions – minor subdivisions between grid spans.
  • Majors – major lines encompassing several spans.

3. For colors, do one of the following:

  • Click ‘Theme based on:’ color-well and choose a new color for your graph paper. Semi-transparent colors are recommended. Automatically generated shades represent span, divisions, and majors based on your color choice.
  • Click ‘Or’ and click the color-wells to change the color independently for span, divisions, and majors. Semi-transparent colors are recommended.

4. For ruler labels, change the span line setting.

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To Enable (or Disable) Isometric Grid:

The familiar Cartesian grid for graph paper is used by default. Optionally, display an isometric grid to assist with drawing in perspective.

  1. Do one of the following:
  • Choose File > Graph Paper Settings… to open the Graph Paper setup dialog.
  • Right-click the Graph Paper layer and choose Graph Paper Settings… from the contextual menu.

2. Choose ‘Type: Isometric’ from the drop-down menu.
3. Change grid line settings and colors as desired.

To Enable Snap to Graph Paper:

When ‘Snap To Graph Paper’ is enabled from the main menu, object handles, centroids, and points snap to the intersections of grid lines regardless of whether the Graph Paper layer is visible or hidden.

  1. Turn on (show) the Graph Paper layer.
  2. Choose Graphic > Snap To > Graph Paper from the main menu.

To Enable (or Disable) Automatic Snapping when Graph Paper Layer is Visible:

By default, automatic snapping is enabled when the Graph Paper layer is visible. Objects snap to the intersection of grid lines when Graph Paper layer is visible, and do not snap when the layer is hidden.

  1. Open the (App) > Preferences… Editing menu.
  2. Check (or uncheck) the ‘Snap to graph paper when graph paper is visible’ option.

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Snapping to Grids, Guides and Other Objects

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The snap-to settings create hot spots to which points, center points, and object handles will snap when active.

To Snap to the Graph Paper Grid:

Snap to graph paper creates an invisible set of evenly spaced hot spots which make object points, center points, and handles move in even increments. Grid spacing is based on the graph paper settings. See Using the Graph Paper Layer for more information about its setup.

1. Show (click the ‘eye’ icon in the Layers list) the Graph Paper layer. By default, objects will snap to grid when graph paper is visible, and not snap when graph paper is hidden. This setting can be changed in the application Preferences dialog.

Or do one of the following:

  • Choose Graphic > Snap To > Graph Paper from the main menu. Objects will snap to grid, whether the graph paper layer is visible or not.
  • Choose (app) > Preferences… Editing and check ‘Snap to graph paper when graph paper is visible’. Objects will snap to grid when graph paper is visible, and not snap when graph paper is hidden.

HINT: To avoid the Freehand Path tool producing choppy or “stair stepped” lines, make sure ‘Snap To’ settings are turned off.

To Snap To Guides:

Snap to guides creates hot spots along layout guide lines, to which points, center points, and handles will snap. Guide must be placed before objects will snap. See Rulers & Guides for more information about adding guide lines.

  • Choose Graphic > Snap To > Guides from the main menu. Objects will snap to guide lines, whether guides layer is visible or not.

To Snap to Other Objects:

Snap to other objects creates hot spots at object points, center points, and handles. Other objects’ points, center points, and handles will snap to these hotspots as their handles are dragged.

  • Choose Graphic > Snap To > Other Objects from the main menu.

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Artboard’s Isometric Grids

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For a quick way to add some perspective (pun intended), Artboard 1.6+ now offers isometric grids along with our standard graph paper options. Bonus: check out the boat-load of new isometric shapes in the editable vector Clip Art collection. Read more »

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