How to Extract a New Map From a Slice of an Existing Map

Would you like to use just a portion of an Ortelius map or template for a new map? Ortelius 2 introduces three useful features to streamline your map production: ‘Slices’, ‘Extract Slice As New Document’, and ‘Reposition…’. ‘Slices’ lets you define smaller areas of a larger map that can be exported independently. ‘Extract Slice As New Document’ does just that — it exports all the drawing objects and layers covering just the area of the selected slice to a new Ortelius map file. ‘Reposition…’ allows you to change the new map’s drawing size, then resize and reposition the map content as desired. In this advanced tutorial, we’ll show you how to put them all together for your next map project.

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Mapdiva Updates Artboard 2 for macOS High Sierra

Mapdiva today releases Artboard 2.0.7 for macOS High Sierra, drawing software to create crisp vector graphics, logos, icons and illustrations. Artboard features “smart” objects, direct select tool, a powerful style generator and stacked styles that go way beyond simple fill and stroke, providing a wide range of spectacular effects.

Free in-app resources make Artboard 2 all the more appealing. Artboard’s built-in library of over 1900 styles and clip art include a wide assortment of maps, shapes, color swatches, pictographics, floor plan and flowchart graphics and more. And these aren’t just standard clip art images – they are crisp vector graphics that you can completely change the size, color and design of to make your own. Flexible templates help small businesses, students, hobbyist and 2D game designers get started on their projects quickly, such as making business cards, posters, pixel perfect icons, and right-sized social media graphics.

Notable Features of Artboard 2
  • At Your Fingertips Control – New tabbed interface puts what you need at your fingertips, no more digging through menus to find edit commands
  • Smart Shapes – The most advanced smart objects give complete control of shapes and paths
  • Single, Direct Select Tool – Add and remove points, simplify paths, rotate and resize shapes, edit objects through direct and numeric input, move center points, combine objects with Boolean operators, crop and clip photos, reset object’s bounding box, and… much, much more
  • More Powerful Styles Editor – Go way beyond simple stroke and fill styles of basic illustration software. Artboard’s Styles Tab is used to create and edit expert “stacked” styles (including arrowed strokes, rough strokes, pattern brushes, gradients, image tile, patterned and hatched fills, and more)
  • Time-Saving Workflows – Export your drawing, selected objects, individual layers, and/or “slices” of your drawing, at multiple resolutions and scales, supporting multiple Color Spaces. Print shrink-to-fit to a single page, and “poster-tiled” printing over multiple sheets of paper
  • Editable Clip Art and Styles – Includes over 1900 royalty-free fully editable clip art and graphic styles to customize, plus a Library to store your own
  • Photo / Image Editing – Crop, clip, scale, add effects and more
  • Shrink-To-Fit and Poster Tiled Printing
  • Drawing Units: mm, cm, in, pts
  • Expandable Layers
  • Graph Paper
  • Linear & Polar Duplicate
  • Import SVG
Pricing and Availability

Artboard 2 sells for $39.99USD directly from Mapdiva, and is also available on the Mac App Store. A free trial is available from the Mapdiva website. Artboard software is exclusively for macOS.

tips for stitching together multiple map images or aerial photography for a base map

Tips for Stitching Together Images for a Base Map

Existing maps, aerial photography, and screenshots are good starting points for building a custom map. But maybe that large map doesn’t fit on your scanner. Or your area of interest is more extensive than shown on that web map’s window. As a result, you have multiple images that need stitched together in Ortelius. The following tips will help you achieve the best results.

Import images using the Image Browser or drag-dropped directly from Apple’s Finder. Images in Apple’s Photos/iPhoto app may be imported through the Ortelius File menu. Screenshots copied to clipboard may be pasted directly onto your map canvas. Use a separate layer to contain each complete base map.

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