Plans are technical drawings and two-dimensional diagrams used in architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, and engineering. A key component of a plan is drawing “to scale” where units in the drawing are proportional to real world units, such as 1-inch in the drawing equals 1-foot in the real world. Use Artboard’s scale feature to draw […]
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Selecting the right font family(s) for your next map can be a daunting task. We’ve scoured hundreds of font families to find the best Mac system fonts for cartography so you don’t have to.
Lemonade Day empowers today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Children are introduced to entrepreneurship through the real world experience of starting their own business – a lemonade stand. By running their stand, they learn the business and life skills needed to set a goal, make a plan and work the plan to achieve their dreams. […]
Art Kalinski from Geospatial Solutions visited the 28th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association, held July 2-7, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Here he speaks with Jill Saligoe-Simmel of Mapdiva as she demonstrates Ortelius map design software for the Mac.
“Slices” are smaller areas of your drawing you can set as an optional method for export. Slices allow you to export portions of your drawing separately, such as when designing user interface icons or buttons. Slices are also commonly used to divide an image into smaller sections, for example for use on an HTML webpage. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Use Artboard’s ‘Path Decorator’ style component to build custom brushes, like this double-helix.
Here’s how to create a custom style from your favorite built-in Library styles.
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an open-standard vector image format for two-dimensional graphics. SVG graphics are available from many sources, and here we show how to import and edit a graphic from OpenClipArt.org, a free and public domain source of SVG clip art (Mapdiva is not affiliated with OpenClipArt.org).
Creating social media headers and graphics can be a real pain. We’ve incorporated the latest specs into Artboard’s social media templates so you can focus your energy on content and design.