There is a difference in the use of symbols, depending on the scale and style of the map. On small-scale maps, cities are usually shown by circles and dots; on large-scale maps by their streets. Medium-scale maps can fall somewhere in between and offer an opportunity to express the map’s unique style.
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Indianapolis, Indiana – US-Australia-based developer Mapdiva today releases Ortelius 2 creative map design software for the Mac. This unique professional creativity app is a hybrid that lies somewhere between a vector drawing program, such as Illustrator™ and a geographic information system (though it’s decidedly not GIS). Ortelius adds tailored functionality for cartography, such as connectable […]
Over the past few years, the software industry has changed around us. In particular, two trends have significantly impacted independent developers: 1) Updates to the Mac operating system (MacOS) have become annual events that require significant investment to maintain compatibility and customer support, and 2) Perpetual licenses have become increasingly unsustainable and difficult for developers […]
If you’re an Ortelius 1.9 user, knowing about these workflow changes will smooth your transition to Ortelius 2.
Changing the opacity of all features on an Ortelius’ Drawing Layer is now easy as pie. Unlike the master opacity of individual styles, changing a Drawing Layer’s master opacity affects all features and respects the object stack order within the layer.
German? Japanese? French? We’ve taken our User Guide online and added Google Translate to the mix. If you prefer viewing it in a language besides English, here’s how.
Gradient fills are often used to shade objects for a realistic look. Using a gradient fill is limited because the gradient steps don’t always run in the same direction as the shape of the object. Here we show how to create blended stroke and fill styles for the desired effect.
Save time and effort by creating a custom Library Collection for your next project. Keep all your custom clipart and styles at your fingertips and organized.
Time saving tricks and pitfalls to avoid to create crisp icons for user interface design. While some of the topics are specific to Artboard, this guide will help you create pixel perfect icons regardless of which vector software you use.
Cropping and clipping images to complex shapes has never been easier. Simply double-click an image and adjust its bounding box and reposition image. Add a complex shape to clip the image with Intersect.
When you export an image from your drawing, its dimensions and resolution are based on a combination of your drawing settings and your export settings. You can change the scale and resolution of your drawing when you export it. Here’s how…
So, you’re upgrading from Artboard 1 to Artboard 2. Congratulations! This is our quick guide to what’s new and how to upgrade.