Entries by Mapdiva

Add a North Arrow

Maps typically indicate which way is north. Commonly this is done by a north arrow or compass rose. Orientation may also be shown by graticule or grid marks (e.g. lines of latitude and longitude). By convention north is towards the top of the page (thus some maps do not have north arrows), but the orientation […]

Add a Map Legend (Map Key)

Legends, also called map a “key,” define the meaning of symbols and styles used on a map. The choice to include a legend depends on your map’s purpose and your audience. Maps do not need legends if the symbology is so common or simple as to be easily understood by the reader. However, it must […]

Scale Bar

In Ortelius, a scale bar is a dynamic object, and will adjust based on changes in scale from the Map Size & Units window. The scale bar is automatically calibrated based on the drawing scale settings and placed on the active layer.

Import Shapefile

Professionals often use digital mapping software called “geographic information systems” (GIS) to manage and analyze mapped data. These data, often in the form of "shapefiles" can be imported from other sources into Ortelius, with some limitations. Importing shapefiles is an advanced topic for users familiar with GIS. Ortelius is not a GIS, it is a […]

Import SVG

SVG is a file format for scalable vector graphics. SVG 1.1 files may be opened by Ortelius directly from the Finder window, or imported through the Image Browser. SVG files are converted into Ortelius native files upon opening.

The Image Browser

The Image Browser provides quick access to your Pictures folder. Attach other folders as desired. Drag thumbnails to import the following file formats: PNG, JPG, non-editable PDF, and TIFF images; editable vector SVG files. Use the Geometry Tab to edit images.

Library Manager

Ortelius ships with an outstanding Collection of over 1900 uniques styles and editable vector symbols. New styles and graphics can be added to the user’s Library. Use the Library Manager to manage items in the library.

Creating New Symbols

Graphics, images, and text can be used to create new symbols. Symbols cannot contain other symbols, nor can they contain tracks. A graphic containing multiple objects must be grouped before turning into a symbol.

Placing Adornments on Tracks

An adornment is any object, symbol, text, or image that is snapped to a connectable track. Once placed as an adornment, the object becomes a property of the track. Adornments will move when the track is moved.