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 […]
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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 […]
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.
Ortelius 2 supports import and georeferencing of multiple shapefiles. This can be a powerful way to start your next map, but it can sometimes negatively affect performance or produce unanticipated results. This guide will help you understand key features and limitations of working with shapefiles in order to achieve the best results.
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 […]
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.
Use your computer’s camera to take and add pictures directly to your drawing canvas.
Images in Photos, iPhoto and Photo Booth may be opened as a new drawing file, and/or added to an existing drawing.
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.
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.
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.
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.