Ortelius Users' Showcase

http://www.mapdiva.com/portfolio-item/fire-fighter-response-maps/

Somewhere an alarm blares and firefighters quickly put on their gear and jump onto a fire engine to rush to the scene of a blaze. In the front cab, a captain uses the radio and fumbles through a more than 100-page binder of addresses to find the exact location of the call.

In a job where one or two minutes can mean the difference between someone living or dying, Cathedral City, CA, Fire Engineer Terry Martin has found a way to shave a few more precious seconds off response times in his city, using maps made in Ortelius and viewed on iPads.

“Before, when we would get a call, we would have to pull out a map (using old-fashioned binders) and navigate to a grid number and then look for a specific address,” he said. “The addresses are so small in the book that bouncing down the road at 2 a.m. and trying to pick out a number or street name when you are half asleep was kind of difficult. Plus, turning on the lights in the cab would make it very difficult to see.”

So Martin customized some iPads they had for his department. He used fire-resistant material that firefighters use for their coats and made a cover for the iPads so that they can resist the desert heat, dust and/or any other danger they may encounter in the front seat of the fire engine. He took all the information from the three-ring binders and combined them into easy to use digital maps. Using Ortelius, Martin built the maps then exported them to PDF so they would be zoomable without loss of resolution. He uses ”PDF Pro” for iPad as the viewing app. The maps, which can be scrolled through with a touch of a few fingers, include hydrant locations, housing-complex layouts and other critical information firefighters need. “We can add whatever we want to these maps, from trash shoots to exit points,” he noted.

Now, the devices are being used in every paramedic truck, fire engine and chief’s vehicle that the Cathedral City Fire Department has in service. Cathedral City Fire Chief Robert Van Nortrick said the digital mapping lets his firefighters find addresses faster and the devices are much easier to use than the bulky binders of the past.

Martin, a 24-year veteran on the job, was twice honored as the Cathedral City Fire Department “Firefighter of the Year” at the 17th and 18th annual Peace Officer and Public Safety Awards in Palm Desert.

See more examples of this project in the Ortelius Users’ Showcase.

2015 Map Competition Announced

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) Annual Map Competition is under way. Cartographers and mapmakers in the United States and Canada are invited to submit their maps to one of the following categories:

  • Reference – A map whose objective is to show the location of a variety of different features.
  • Thematic – A map whose objective is to illustrate a theme or the relationship among several themes.
  • Book & Atlas – Atlases and books use original maps as the primary or significant communication device.
  • Recreation & Travel – A map designed to assist readers in recreation or travel.
  • Interactive & Digital – A map designed for digital media; it should include some sort of interactivity or animation.
  • Other – A map that does not fit into any other category (e.g., globes, art pieces).

Last year, Ortelius cartographer Rhonda Lerner was awarded Honorable Mention for her map, “Rhonda’s Centro Histórico Guide & Street Map of San Miguel de Allende” in this prestigious competition.
Submissions are due February 1st, 2015. The online submission form and further directions are available at www.cartogis.org/awards/contest.php.
(Note, Mapdiva is not affiliated with this competition.)

Ortelius 1.9.6 Released

Today we release Ortelius 1.9.6, a qualified version for use with OS 10.10 “Yosemite.” This version fixes a serious bug that affected outlined/masked text and labels that was introduced with Yosemite, along with a few other minor bug fixes. It is a free update for all existing users.

If you do not have automatic updates activated, choose Ortelius > Check For Updates from the main menu.

Please be aware there is a known issue with this release. Apple’s Yosemite has introduced an issue with poor response using pinch zoom gestures on the trackpad. Several other software are reporting this issue as well. We have submitted a report to Apple and hope they will address it soon. In the mean time, we have fine-tuned it as much as possible, but understand pinching to zoom does not give the same satisfactory experience we have had in the past and expect. We are keeping a close eye on this.

Read the complete Release Notes.

Artboard 1.9.4 Released

Today Mapdiva announces the availability of Artboard 1.9.4. New in this release:

ENHANCEMENTS:
• New ‘Very Fine’ smoothness setting for the Freehand Path tool is added to the Artboard > Preferences.
• ‘Ultra Fine’ drawing mode added for detailed drawing with the Freehand Path tool (for example, while zoomed-in). Hold down the Option-key while drawing with this tool.

FIXES:
• Multiscreen crash while moving a document to another screen.
• Crash entering Versions Browser.
• Single text box handles multiple text styles without getting overwritten by a single text style.
• Ungrouping a text box having multiple text styles getting overwritten by a single text style.
• Ungrouping a text box having bidirectional text (e.g., Arabic) getting overwritten by a single text style.
• High-resolution images becoming lower resolution after editing.

Artboard is a full-featured graphics design app for creating vector drawings and illustrations. Design logos, posters, floor plans, technical drawings, fun fashions, web graphics, and more. Unlike pixel-based images, vector graphics are composed of editable objects that are infinitely scalable. Artboard 1.9.4 is a free update recommended for all users.

Knowing Where You’re Going: New York City

In this newly published New York City guidebook, author James Schmitt used Ortelius to create dozens of color-keyed maps. James’ intimate knowledge of Manhattan is apparent as soon as you look at the beautifully rendered maps. Streets where restaurants or retail stores can be found are colorfully highlighted, making it easy to plan either a shopping or dining excursion in whichever part of the city you’re exploring. Neighborhood attractions, points of interest, parking, and mass transportation options are all clearly designated.

The maps in “Knowing Where You’re Going: New York City” were created using Ortelius Cartography software. “This project took quite a few years to produce, and I’ll never forget the day early on when my husband Jim discovered Ortelius by doing a search for cartography software online,” said Donna Schmitt about using Ortelius. “He was so thrilled to find it, and it made the process so much easier and the end-result so much more professional than anything he could have done by hand.”

By James C. Schmitt, now Available on Amazon.com

Rhonda’s Centro Histórico Guide & Street Map of San Miguel de Allende

Finally, a different kind of map! Enhance your experience in San Miguel de Allende with this very usable, high-quality, fully-detailed street map and Centro Histórico Guide. Cartographer Rhonda Lerner uses Ortelius to create a map that is packed with information, is well-organized, and easy to access.

It was 800 hours of computer time for the entire creation, plus untold hours spent walking up and down each street in the downtown collecting business cards to include their shop/restaurant, etc. in the guide. “One Sunday we traveled for two hours in our golf cart throughout Colonia San Antonio to record the one-way streets. Lots of one-way arrows there!,” says Rhonda about the map.

Do you want to know where to go eat, visit, shop and explore while in San Miguel? The guide features more than 295 listings for Bakeries, Bars & Dancing, Cafés, Cooking, Culture, Dining, Galleries, Liquor & Deli, Organic, Outdoors, Schools, Shipping & Mailing Services, Shopping, Street Food, Theater, Transportation and Wellness, Spa & Beauty. ATM and currency exchange locations are quickly found. Want to save some pesos? Find out where to buy the VIP San Miguel Restaurant Club Card. The street map features 72 Colonias and Barrios defined by color, one-way street arrows, pedestrians-only zones, hospitals, rivers, parks, bridges, highways, UNESCO World Heritage & Centro Histórico boundaries. All maps are drawn to scale.

Visit Rhonda’s Map to view more images and order this wonderful online (available on high-quality coated paper and digitally on the Avenza PDF Map Store).

Artboard 1.9.1 Released

Today we released a minor update to Artboard 1.9. A bug with rough strokes not being updated when working with certain objects was fixed. A bug with opening files containing invalid objects ignoring other content was fixed.

Ortelius 1.9 Released

Today, we released the latest version of Ortelius. The headline feature is massive performance improvements, especially when working with very large files. Ortelius 1.9 provides numerous bug fixes and adopts a modern, flatter appearance. It is a free update for all existing users.

What’s New
  • Major performance improvement when drawing. Gains are particularly noticeable on very large projects with thousands of objects.
  • Major performance improvement when reading and writing files – 60x to 100x improved, depending on content.
  • Major performance improvement when closing documents. Particularly noticeable on very large projects – closing a document is now near instantaneous, regardless of its complexity.
  • Opening large files now shows a progress dialog if the operation will take more than a few seconds. However with the performance improvement above, this will only be seen rarely. Multiple files can now be opened concurrently.
  • Added ‘Default User Collection’ to Library Manager menu. This nominates the collection used by default for added styles and symbols.
  • Template Browser will reflect changes made outside the application (e.g. in Finder) live in the browser.
  • Symbol Stamp tool now has command-click pick-up of any symbol, giving it the same convenience as other tools.
  • Style component transforms are now implemented using a new style group type, rather than having transforms directly supported by only certain components. This allows transforms to be applied to all components, either singly or in sets. This is a much more flexible and performant approach. Previous uses of individual component transforms are automatically migrated to this design.
  • Preferences can now be reset/deleted directly within the app by option-clicking the Preferences menu item.
  • Improvements to full screen support.
Bug Fixes
  • Hit-testing of text items in groups had a bug making text only clickable where it rendered an actual pixel. In addition, rotated or scaled groups were not taking the transform into account when hit-testing. These bugs added up to difficulty in selecting text for editing when embedded in a group.
  • Library migration tool was throwing an exception, causing problems when upgrading from version 1.0 or earlier.
  • Some further bugfixes with bad values causing graphics errors on 10.9. This could prevent some files from opening. Objects are now validated when a file is opened and invalid ones are removed automatically.
  • Pan (Hand) tool now operates correctly even if active layer is locked.
  • Errors arising while importing a shapefile are now correctly reported on the main thread.
  • Scalebar title will now update from map scale if it’s changed.
  • Cloning a style on a track with a linear selection now does the expected thing – the style within the selection is changed and edited by the Style Inspector. In addition, using Linear Select on a multi-styled track displays the style under the selection in the SI for editing.
  • Style components can now be deleted from within a rasterizer group directly.
  • Older archives having terminated tracks did not suppress the drawing of the terminator when it was connected to a parent track. The effect was that the terminator showed on top of the junction. This has been fixed.
  • Rough strokes are now properly updated when flipping a path.
  • “Show in Library Manager” greyed out for items in the the temporary document collection, which does not appear in the LM.
  • Clicking in another window (such as a palette) during path creation no longer creates a path point that has wildly incorrect values. Instead the resulting event is ignored.
  • Autoscrolling now disabled for pan tool which eliminates juddery scrolling at the edges of the view.
  • Older documents that have a prescale value of 0% or have the information missing are now opened with a prescale value of 100%.
  • Documents containing large numbers (thousands or more) of sequenceable symbols no longer cause extensive delays when opening the file.
  • Other minor fixes.
Other Changes
  • Exporting a collection now sets the default filename for the collection.zip to the library name, instead of “untitled”.
  • A flatter appearance for several UI elements has been adopted, such as toolbar buttons, section headers and the title header for the Layers sidebar.
  • Editing of styles in use by a symbol are now undoable.
  • Default drawing size changed to give an exact number of whole kilometre squares at the default scale. This is now 15 x 11km at 1:25,000, with a 2+2cm margin.
  • Watermarks for Education and Beta editions changed to use Zapfino font since previously used font is no longer available on 10.9 by default.
  • Double-clicking a scale bar opens the Object Inspector on the “Features” tab which edits SB parameters.

Artboard 1.9 Released: Text Styles, Performance Boost and OS X Mavericks

Today, we released the latest version of our app, Artboard 1.9. Artboard is a full-featured graphics design app for creating vector drawings and illustrations. Design logos, posters, floor plans, technical drawings, fun fashions, web graphics, and more. Unlike pixel-based images, vector graphics are composed of editable objects that are infinitely scalable.

The headline feature for Artboard 1.9 is the addition of text styles. While text could always have style properties, now those text styles can be saved to the library for future use, shared, and applied to multiple text objects at the same time. Like all graphic styles, Artboard’s style dropper tool can now pick up styles from text objects and apply them to other text objects. This feature makes Artboard’s already flexible text tools even more powerful. In addition, text can now be placed and edited immediately, and we’ve added the Esc-key as a new shortcut to end editing text and other objects.

Artboard 1.9 adds the ability to transform any style effect through its new “transform” style group settings. The many style effects can be layered together and used in unlimited combinations for spectacular effects.

Below the surface, for version 1.9, we’ve provided massive performance improvements, especially when working with very large files. This includes improved performance when reading files – up to 60x to 100x faster than previous versions. Artboard 1.9 provides better full screen support and is optimized to work with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Some of the more subtle interface updates include the adoption of a modern flatter appearance for several UI elements, such as toolbar buttons, section headers and the title header for the layers sidebar. A new, friendlier in-app and online User Guide adds the finishing touches to this polished update.

As always, this is a free update for existing users. Artboard is available for $29.99 USD on the Mac App Store. Please consider updating your review for version 1.9 on the Mac App Store. Your support is what makes us successful – thank you!

Release Notes:
  • Enhancement: Massive performance improvement when drawing, especially when there are many objects.
  • Enhancement: Massive improvement in performance when reading a file – 60x to 100x faster. Very noticeable on big complex projects.
  • Enhancement: Opening files that take a while show a progress dialog to provide some feedback. Files are opened in the background which otherwise means the user might not see anything happening if it takes a while. However, with the performance boost above, not many files take long enough to trigger the progress.
  • Enhancement: Massive improvement in performance when closing a large or complex document – now near instantaneous.
  • Bugfix: Some further bugfixes with bad values causing graphics errors on 10.9. This could prevent some files from opening.
  • Bugfix: Arc tool now operates correctly on OS 10.9 where null values were reported that caused crashing.
  • Bugfix: Pan (Hand) tool now operates correctly even if active layer is locked.
  • Bugfix: Autoscrolling now disabled for pan tool which eliminates juddery scrolling at the edges of the view.
  • Change: Exporting a collection now sets the default filename for the collection.zip to the library name, instead of “untitled”.
  • Change: A flatter appearance for several UI elements has been adopted, such as toolbar buttons, section headers and the title header for the Layers sidebar.
  • Bugfix: Style components can be deleted from within a rasterizer group directly.
  • Enhancement/Change: Style component transforms have been reimplemented using a much better design, where the transformation is performed by a new rasterizer group class. This means any and all style components can be transformed, singly or in groups as desired. Old-style transforms are automatically migrated to the new structure. All UI pertaining to old-style transforms has been removed, and the SI has additional UI for the new transform group component. This also boosts drawing performance in the general case because components no longer need to consider whether transformations are required and can simply go ahead and draw.
  • Enhancement: Preferences can now be reset fully within the app using option+(App) -> Reset Preferences… menu. This replaces any instruction to “trash the prefs” though this is something very rarely required.
  • Bugfix: Rough strokes are now properly updated when flipping a path.
  • Bugfix: “Show in Library Manager” greyed out for items in the the temporary document collection, which does not appear in the LM.
  • Change: Improvements to full screen support.
  • Bugfix: Clicking in another window (such as a palette) during path creation no longer creates a path point that has wildly incorrect values. Instead the resulting event is ignored.
  • Enhancement/Bugfix: Direct (Finder) changes to folders and files in the user’s template directory are now reflected live in the Template Browser as necessary.
  • Bugfix: Export of ‘selection only’ now honours clipping mask, if there is one, for all formats (Artboard). Note that for Export of the whole image, if the clipping mask is set to show, it will be rendered in the exported image for non-PDF formats.
  • Change/Workaround: Tooltips assigned to the buttons in the tool palette are now generated by combining the internal tool name and its key equivalent, then looking up a localized version in a strings file. This makes the tooltips automatically track key equivalent changes and works around a bug in Xcode 5.0.2 where tooltips assigned to NSMatrix cells in IB are lost.
  • Change: “Text > Table” menu item removed as tables are currently not able to be supported in text boxes.

Artboard Rated Best Mac Drawing Software 2014!

Best Mac Drawing Software 2 years running!

“Artboard Mac drawing software offers ample features, tools and usability components to help you create any artwork you want for personal and professional purposes…

This vector-based application offers shapes that include stars, polygons, rounded rectangles, arcs, wedges and more. It has a series of palettes – including styles and clip art, a fonts palette and a colors palette – to help you easily create digital designs.

Artboard scored well in all of our rating categories – Features, Tools, Usability and Help & Support – with the most overall offerings of any product on our list. It’s the winner of our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.

Mapdiva at MacWorld | iWorld January 26-28, 2012

We are attending Macworld | iWorld January 26 – 28, 2012 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. If you are in the area we’d love to see you!  Drop us a line and we’ll send you a FREE guest pass. These guest passes are valid for registrations received through January 11, 2012, so let us know soon!