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.
Makes mapping easier.
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 New Document’ does just that — it exports all the drawing objects and layers covering just the area of the selected slice to a new Ortelius map file. ‘Reposition…’ allows you to change the new map’s drawing size, then resize and reposition the map content as desired. In this advanced tutorial, we’ll show you how to put them all together for your next map project.
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 tips will help you achieve the best results.
Import images using the Image Browser or drag-dropped directly from Apple’s Finder. Images in Apple’s Photos/iPhoto app may be imported through the Ortelius File menu. Screenshots copied to clipboard may be pasted directly onto your map canvas. Use a separate layer to contain each complete base map.
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.
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 track tools, powerful style engine, library of expert styles and map symbols, and robust templates.
If you’ve ever tried making a map in a standard vector drawing program, you know how tedious it can be. Or, perhaps you’ve lamented how difficult it is to make publication-quality map graphics in a GIS. Ortelius automates many of the tedious tasks in manual cartography with a clear eye towards high-quality graphics, so you can focus your creative energy on content and design.
Ortelius offers three workflows for map-making:
- Design hand-crafted maps using expert styles, symbols, and special cartography drawing tools.
- Create maps from beautifully designed world, regional and country templates to customize and make your own.
- For advanced users, build maps from shapefiles as a starting point for your next creation.
“We’ve modernized Ortelius top to bottom,” say geographer and co-founder, Dr. Jill Saligoe-Simmel, “from under-the-hood performance to forward-facing features like connectable tracks and automatic junctions.” For Mapdiva’s more advanced users, Ortelius 2 includes the highly-requested ability to align layers when importing georeferenced shapefile map data.
Ortelius uses layers to organize your map’s content. Draw roads on a roads layer, rivers on another layer, points of interest on another, and view them all stacked together. Layers are expandable and can be easily reorganized.
From cased (think double-line) roads to patterned fills, Ortelius’ powerful style engine lets you build expert stacked styles which can be as simple or complex as you desire. It comes with a library of over 1800 pre-built styles and map symbols, and these can be copied or cloned to use as a starting point for your own creations. Since it’s a full-fledged vector drawing program, you can even create your own graphics and map symbols, and save them to your user library to use again with future projects. Ortelius’ workflows are thoughtful and efficient, and features like ‘Global Styles’ let you quickly make changes across multiple objects at once.
Importantly, Ortelius lets you draw to scale. For example, 1-inch on your drawing canvas can equal 1-ft or 1-mile/km on the ground. That’s perfect for maps, landscape plans, floorplans and even technical drawings. Beyond crisp maps and graphics, it also has the ability to import and edit raster images. You can export vector PDF and a variety of image formats at a multiple scales and resolutions. Export your entire map, portions of the map in “slices”, individual layers, or selected objects.
Ortelius 2 is available today from Mapdiva.com for $149.99 (USD)/yr annual license or $399 (USD) perpetual license. It is made exclusively for MacOS. A free trial, get started videos, tutorials and multi-lingual user guide are available on their website.
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.
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Preference settings affect how Ortelius behaves, and they apply to all of your Ortelius documents.
HINT: Many preferences are set in your computer’s System Preferences. To open System Preferences, click the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen, then choose System Preferences.
The toolbar at the top of the Ortelius window gives you one-click access to many of the actions you’ll use when working with drawings. As you discover which controls you use most, you can add, remove, and rearrange toolbar buttons to suit your work style.
As you use Ortelius, you’ll discover which controls you use most. For different drawings, you may have a preferred layout for sidebars. You may want to always use a specific drawing unit for new drawings. Ortelius lets you customize these settings and more to suit your work style.
Some customized settings apply to individual drawings as they are opened and closed, while other settings may apply to all of your drawings.