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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 graphic design program with extended capabilities for mapping. Users should become familiar with its limitations and best practices before working with shapefiles.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sequence Markers, Shields, and Special Symbols

‘Sequence Marker’ symbols are available in the Ortelius built-in library. Sequential marker symbols let you quickly place numbered markers on your map to highlight points of interest. Place Sequential Marker symbols just like any other symbol and they’ll automatically number themselves 1,2,3…

Ortelius is loaded with road shields that can be placed onto roads with route numbers. When “snapped” to a track, shields adopt the attributes of the track as available. When the map data attribute (found in the Object Inspector) ‘Route_Num’ is present for the road, the shield will automatically adopt the route number.

Special symbols can be set to automatically detach from their master when the symbol is created. When symbols are detached from their master they become regular graphics (these can be referred to as clip art).

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Styles and Symbols Palette

Ortelius ships with an outstanding Library of over 1900 uniques styles and editable vector symbols. New styles and graphics can be added to the user’s Library. These are accessible to you from the Styles & Symbols palette while you draw.

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Contour Layer

The Contour Layer enables users to draw cross section elevation profiles and illustrative (fiction) maps. The Contour Layer is a graphic effect which does not rely on data input. It is not intended for applications that require accuracy.

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Border Layer

Adding a Border Layer for a Frame (Neatline) or Background

Ortelius introduces a slick way to add a frame border (or “neat line”) and/or background your map. Styling border layers is as easy as drag-and-drop. These borders coincide with the map margins set during drawing setup.

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