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    Mapdiva offers a *free Ortelius Academic Semester License for students, faculty and staff at approved academic institutions.
    *$9.99 processing fee applies

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Ortelius is a professional level vector drawing program for producing publication-quality maps.

Maps help you share your findings, visualize relationships, and tell a story of what has been… or what might come.

Ortelius excels at helping you draw maps that don’t otherwise exist. This unique professional creativity app is a hybrid between a vector drawing program and a geographic information system (though it’s decidedly not GIS).


The Walker Party, Map 2, Across New Mexico and Arizona Territories and up the Hassayampa River, 1861-1863, Burggraaf

Tailored Resources

Learn Ortelius at your own pace.

Being part of the Ortelius Academic Community, you have full access to exercises, tutorials, and a suite of creative resources for the classroom.


Our Commitment

Have the power to be creative.

…to explore.
…to communicate.
…to captivate.
…to unearth understanding.

Each year, Mapdiva donates nearly 20% of our licensing to empower students’ spatial creativity and support classroom education.

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Term of License

This license grants you nonexclusive use to the Software for five (5) months upon activation. The license is free for all students, faculty or staff at approved academic institutions. By purchasing a license for education, you hereby confirm you are a currently a student, faculty, or staff of an accredited academic institution (requires a valid academic domain email address and name of school for verification; a processing fee will apply).

The Ortelius Academic Semester License is granted for classroom and instructional use only. Approved uses include classroom instruction, student research papers, posters, presentations, theses, and dissertations. License may be used with a single (1) computer. Software carries a subtle “Ortelius 2 • For Educational Use Only” watermark.

The Ortelius Academic Semester License is not for professional use, academic publication and/or computer labs. Annual and Annual Volume licenses are available for professional academic presentation and publication, university lab- and department-wide quantity licensing.