Workflow Changes from Ortelius 1

If you’re an Ortelius 1.9 user, knowing about these workflow changes will smooth your transition to Ortelius 2.

NEW Ortelius 2 User Interface

Ortelius 2 User Interface

The new tabbed sidebar consolidates the user interface and exposes many new features. It puts more features at your fingertips, rather than tucked away under menus, inspectors and palettes. Icons are used more broadly to visually represent functions, while popover siders and color pickers provide an elegant interface to controls.

  • The Styles Tab replaces the Style Inspector.
  • The Geometry Tab replaces the Object Inspector and the Geometry panel of the Layers List.
  • The Text Tab replaces use of the Apple Font palette and Object Inspector > Features pane.
  • The Attributes Tab replaces the Object Inspector > Attributes pane.
  • The Layers Tab replaces the Layers sidebar.

Sidebars can be shown on right, left or both sides of the application window, and tabs may be re-positioned among them.

NEW Scale Handling

Ortelius 2 makes fundamental improvements in the way drawing scale, measurements and map scale work. Those improvements required changes to the file structure. When files from earlier versions are opened in Ortelius 2, they are automatically upgraded to the new file structure. This change affects backward compatibility.

WARNING:Files opened by Ortelius 2.0 will not scale correctly in older versions. If you are an Ortelius 1.9 user, make a backup copy of your existing files before using Ortelius 2.

NEW Shapefile Import Support

Advanced users will appreciate that shapefiles of the same projection are now georeferenced on import. This means when you import shapefile map data with the same projection/coordinate reference system (CRS) the layers will properly align.

Rendering shapefiles in a vector drawing system is still demanding on the graphics engine, and new guidance is available for working with shapefiles.

NEW Modern Track Rendering

Connectable tracks automatically form seamless intersections with other tracks, correctly rendering intersections and taking into account casements and differing colors. With Ortelius 2’s modern Track rendering, intersections are formed in two ways:

  1. Junctions – Where the end of one track formally connects with another, forming a parent-child relationship.
  2. Overlaps – Where one track overlaps with another tract on the same layer. The intersection is rendered seamlessly, even though no formal connection is made.

IMPORTANT FOR ORTELIUS 1.x USERS: When drawing a street network, you are no longer required to break tracks to form junctions at every intersection. Rather, overlapping tracks may be used.

Use Classic Track Rendering

Classic Track Rendering was used in Ortelius 1.x. Seamless intersections are rendered only at junctions, where one track connects with another track forming a parent-child relationship. The classic method required multiple line breaks for junctions. Seamless intersections are not rendered where tracks overlap.

To avoid unexpected results, Classic Track Rendering is automatically used with map files created in Ortelius 1.x. It is applied on a per-layer basis. Optionally, choose ‘Layer > Modernize Track Rendering…’ to use Modern Track Rendering for the active layer. This change does not affect file compatibility and may be undone.

Use Modern Track Rendering

Modern Track Rendering is used with Ortelius 2 and is recommended for all new projects. Modern track rendering makes it much easier to create simple to very complex networks.

Seamless intersections are rendered at junctions and overlaps of tracks on the same layer. When drawing a street network, you are no longer required to break tracks to form junctions at every intersection as was necessary in Ortelius 1.x.

Where rendering overlapping tracks is desired, the new overlay style ‘Overpass’ may be applied with the Linear Select tool similarly to inserting a bridge.

Optionally, choose ‘Layer > Use Classic Track Rendering…’ to use Classic Track Rendering for the active layer. This change does not affect file compatibility and may be undone.

NEW Expandable Layers

View, select, name, and reposition every object in the layer stack.

The Layers Tab and others can be repositioned on the left or right side of the Ortelius window. If you prefer a more compact view of the layer list with smaller icons, right-click within the Layers Tab and choose ‘Compact View’ from the contextual menu.

NEW Logical Display Order of Style Components

In the Ortelius 2, the Styles Tab displays the list of style components in the same stack order as they are applied to an object. When a style component is added, it is “on top” and is logically added to the top of the style component list. Style components may be dragged to re-order.

In Ortelius 1.x, when a style component was added in the Style Inspector, it was added to the bottom of the style component list, even though it was “on top” as the style was applied to an object.

NEW Import Apple ‘Photos’ and ‘Photo Booth’ media through the File > Open Menu

Apple(TM) sandboxing has made it unreliable for the Ortelius Image Browser to access media directly from other applications, such as Photos and Photo Booth. Photos stored in these apps can now reliably be opened or imported through the ‘File > Open’ menu.

  1. Choose ‘File > Open’ in the main menu.
  2. In the bottom left sidebar, hover the cursor to the right of ‘Media’ to reveal ‘Show/Hide’ and click ‘Show’ as needed.
  3. Select an image and click ‘Open’ to open the image as a new document, or drag an image onto the active layer to import it into the current drawing.

All image graphics and SVG files stored in standard Finder folders continue to be accessed through the Image Browser.

NEW Slices Layer

This unassuming feature is deceptively powerful. Draw one or more slices, name them as desired, precisely size them, and use them for batch export. Export multiple “slices” of your map with precision… perfect for publication.

  • Export Options – Expanded export options include GIF and BMP (in addition to PDF, PNG, JPG and TIF), plus new options to batch export individual layers, slices or selected objects as individual files.

NEW Extract Slice as New Map Document

Create a new map document from a slice of an existing map document.


NEW Reposition Content

Need to shift your map a bit to the right? Or make it bigger or smaller? With ‘Reposition’ you can now move and scale your map content across all layers at once – one of your most requested features!

NEW Map Templates

Choose from a variety of beautifully designed built-in map templates. More templates are coming to the Ortelius web store.

There’s More

These are some of the most important workflow changes for Ortelius 1 users. View the complete release notes here.