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. Ortelius 2 uses icons more broadly while popover siders and color pickers provide an elegant interface to controls.

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

You can show sidebars on either side of the application window and reposition tabs 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 opening files from earlier versions in Ortelius 2, the files upgrade 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 georeference 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 render seamless intersections with other tracks, taking into account casements and different colors. Ortelius 2’s modern Track rendering forms intersections in two ways:

  1. Junctions – The intersection is rendered seamlessly where the end of one track formally connects with another.
  2. Overlaps – Where one track overlaps with another track on the same layer. The intersection is rendered seamlessly, without requiring a formal connection.

IMPORTANT FOR ORTELIUS 1.9 USERS: When drawing a street network, you are no longer required to break tracks to form junctions at every intersection.

Use Classic Track Rendering

Ortelius 1.9 uses Classic Track Rendering. The classic method renders seamless intersections at junctions where one track formally connects with another track. This classic method requires multiple line breaks for junctions. It does not render seamless intersections where tracks overlap.

To avoid unexpected results, Ortelius 2 uses Classic Track Rendering with map files created in Ortelius 1.9. Optionally, choose ‘Layer > Modernize Track Rendering…’ to use Modern Track Rendering for the active layer. This change does not affect file compatibility and is undoable.

Use Modern Track Rendering

Ortelius 2 uses Modern Track Rendering. We recommend it for all new projects. Modern track rendering makes it much easier to create simple to complex networks.

The modern method renders seamless intersections 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 for Ortelius 1.9.

To show overlapping tracks, use the new overlay style ‘Overpass’ 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 is undoable.

NEW Expandable Layers

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

You can reposition tabs on either 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 apply to an object. When you add a style component, it is “on top” and is logically added to the top of the style component list. Drag to re-order style components.

(In Ortelius 1.9, when you add a style component in the Style Inspector, it is added to the bottom of the style component list, even though it is “on top” as the style was applied to an object.)

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

Apple™ sandboxing has made it unreliable for the Ortelius Image Browser to access media directly from other applications, such as Photos and Photo Booth. With Ortelius 2 you can reliably open or import photos stored in these apps 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.

Access image graphics and SVG files stored in standard Finder folders through the Ortelius 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, BMP, 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.