Ortelius 1.1 Now Available

Ortelius 1.1.1 Now Available

On the heels of our latest update, Ortelius 1.1.1 is a minor update that adds iPhoto integration to the Image Browser, provides additional keyboard shortcuts, and fine-tunes the Library Manager’s Open Documents collections.

Ortelius 1.1 is a major upgrade that introduces many enhancements and a brand new Library Manager for managing map styles & symbols. This upgrade is free for existing users. All of the many new features are extensively documented in the Ortelius built-in Help Book (also available User’s Guide). Here we highlight a few of the most notable features…

Symbol Palette

Ortelius 1.1 provides improved usability with the Symbols Palette and tightly integrates it with the new Library Manager. Here are the major new features:

Double-Click to Apply Symbols & Styles

No more accidentally applying styles to your selected objects. Now, double-click is required on any style or symbol to apply it to the selected objects instead of a single click. An alert will ask you to confirm the application of the new style. The alert can be turned off and on in the Ortelius > Preferences menu as desired. What’s more, the double-click to apply style now works with all tools so you can use it while you draw without switching to the Select tool. Click-hold and drag can also be used to apply styles and symbols to objects.

Integrated Symbols & Styles in the Palette

Styles and symbols now reside together in the Symbols Palette without the need to switch between panes. The palette is sensitive to your active tools. Styles are active – indicated with highlighted buttons – when you are using tools that are appropriate to working with styles. Symbol are active, for example, when using the Symbols Stamp tool. Inactive styles or symbols are still visible, but are slightly grayed out.

Drop-Down Menu and Navigation

The Symbols Palette is now tightly integrated with the new Library Manager. In the Symbols Palette, the drop-down menu reflects the libraries, collections, categories, and subcategories of the Library Manager. Forward and back buttons assist you to quickly navigate among previously used styles and symbols. Bread-crumb navigation at the bottom bar help to quickly recognize which library is active. A list view is now available so you can see symbol and style names.

Library Manager

Ortelius 1.1 introduces a professional-level Library Manager that greatly improves the management and sharing of map styles and symbols. The Library Manager provides the interface for you to manage your symbol collections, as well as create and edit new symbols and styles. Here are the major new features:


The Library Manager contains three libraries – the Mapdiva Library, My Library, and Open Documents Library. Ortelius delivers with the Mapdiva Library containing a Built-In Collection with over 1700 styles and symbols. Items in this library cannot be edited, though they can be reorganized into various categories and subcategories, and also copied (cloned) by dragging into My Library for further editing. My Library is the primary location of user-created symbols and styles. User styles and symbols created in pre-version 1.1 of Ortelius are automatically migrated to My Library on first launch of Ortelius 1.1. The Open Documents Library is populated with temporary ad hoc items (styles and symbols that are not part of any permanent Libraries) that are read when an existing file is opened. Temporary collections are automatically assigned for each open document using the same name as the document. Dragging items from the Open Documents Library to a collection in My Library automatically copies (clones) the items and saves them for future use.

Collections, Categories & Smart Categories

Ortelius 1.1 introduces the ability to create and share discrete collections of styles and symbols. Collections are added to My Library to manage items by project, theme, or otherwise as defined by the user. Collections can be exported and shared from the Library Manager – Action Menu. Categories and smart categories (think of these like “play lists” in iTunes) help to keep your collections organized. Collections and categories can be printed from the Library Manager – Action Menu.

Items and Info

Symbols and styles can be displayed in icon or list views. An Info button on the toolbar will display detailed information about each item, including its description if available. Double-clicking any item opens either the symbol editor dialog or Style Inspector, for symbols and styles respectively.

Symbol Creation

Symbol creation is now tightly integrated with the Library Manager. When you create a new symbol using Edit > Create Symbol…, it is immediately added to My Library in the Library Manager and a dialog is opened to name the symbol, add a description, and apply settings.

Many More Enhancements…

We’ve been busy! Several other feature enhancements, bug fixes, and performance improvements are included. An exhaustive list of changes is available here. To learn more about any feature, visit the built-in Help Book or the User’s Guide.