Scale Bar

In Ortelius, a scale bar is a dynamic object, and will adjust based on changes in scale from the Map Size & Units window. The scale bar is automatically calibrated based on the drawing scale settings and placed on the active layer.

To Insert a Scale Bar

Before adding a scale bar, set the scale of your map. See these related topics: Ruler and Scale and Setting Up a New Map.

To insert scale bar:

  1. Choose a layer on which the scale bar is to be placed.
  2. Choose Edit > Insert Special > Scale Bar from the main menu.

Use the Select [s] tool to drag the scale bar to reposition it, and drag its object handles to change the width of the scale bar.

To Format the Scale Bar

Use the Select [s] tool to select the scale bar.

In the Geometry Tab, edit the scale bar options as desired. The following settings are available:

  1. TITLE – Show/hide and edit the scale title.
  2. PRIMARY SCALE – Show/hide the primary (top) scale and edit the text label. This item takes its units settings automatically from the current scale and index grid.
    • Divisions  – Number of subdivisions of the primary scale.
    • Label Interval – The skip interval of labels along the scale. For example, if “2”, every-other label is drawn, if “1” all labels are drawn.
  3. SECONDARY SCALE – Show/hide the secondary (bottom) scale and edit the text label. This is a derivative of the primary scale.
    • Divisions  – Number of subdivisions of the primary scale.
    • Label Interval – The skip interval of labels along the scale. For example, if “2”, every-other label is drawn, if “1” all labels are drawn.
  4. SECONDARY SCALE UNITS – Select the units for which the map secondary scale is to be presented.
  5. ALTERNATING COLORS – Scale bar uses alternating colors. Click the color wells to edit colors.
    • Barred – Includes decorative barring when checked.
  6. EXTENDED – Scale bar has extended markers when checked. Set the height of the scale bars as desired.

With the scale bar still selected, choose the Text Tab to edit font properties as desired.

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