Welcome to Ortelius 2

Ortelius excels at helping you draw maps that don’t otherwise exist. It is a graphic design program for creative cartography.

Ortelius 2 User Interface

Ortelius User Interface

Ortelius’ new user interface puts everything within easy reach. Show, hide or rearrange Tabs. The result is a uncluttered workspace that’s a pleasure to use. The familiar MacOS interface consists of the following:

  • In the main window, the toolbar provides quick access to commonly used functions.
  • The tabbed interface puts everything at your fingertips. Use the Styles Tab to create and edit styles, Geometry Tab to adjust objects, Text Tab to modify font properties, Attribute Tab to view object data, and Layers Tab to keep your drawing organized.
  • Super smart Drawing Tools with Dimension Display make it easier than ever to draw shapes, paths, text, and more. Specialized Cartography Tools support map design.
  • Over 1700 royalty-free vector styles & symbols are included, plus a User Library to store your own.
  • Main drawing canvas.

Access functions through the main menu located along the top of the screen.

Workflow Changes from Ortelius 1

Ortelius 2 is a significant upgrade from previous versions of Ortelius. If you’re an Ortelius 1.x user, knowing about these workflow changes will smooth your transition to Ortelius 2.