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AAG Session: Geography on the Mac

Mapdiva is pleased to present the “Geography on the Mac” session at the 2011 Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA on April 12-16.

Geography on the Mac is becoming an increasingly viable option in the geography curriculum as technologies continue to change and evolve. While Mac market share has been steadily on the rise, particularly among student bodies, the platform has historically been weak in supporting geography-related tool sets. That landscape is changing with new software being introduced and the opening of the platform to support the Windows operating system (OS). This session is designed to showcase a variety of geospatial Mac OS applications that are being used within the academic environment as integrated classroom research and learning tools.

Presenters:

  • Gaige B Paulsen, Using GIS for Crime Analysis on the Mac (Cartographica)
  • Kazimierz Zaniewski, Mapmaking with Cartes et Données
  • Larry Biehl, MultiSpec for Remote Sensing
  • Daniel Strebe, Introduction to Geocart 3 Map Projection Software
  • Jill Saligoe-Simmel, Introducing Map Design with Ortelius for Mac OS

Sponsored by the AAG Cartography Specialty Group.

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Ortelius 1.1 Introduces Professional Map Symbol Management

07.27.10 Indianapolis, Indiana – Today Mapdiva, LLC released Ortelius 1.1 map design software for Mac OS X. Ortelius 1.1 is a major update which introduces a professional-level symbol Library Manager and many workflow enhancements. This update is free for existing users.

Ortelius is a vector-based drawing program made especially for map design and presentation. Ortelius offers a creative solution for floor plans, landscape plans, scaled drawings, and a wide variety of high quality custom map graphics.

Experience a greatly improved approach to managing large collections of cartography symbols. With Ortelius 1.1, Mapdiva has paved the way to some exciting developments, including web-based cartography collections supplied by Mapdiva and shared by Ortelius users themselves. This update greatly enhances symbol management performance and work-flow flexibility.

Ortelius 1.1 enhancements include:

  • Quick application of new symbols with double-click action in Symbols Palette
  • Tightly integrated Symbols Palette and Library Manager
  • Improved navigation of Libraries and Collections
  • Symbol Library featuring flexible categories and smart categories
  • Enhanced JPG, PDF, PNG, TIFF, and export options
  • Advanced style & symbol views, including info with optional descriptions
  • Improved performance and workflow for style and symbol creation
  • Ability to copy layers among documents

Ortelius 1.1 ships with over 1700 built-in styles and symbols, including architecture, boundaries, land cover, transportation, trees and plants, water, and weather. Users can create the maps they want using the built-in Mapdiva Library, as well as create and share their very own symbol collections.

Features of Ortelius 1.1 Standard Edition:

  • Drag-and-drop interface
  • Dozens of fully editable vector map templates
  • Automatic junctions and style transitions
  • Direct intelligent labeling
  • WYSIWYG drawing and editing
  • Layers and layer groups
  • 20 special drawing and cartography tools
  • Advanced typography tools

Pricing and Availability:
Ortelius software is a dedicated map graphics program for Mac OS X. Ortelius Standard Edition is available for $99 (USD). A free trial download is available from Mapdiva online.

Release Notes: http://www.mapdiva.com/products/ortelius/md_update_110.htm
Download Ortelius: Ortelius Trial Version

About Mapdiva, LLC

Mapdiva makes mapping easier. Founded in 2008, Mapdiva, LLC offers creative mapping software for Mac OS. Mapdiva, LLC has offices in Indianapolis, IN USA and Armidale, NSW Australia. Ortelius is a Registered Trademark of Mapdiva, LLC.

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Ortelius Earns 4-Stars from Softpedia

Softpedia awards Ortelius map illustration software 4-stars, with its highest ratings for user interface and features. Softpedia reviewers thoroughly test software products following a series of characteristics and parameters, starting from the installation of the product and to the help system, with ratings based on aspects such as how well organized and intuitive is the products user interface and how useful and well implemented is the product’s feature set.

Softpedia’ Mac Editor, Alexandru Tanase, notes, “There are a lot of fine things about Ortelius. Fi[r]st of all, Ortelius comes with a lot of templates that can be used at any time. Also, Ortelius is very easy to use, has a simple interface, and most of the tools you need are available in the main screen. The graphics are good, the maps look great, and really challenge you to use the program and give it your best in order to create a work of art.”

Their conclusion? “If you like drawing maps, or you do this at the office on a regular basis, be sure to use or just give Ortelius a try. You may find that even the most difficult maps can be created in a record time with no headaches. So, if you are a young cartographer, I truly recommend this program. Give it a try and you won’t be disappointed.”