Plot Map

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PlotDialog_32x32Create easily scale printed pages in the layout window. The most important criteria are scale, paper size and angle of rotation. With the Options there are many additional elements wich can be inserted automatically, such as texts, images, north arrows, coordinates or grid crosses. In addition to static texts, dynamic text attributes from table columns of selected objects can also be inserted automatically.

Also a mail merge over previously selected objects is possible - even with automatic rotation to predetermined plot frames.

The settings can be saved as a Template. By selecting the Plot Template function, print pages can always be created in the same configuration without having to adjust anything.

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hmtoggle_arrow1Scale, Size and Position

The scale and paper size can be selected from the list. The last list entry (1: 0 [...], 0 x 0 [...]) also allows you to enter individual values. The plot frame is rotated according to Portais / Landscape and the orientation of the paper for the printer is preset..

Use the arrow keys to move the position of the plot frame in the map window. The button in the middle [...] can be used to define the step size for the shift. If one of the options that require a selection is set, the position keys are not active.

Use the + and - buttons to change the current zoom range of the map. This is only for better orientation and presentation of the plot frame and has no influence on the print result.

If a rotation angle is specified, the plot frame rotates accordingly (<< 10 ° >> / <1 °>). With the button in the center [0 °] any angle can be set. If the rotation angle is automatically determined from a plot frame layer, these function keys are not active.

hmtoggle_arrow1Center complete selection in plot frame

If objects are selected in the map window, all objects will be displayed on a single page. The plot frame is automatically placed centrically over all selected objects.

hmtoggle_arrow1One page for each selected object

If objects are selected in the map window, a separate page can be created for each object. The plot frame is placed centrically over the first selected object. All objects are processed in a loop. For each object, a separate page is created with a map frame that is centered on the associated object.




hmtoggle_arrow1Automatic rotation from frame layer

There must be a frame layer with frame objects (rectangles). The frame objects can also be rotated, for example along a street. If such frame objects are selected in the map window, a separate print page is created for each frame. The frame center and frame rotation are used for centering and aligning the map frame on each print page. Notice that the extent of the frame objects is ignored. The size of the map frame on the print page depends on the Paper Size and Scaling settings in the dialog or template.

The frame layer may have any columns that can be used for outputting table contents on the print pages (see Options texts).

On the print pages, the frame layer is hidden. Therefore the map window must contain at least one more layer.

Example: A map window contains a layer of aligned frame objects (selected) along a road and other layers. The frame numbers and street names are in the columns ID and Name of the associated table. With Plot Map or Plot Template a separate print page with the entries from the table is created for each frame object.

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Create a new frame layer for automatic rotation
A frame layer is a normal layer, with the condition that only rectangles are included. The layer can be created manually with any name.

Alternatively, the current plot frame can be used to create a new frame layer. Click on the [i] button with the option Automatic rotation from frame layer and save the current plot frame as a new frame layer. This layer can be edited and supplemented with other frame objects (e.g. by copy/paste and move/rotate).