Presentation. Our final step is to get your work ready for presentation. Making a good map requires an artistic eye for details, and a little skill. The following slides will help you to create your final product. Making a Map from your Data.
Our final step is to get your work ready for presentation. Making a good map requires an artistic eye for details, and a little skill. The following slides will help you to create your final product.
You are now ready to produce a map of your school. Open up your GeoWorkspace and make sure your Map Window is showing what you would like to have appear in your map. Zoom in if needed.
1. You may want to add some labels to your buildings or other features before composing your map. Choose “Insert” > “Label…”
2. Select your “buildings” feature to label. Under “Attributes”, click once on “bldg_name” to add it to the Layout.
3. In order to be able to move the labels later on, we’ll Output the labels as a Feature Class. Select the “School Features” connection, and then type in the name “building_labels” as the new Feature Class. Click on the Style button to edit the label style….
4. In the Style Definition window, check the box to “Display frame around text”. For the Fill Type, select Solid. Click the Fill Color button, and choose a light color, like pale yellow. Click OK on each of the three windows to create your labels.
5. To move a label, first select it with the cursor. Output the labels as a Feature Class. Select the “School Features” connection, and then type in the name “building_labels” as the new Feature Class. Click on the Style button to edit the label style….
6. Click on the Move tool on the left side of GeoMedia (it looks like a yellow “plus” sign).
7. Left-click on the label, holding the mouse button down, and move the label to the desired location.
Designing Your Map Output the labels as a Feature Class. Select the “School Features” connection, and then type in the name “building_labels” as the new Feature Class. Click on the Style button to edit the label style….
There are five essential elements which should accompany your map data in the layout. These elements have a visual hierarchy of importance. For example you don’t want to use a large north arrow that keeps people from looking at your title or legend.
9. Display a North Arrow by selecting “View”, then “North Arrow”. You’ll see a rather ugly arrow appear on your map.
10. Right-click on the arrow, and select “Properties”. To choose a different arrow, click on the Browse button.
11. In order to see what the different north arrows look like, click on the View Menu icon and choose Thumbnails. Now you can select your favorite arrow and Open it.
12. You may wish to change the background color to better match your map. For printing purpose, check the “Print transparent” box, then click on OK. Your north arrow should look much better now!
13. You’ll go through a very similar routine to add a scale bar to your map. Select “View”, then “Scale Bar”. It should appear on the map. Right-click on the scale bar to select “Properties”.
14. Change the Units to feet (“ft”) in the pull-down menu. You can also change colors and fonts if you wish. Click on OK to apply the changes.
15. The next thing to do is to clean up the legend. You may want to hide some entries that won’t mean much to a viewer, and you may want to change some of the names to be more clear. Right-click anywhere in the Legend window, and select “Properties”.
16. If you want to hide an entry in the Legend, remove the checkmark from the “Entry” column. To modify a title, simply click on the words in the “Title” column and edit them. Click the “OK” button to apply your changes.
17. Depending on what you’re trying to achieve, either a paper map or a map in a document, there are two different approaches to making presentation maps in GeoMedia Pro. For this project, you will need to send a copy of your map via e-mail to us. The easiest way to do this is to take a “snapshot” of your Map Window, paste it into Microsoft PowerPoint, edit it, and send it to us.
18. Click on the “Snapshot” icon (it looks like a camera) to save your Map Window to the Clipboard.
University High School write the following information:
School Mapping Project
August 27, 2003
By: Heinrich Albers and Geradus Mercator
Use the Text Box tool in PowerPoint to add the appropriate text to your map (“Insert”, then “Text Box”). You can also add other labels, pictures, etc. See a completed example on the next slide.
20. Now you need to add your Land Use report to the PowerPoint. Open up your Excel document “land_use.xls”. Select the pie graph, and click on “Edit” and then “Copy” to copy it. Go back to your PowerPoint, and add a new blank slide (hold down the Ctrl key and hit the “M” key). Now paste your pie graph in the new slide (“Edit”, then “Paste”).