While some mapping requirement can be catered for by downloading clipart from the internet, or by creating a custom maps in Google Maps, sometimes a little more customisation is needed. Whether you are looking for a program to map your travels around the world, need to illustrate population throughout the country or need to create a map to display any other kind of information, Ortelius may well be able to help.
You can start off by using any of the many blank maps that are provided in the app, and a wide range of symbol, images and other objects can be dropped into place as and when required. There is a selection image editor style tools that can be used to draw roads, buildings and other objects onto your maps and zone coloring can be used to highlight different area.
An impressive selection of drawing tools make it easy to draw Bezier curves from which roads can be created, and junctions, bridges and other elements can be easily added. Just as with an image editor, layers can be used to keep different information separate, so you could create a basic map and add a layer to house place names and another to house roads, rivers and other features.
A map is a good as meaningless if there is no scale to help give a sense of distance and thankfully Ortelius makes it easy to define scale and add a legend to make sense of it. Your completed maps can be exported in a variety of popular image formats including *.tif, *.pdf and *.png.
A cartography tool that is a joy to use and much simpler than one might expect.