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wxGUI Cartographic Composer

DESCRIPTION

       wxGUI  Cartographic  Composer  also  called wx.psmap is a wxGUI extension which allows the
       user  to  create  interactively  hardcopy  map  outputs.  This   tool   generates   ps.map
       configuration file and then runs ps.map to create PostScript output. There are two modes -
       Draft mode for map composing and Preview mode (requires Python Imaging Library) to see how
       the  result  will  look  like.  In  draft  mode map features (like legend or scalebar) are
       represented by a colored rectangle with a label.

       Possible output files:

           ·   ps.map instructions file

           ·   PostScript/EPS file

           ·   PDF (using ps2pdf)

       Cartographic Composer enables to load in saved instructions file.  It  works  better  with
       files created by wx.psmap (more tested).

       Currently supported ps.map instructions:

           ·   paper

           ·   maploc

           ·   scale

           ·   border

           ·   raster

           ·   colortable

           ·   vpoints

           ·   vlines

           ·   vareas

           ·   vlegend

           ·   text

           ·   scalebar

           ·   mapinfo

           ·   point

           ·   line

           ·   rectangle

           ·   labels

   CARTOGRAPHIC COMPOSER TOOLBAR
             Generate instructions file
           Generates and saves text file with mapping instructions.

             Load instructions file
           Load text file with mapping instructions.

             Page setup
           Specify paper size, margins and orientation.

             Pointer
           Select  object on the paper by clicking, drag the cursor while pressing the left mouse
           button to move it or resize object (currently only map frame) by clicking on  a  small
           black box in its bottom right corner. Double click to show object properties dialog

             Pan
           Drag the pan cursor while pressing the left mouse button to move your view.

             Zoom in
           Interactive  zooming  with  the mouse in both draft and preview mode. Drawing a box or
           just a left click with the mouse and zoom-in cursor causes the display to zoom  in  so
           that the area defined by the box fills the display.

             Zoom out
           Interactive  zooming  with  the mouse in both draft and preview mode. Drawing a box or
           just a left click with the mouse and zoom-out cursor causes the display to zoom out so
           that the area displayed shrinks to fill the area defined by the box.

             Zoom to page
           Zoom to display the entire page

             Map frame
           Click and drag to place map frame. If map frame is already drawn, open a dialog to set
           its properties.

             Raster map
           Shows a dialog to add or change the raster map.

             Vector map
           Shows a dialog to add or change current vector maps and their properties:

       Data selection
           Select data to draw:

       Feature type
           Select which data type to draw. In case of point data,  points  or  centroids  can  be
           drawn, in case of line data, lines or boundaries.

       Layer selection
           Select layer and limit data by a SQL query or chose only certain categories.

       Mask
           Whether to use mask or not.

       Colors
           Color settings:

       Outline
           Select   outline  color  and  width  in  points.  In  case  of  lines,  outline  means
           highlighting.

       Fill
           Select fill color, one color for all vector elements or color from rgb column.

       Size and style
           Sets size, style, symbols, pattern; depends on data type:

       Symbology
           Available for point data. Choose symbol or EPS file to draw points with.

       Line style
           Available for line data. Select line style (solid, dashed, ...) and the  look  of  the
           ends of the line (butt, round, ...)

       Pattern
           Available for areas. Choose pattern file and set the width of the pattern.

       Size
           Available  for  point  data.  Choose size (number of times larger than the size in the
           icon file) as a single value or take the size from a map table column.

       Rotation
           Available for point data. Rotate symbols counterclockwise with the given value or with
           the value from a map table column

       Width
           Available  for  line data. Set line width in points or take the value from a map table
           column.

             Add overlays
           Add overlays: vector labels, grid (not yet implemented)

                 Add labels
           Add vector labels created beforehand by v.label module.

             Add map elements
           Add map elements: legend, scalebar, map info, text

                 Add legend
           Add raster or vector legend or edit their properties.

                 Add map info
           Add information about region, grid and scale or edit map info properties.

                 Add scalebar
           Add scalebar or edit its properties.

                 Add text
           Add text label.

             Remove selected element
           Select an object and remove it. Pressing Delete key does the same.

             Show preview
           Generates output and switches to Preview mode to see the result. Be  patient,  it  can
           take a while.

             Generate hardcopy map output in PS
           Generates hardcopy map output in PostScript/EPS file.

             Generate hardcopy map output in PDF
           Generates hardcopy map output in PDF using ps2pdf.

SEE ALSO

        wxGUI
       wxGUI components

       See also wiki page.

AUTHOR

       Anna  Kratochvilova, Czech Technical Univesity in Prague, Czech Republic (bachelor’s final
       project 2011, mentor: Martin Landa)

       $Date: 2014-04-20 15:20:39 +0200 (Sun, 20 Apr 2014) $

SOURCE CODE

       Available at: wxGUI Cartographic Composer source code (history)

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