updated 02:20 pm EDT, Thu September 17, 2009
Ortelius supports flexible labeling, layers
Mapdiva has launched Ortelius, a vector-based map-illustrating software release. It includes cartography tools and vector-based styles and symbols and uses a WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) approach to design. Designers have access to Ortelius' royalty-free vector map templates, can add GIS Shapefiles and can add labels to maps with background information support and flexible font, size, alignment, and color. There are more than 20 tools for drawing, selecting and navigating in the new cartography software.
Ortelius links labels to maps, and can move entire groupings together when changes are made. The software supports cartographic conventions for label placement, like road to river names following the path of their lines or curves. The software has both point and area labels, with unique positioning capabilities. Ortelius also supports layering, allowing users to group specific map features together, placing water formations in one layer and roads in another for example.
Ortelius requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and a Core Image supported graphics processor. A 2GHz Intel processor is recommended and pen tablet support is available. The new software is $100, but is available until September 30 for an $80 introductory price.