Ortelius has everything you need to draw your own custom maps.
Loaded with a broad selection of royalty-free maps fully editable vector outline maps of the world, continents, regions, and several countries ready to make your own. Choose from templates, use your own existing (GIS) map data (without georeferencing), or make custom-scaled map graphics you have the flexibility to decide.
Map Making Tools
Ortelius invites you to be creative. Over 20 tools for selecting, drawing, and navigation offer maximum cartographic versatility. Thanks to Ortelius swift object editing, you can move shapes, adjust curves, add intelligent labels, rotate directly, and add or remove vertices along your paths with ease. Roads and river bends are not points and straight line segments, draw them as they were meant to be with flowing Bezier curves. With connectable tracks, roads know how they connect to each other and junctions are drawn properly, fully automatically. If it needs moving, all of its connector roads move with it, maintaining junctions as it goes. Introducing Linear Select. Need to insert a bridge? Highlight the road and insert one. Linear select gives you just-right positioning of labels, image adornments, and much more. Now, thats handy.
Drawing Software for Map Design
Ortelius cartography software
makes map design easy. Whether you need to show your location, study area, service territories, neighborhood, trends, news, or world, Ortelius has everything you need to draw your own custom maps. Ortelius software is named after one of historys most prominent cartographers, Abraham Ortelius.
Styles & Symbols
Finally, produce gorgeous maps using the full power of Quartz imaging. Everything is pin-sharp and anti-aliased. Ortelius map making software comes with hundreds of sensational map symbols all fully scalable vector graphics. For those who dont like to hold back, you have the creative license you deserve. With a striking choice of colors, fills, strokes, and adornments you can assemble unlimited style and symbol combinations.
Piri Reis map
The Piri Reis map dated 1513 and it is the first surviving map that shows the Americas. The Piri Reis map shows the western coast of Africa, the eastern coast of South America, and the northern coast of Antarctica. The northern coastline of Antarctica is perfectly detailed. The most puzzling however is not so much how Piri Reis managed to draw such an accurate map of the Antarctic region 300 years before it was discovered, but that the map shows the coastline under the ice.
The Piri Reis map was made by a Turkish Admiral Piri Ibn Haji Mehmed. Reis means admiral. His passion was cartography
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