Chapter 12. Producing Printed Output

12.1. Quick Printing
Quick-Printing the current map
12.2. Complex Map Layout
Create a new Map Layout
Placing a Map into the Map Layout Window
Changing the visible Map area in Map Layout
Including or excluding layers from a Map (from Map View Details…)
Including or excluding layers from a Map (from within the map view)
12.3. Placing elements in the Map Layout
Adding a scale box to Map Layout
Customizing a scale box
Adding a legend to Map Layout
Including or excluding layers from a Legend (using Details…)
Including or excluding layers from a Legend with menu
Adding a compass to Map Layout
Adding a Text Box to Map Layout
Removing Map Layout objects

Cartographica has two ways to create printed output: Quick Printing and Map Layout printing.

As one might expect, Quick Printing provides a quick way to create printed output for use either on the screen or in a PDF. It's no-frills and represents exactly what is currently on the screen.

Map Layout is much more sophisticated printing mechanism which uses a Map Layout document to define the way that the map will look on the printed page. In exchange for the additional complexity, Map Layout provides a way to print more than one map on a page and to add adornments, such as legends, scale, north arrows and more.

12.1. Quick Printing

Quick Printing is the easiest way to print a basic map. By choosing File  >  Print Cartographica will print a copy of the current map in as large a format as possible for whatever printer you are using. The larger the print area, the more well-defined the printout.

You can print different format maps by using the File  >  Page Setup command to set and change the size of the paper to use as the destination for the Map Layout.

PDF maps can be created by using File  >  Print and then using the PDF menu in the Print window to save a PDF file. These files also pay attention to the Page Setup settings.

Quick-Printing the current map

  1. With your map open, choose File  >  Print…

    The standard Print window will come up with a preview area to the left.

  2. Choose the image resolution from among the available options

  3. If you want to print just the area that was visible in the map window, check Print Visible Extent Only

  4. Change any other printer settings and print as you normally would.