Printing is the act of outputting GIS data to paper or to a file

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Obtaining print quality PDF or PNG output from QGIS?

I work with people who use ArcGIS Desktop and they have found the best resolution output images are made by creating PDFs. They tell me that *.png and the rest out of ArcGIS Desktop are not ...
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Are North Arrows Pointless?

A recent post on Cartastrophe refers to a "Worldwide Campaign to Eliminate Needless North Arrows." So when, if ever, are North arrows necessary? As an interesting aside the concept of North being ...
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Programmatically creating a vector feature in OpenLayers

I want to create a vector feature, programmatically, on my map. It's supposed to be in the A4-paperformat, for showing a sort of print preview. I've created a control for handling this, but now I'm ...
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Why Do Colors Look Darker When Printed on Paper?

I made a map with a terrain-colored relief-shading in the background. I then exported them as PDF from Print Composer in QGIS. But when I print the PDF onto paper: the shaded-relief color in the ...
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Why do OpenLayers plugin layers appear shifted in QGIS print composer?

I'm having trouble with the OpenLayers Plugin of Qgis and the map composer: If I create an OSM-background layer and if I want to export this, the OSM-Layer looks perfectly all right in the normal ...
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How to handle multiple map frames with different layers in one print layout?

Often I need two (or more) map frames in map layout to present different data next to each other. It is easy to make multiple map frames in QGIS Print Composer. BUT... It is in the nature of my work ...
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Scale in printed map (mxd) is different in code to manual printing

This question is related in part to a previous question I have asked. I have tried printing an A3 mxd with the Print Active View code as published by ESRI and have changed only one line of code and ...
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Is there a way to add system date in print composer?

Is there a way in the Print Composer of QGIS to create a label that will automatically update the date (systems date) instead of having a label that you have to manually have to update?
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In ArcMap, use python to disable “Scale map elements proportionally to changes in page size”

I am changing sources on MXDs in differents offices using ArcPy and ArcGIS 10.0. As observed here, the printer settings revert to the default printer when the instruction mxd.save() is sent. Losing ...
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How to reopen hidden panels in print composer?

I unfortunately deleted the menu (Qgis 1.8.0) in print composer (settings for labels etc) . Now I am wondering how to display it again? The menu is gone in all my projects and I could not find a ...
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Is there a layout view in Quantum GIS?

Is there a layout view in Quantum GIS (something similar to ArcGis layout view) ? Anyway I am looking for tutorial or some good practices how i can prepare a nice map to print in Quantum GIS.
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How to add Raster legends in QGIS map composer?

Is there a plugin or method to add legends for raster layers (with a custom colourmap) as an item in the print composer?
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Printing highly detailed and/or complex maps on large format paper?

I don't know if this is the right place for this question but, since it involves maps created with ArcMap, hopefully someone met this same problem. I want to print a highly detailed map of the whole ...
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Best solution for printing Google Maps?

What is the best solution so far for printing Google Maps as a base layer of Vector layers in Geoserver/OpenLayers application ? I used to print WMS layers using GeoExt print page example, but when ...
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Can you dynamically set print options using ArcGIS JS API?

I'd like to create an option in my web application where a user can click on a print button and a list of options appears: Page template (already available via esri.dijit.print) Map Title Notes or ...
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How can I print Openlayers with base OSM and Geoserver WMS layers?

I have a map I want to print once the user open some layers. The layers are geoserver wms and the base layer is OSM. I know geoserver has printing module (which is installed and working because I get ...
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Is it possible to put scale(ex; 1:10000) at print composer on QGIS 1.8.0

I would like to display a cartographic scale (e.g. 1:10,000) in the print composer. I can set the scale from map tab. After setting, I can type by myself as Label. Is it possible to put scale ...
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How to center a map in Print Composer to the same center as in map window?

I can't figure out how can I center the map in Print Composer to layer/object/map center in the same way as in map window in QGIS 1.8. Let's say I have layer which I want have in the center of the map....
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Advice on purchasing new scanner / plotter?

So I have been tasked with finding options to replace my GIS department's recently deceased HP Designjet 815mfp (all-in-one scanner/plotter/touch screen). It was used mostly to scan/print plats, and ...
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Web_Map_as_JSON from latest esri jsapi?

I'm trying to do a print export using arcgis 10.1 and latest esri jsapi. Is there any out of the box way that I can extract out Web_Map_as_JSON from a given webmap? esri.tasks.PrintTask generates a ...
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How can I host a map service that uses an online basemap as well as my own dynamic layers?

I have a flex web application with an ArcGIS Server backend that I want to start using an online basemap for. The application includes a printing capability that prints a layout from an arcGIS map ...
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Printing/exporting WMTS tile layer with desired resolution / zoom level in QGIS

I have a project which uses WMTS and some vector layers in QGIS. I can freely zoom in and out, and tiles are refreshed with appropriate zoom level, just as expected. Now I would like to export part ...
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Can you set a QGIS print composer to render the map as default?

I have set up a number of templates for the print composer in QGIS. In the Print Composer, there is the option to have the map image displayed in 3 ways: as a blank rectangle with no updates until ...
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Map is missing when I “export as image” via print composer [closed]

I have point data on a vector layer that prints accurately via print composer (when I "export as image"), however my map below either does not show up or shows up at an incorrect scale. I used ...
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Automating plan report generation using ArcGIS Desktop? [closed]

i have shapefile that contains a lot of parcels "parcel has like fields (n° parcelle,proprietaire, cin) see picture : and i want for all parcels to generate this plan : take a parcel and ...
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Which GIS (with GUI) produces good-looking maps for a reasonable price?

I would like to produce some good looking wall maps. I have an excellent data set, but it seems that most GIS packages are geared towards data analysis etc. as opposed to producing an aesthetically ...
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QGIS Default Map Composer On Open

Is there a way to to have a map (Print Composer) open automatically upon project load? I have a map constructed in Print Composer "General Map". When a user fires off the project, I would like "...
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PrintTask in ArcGIS Online JS Api

I'm using the PrintTask() function from the ArcGIS Online API. Works like a charm...untill you add your own graphics. When I don't run the addedAskedSymbolsToMap function in the code below, and only ...
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How to lock map labels for inset map in Print Composer?

OK, so I am making a print layout which has two maps, one an inset map with just a skeleton of a line layer and the other is the detail map at higher resolution. In the detail map, I want to show the ...
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Print Library for Open Layers?

I realize this is a bit of an open question but are there any known open javascript libraries which facilitate printing an OpenLayers map? I'm looking to produce the content on the client and ...
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Projecting a world map on 6 segments to print on ball

Working with QGis and data from Natural Earth I would like to prepare a world map (1:50 000) for a globe that can be printed in 6 segments, which glued together build a ‘sphere’ (ball) according to ...
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Library to produce pretty print maps including rasters

I've come across a variety of libraries for easily producing maps for printing, in a fully reproducible way using some sort of code or configuration file. For example, Kartograph looks lovely, Vincent ...
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What is a good plotter that works well with ArcMap?

I will soon be setting up a small office and we will be needing a 36" plotter. I am looking for recommendations for a good plotter that works well with ArcGIS. Speed is not important as long as I can ...
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How to Zoom in QGIS Print Composer Without a Scroll Wheel

I am attempting to print a simple map from QGIS in portrait orientation. When I use the "Add New Map" tool it brings the map in at an extent which matches my original data frame if I were to use ...
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In QGIS map composer, how do I get the Item Properties dialog back?

Yes, well if there is button there, one is bound to click it.... I closed both the Item Properties dialogs in Map Composer. And I can't get them to give me any joy no more... QGIS Trunk
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How can I print a bunch of Arcmap mxd's all at once?

I have a folder with a dozen Arcmap compositions (.mxd files) I need to print. They're all ready to go, I don't need to do any editing. Do I really have to open up each one, wait to refresh, and press ...
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How to print high resolution poster sized maps from online map (arcgis server)?

I want to create a PDF document that can be printed at large poster size containing user created data and base map data. Based on a rough calculation, if the poster was 24 inches by 34 inches and I ...
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Open layer 3: Need help in print tool

I am developing an print map function in ol3 application it includes some functionality such as if its polygon then area of that polygon will be display OR if its line length will be display. At ...
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How to create an extent indicator in QGIS 1.8 print composer?

I'm looking to put an inset map for my main map frame onto my map layout in QGIS print composer. I would like it to indicate the extent and location of the main map on a larger regional map. This ...
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Additional Parameters for PrintTask?

Hi Guys I'm writing a custom GP tool for printing with 10.1. I need to pass some additional parameters into GP tool. I'm using printTask from jsapi and I couldn't add more parameters just by adding to ...
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How to print from arcpad without buying more Esri sofware?

I am running ArcPad 10 in windows 7 on a laptop and on a field unit consisting of an Ashtech MobileMapper 10 as a PDA talking to an SXBlue GPS. This system provides the real time half meter (without ...
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How to print pie charts in QGIS?

I added pie charts via text-file to my map. When printing the map they get lost. Does anyone know how to print them? QGIS also seems to delet some charts, when there are to many at one place. Does ...
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How to save space in the legend and write the layer name besides the symbol?

I'm starting using QGIS to make a project for university and I am with a problem on configuring legends on Print Composer. The thing is I want the text of my legend to appear after the symbols/...
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QGIS exporting huge SVG [duplicate]

I'm having trouble exporting an SVG(or a PDF for that matter) from the QGIS print composer. I have a relatively simple map that should, when exported as an SVG, be maybe around 1MB in size, tops. But ...
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How to import or incorporate formated Excel tab into QGIS print composer

I would like to know if there's a way to import formated Excel Tab into QGIS print composer. Below is an attachment of formatted Excel tab example I has been asked to display on qgis map composer. ...
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Need help in Print task in ArcGIS JSAPI 3.2/3.3

I am using print task in my code and using dynamic map service layer and graphics layer (not using feature service layer) and I am able to print the map but it’s not displaying info window and ...
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Plot files in ArcGIS

I wondered if you could share some of your experience with plot files in ArcGIS. I've been trying to make these, as I have a good expeirence with them from autoCAD (every drawing is exported to a PLT ...
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Can ArcGIS Export Web Map task print labels from a Feature Layer?

I'm creating json to create a custom printout using the Export Web Map task on an ArcGIS server (v10.2). Everything works as expected apart from labels are not showing in the generated printout. The ...
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Dashed lines do not print correctly

I have a polygon with a dashed line type; when viewed in ArcMap the line type appears correct however when I print to pdf the line type does not look correct. This might be a pdf quality problem ...
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QGIS printing to file, shading?

Hi I am not even sure how to ask this question and I have googled what i think is wrong with no success. When i create a map with different shadings on it, it looks perfect until it is wrote to pdf. ...