I want to get the 10m natural earth countries file into a Mercator projection and then into a vector file (SVG, ai, etc) where for each country, its main land and any of its islands are in a single group/layer.
Using QGIS I can change the projection and export a dfx, then open the dfx in Illustrator. But the layers are not grouped by country (e.g. Greece is like 20 different layers - which is fine, but they are not together in a group or layer so there is no way to select "Greece" as a whole).
In QGIS I found the "Select Features by area or single click" button. If I click on Greece using that pointer, it correctly selects ALL of the Greek islands as a group. I see I can export that as it's own file. But I don't want to have to do that 247 times and then resize and puzzle back every country into the world again.
I found Kartograph.py and spent hours trying to install it using the terminal, which I'm not good at, so failed there.
Need some help/suggestions!