I used the "Profile from Line" plugin to create evenly spaced points along a line in QGIS, but I'd like to offset them to either side of the line.

I suppose I could draw two lines parallel to the existing one and create evenly spaced points along each of them, and then delete the new lines, but I'm curious if there is a different way to offset points the way I've shown in my MS Paint illustration.

offset points along line

  • Do you want to generate points that have offset co-ordinates, or just display an offset?
    – Simbamangu
    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:50
  • The coordinates don't matter so much, no.
    – coelacanth
    Aug 23, 2012 at 13:28

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@coelacanth, if you just consider the styling, this is easy using two 'Marker lines', both with interval X, for the first set X/2 as 'offset along line', then set offset Y, for the other set the opposite offset -Y!

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