Can QGIS (1.8.0 Mac) rotate the entire view of a project i.e. have north pointing in a direction other than up on the screen and on output?
Of course, while still allowing adding new layers etc.
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Well yes. Basing this on Windows use though. In print composer, once you load your "add new map view" to your print composer there is an option to rotate the view by angles
I am assuming the functionality is similar on a mac.
Not to sound condescending or anything but draw your maps orientated north south and only rotate to suit fitting pages. It confuses others to have them any other way than north south.
Rotating the map through the print composer can also be achieved using the python scripting command setMapRotation.
mapRenderer = iface.mapCanvas().mapRenderer() c = QgsComposition(mapRenderer) c.setPlotStyle(QgsComposition.Print) x, y = 0, 0 w, h = c.paperWidth(), c.paperHeight() composerMap = QgsComposerMap(c, x,y,w,h) composerMap.setMapRotation(11) c.addItem(composerMap)