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I've tried searching on gis.stackexchange and elsewhere but can't seem to figure this one out though it seems simple enough.

The type of locator I'm thinking of is similar to the one from the map in this post: Unattractive image artefact when exporting from QGIS's Print Composer

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Does anyone know of a tutorial out there?

  • It looks like the globe was Photoshop'd and added to the composer as an image object. – Ryan Garnett Mar 27 '13 at 20:53
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One way is to use GMT to create the globe:

pscoast -JA0/20/2.5i -Bg30/g15 -Dl -A2000 -G187/142/46 -S109/202/255 \
-R0/360/-90/90 -P -N1 > simple_hemi.eps

You could then add it to your map composition as an image. See this post for an explanation: http://geospatialdesktop.com/2008/02/simple_globe/

  • thankfully there are homebrew formulas for installing netCDF and GMT. Excited about learning this new tool, and the script worked: i.imgur.com/AAzA7Nv.png – clhenrick Mar 28 '13 at 17:18

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