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The process of converting features on a map or image (either hardcopy or digital) to vector-based data in digital format.

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Enabling “Snapping” in QGIS while drawing polygons?

I tried to draw polygons in QGIS 1.7.0 and somehow I can't find or failed to find the "Snapping" option. I'm used to ArcGIS 10.0 where you have some snapping options, like placing points of polygons ...
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How to create polygons with straight lines and right angles in QGIS?

When creating a polygon, how do I do it so that the lines are straight (90, 0 degrees, etc.) and when I create corners they can be right angles? For instance, how do I create a perfect square or ...
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The general public and their ability to use GIS applications - do we still need paper maps?

I am endeavouring to convince others in my organisation that GIS tools, in particular digitising tools, CAN be used by the general public and we should promote their use instead of using paper maps. ...
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Is it easy to digitize in ArcGIS using the Wacom tablet?

I do just enough digitizing (and touching up/ drawing when post-processing) to perhaps warrant the purchase of a Wacom tablet. Just wondering how well it plays with ArcGIS. What are your experiences? ...
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Digitizing raster automatically? [closed]

I have a raster (.sid extension) file. I want to digitize roads automatically in ArcMap, QGIS, etc. Digitizing by hand would be too time consuming. How can I do this ?
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How to digitize building footprints with orthogonal edges?

Using QGIS, I am trying to digitize an old raster map, and because I ultimately want to load these 2d layers into sketch-up to turn into 3D models, I need everything to be square. Here's a sample of ...
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How to rectify polygon shapes in QGIS?

I have some polygon-shapes in qgis-1.7.0 and want to ensure that every polygon is a rectangle. See image below. Is there any way I can do this in QGIS (or any other f/oss)? Or how can I improve my ...
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How to outsource scanning and georeferencing maps?

We have some historical paper maps and we want to get them scanned and geo-referenced and ultimately make a seamless map for a particular time. What vendors supply this service? (I have found ...
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Automatic numbering of points during digitization in QGIS?

Does somebody know how to automatically number the points during digitization in Qgis. To explain, when I create the new point there is the window where I must to type the point number. Is there any ...
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How to split a line into a specific number of parts?

I've seen a lot of questions involving splitting a line with the help of a point layer. I want to split a line in fractions of its length. For example, I have a line 400 meters long, I want to split ...
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How to capture a rectangle within the Quantum GIS software?

I want to use "capture polygon" function in QGIS software to draw the indoor office cubical which is a rectangle shape. But the "capture polygon" function is not able to draw a perfect rectangle shape....
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Is there a way to automatically snap loose points of lines to close by vertices with Quantum GIS?

I have a vector layer of lines that were drawn with the snapping option off. I need to have them snapped but, there are hundreds of lines. Is there any solution to do this automatically or semi-...
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How can I digitize features on an Y,Z plane in ArcGIS?

How can I geo-reference and digitize features on a Y,Z plane of a vertical cross-section in ArcGIS? The surface coordinate system is NAD 83 UTM 15. This is a simplified version of the question found ...
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How to Digitize Free Satellite Imagery in QGIS - Alignment issues with Openlayers Plugin

I am trying to digitize OpenLayers data (such as Google satellite imagery) with no success. Whenever I try to move or zoom the canvas the vector layer I digitized loses the position relative to the ...
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Showing polyline direction in ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap)?

How can I show the direction of a polyline as it was digitised? I need this to check if my network analysis is obeying one way streets. I know of a tool in Xtools that can do this but my trial ...
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GRASS - Will r.to.vect work on this scanned map?

Total GRASS noob here. I have several very large hand contoured maps to digitize, and this thread intrigues me. In the past I have spent hours upon hours digitizing these maps and revisions in ArcMap. ...
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Is there a QGIS bezier curve tool?

I'm a recent convert to QGIS but have been confused about the lack of support for drawing curved shapefiles, especially when Arc has almost too many. A lot of the work that our consultancy do is based ...
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Extracting road and building features from raster data using ArcGIS Desktop?

I work with raster data and my task is to digitize a big image. This consumes much time just for digitizing roads and buildings! I'm looking for tools to simplify working on raster data to digitize ...
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How to digitize in stream mode in QGIS, using a tablet?

How to digitize in stream mode in Qgis, using a wacom cintiq tablet? freehand it's no use. i need something like MNDR stream digitizing extension for arcview 3.x, which allows continuous tracing, ...
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How can I digitize a PDF image?

I have an image file in pdf format which includes some drawings (lines, closed areas, and points). I want to digitize it into a shapefile so that I can show it on a Google map. I have a couple of ...
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Drawing points around polygon in QGIS?

I'm drawing many blocks like these Then I need to surround them by points at fixed distances from each other like so But I have a lot of blocks, and many points to calculate the distance, and then ...
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What is the fastest way to digitize features on a map?

I'm currently using QGIS basically to trace a bunch of polygons to show individual ponds from google maps. Some of the geometries can be pretty oddly shaped and using the nodal digitizing tool gets ...
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Creating/drawing “freehand” polygon features in QGIS?

I installed the Freehand Editing plugin but it doesn't seem to work with the latest version of QGIS; the icon appears on the Ditizing Toolbar but the icon is disabled. Is there any way to use a ...
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Use line style to adjust rubberband in QGIS?

I am digitizing lines and have to keep certain distances to other lines while digitizing. Normally I would just use a buffer to generate these prohibited areas and snap to these polygons while ...
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snapping polygons and lines [duplicate]

I recently downloaded QGIS on a Mac OSX 10.7.4 (lion) and purchased a master map shape file, of a particular area. I am trying to divide it into polygons following features on the master map vector ...
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Looking for an efficient way of digitizing building footprints using orthophotos and ArcGIS 10

In the past I've used PCI Geomatica to do something similar using the softwares classification functionality. Are there some tools/tricks in ArcGIS that will partially automate the process. I remember ...
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ArcGIS Heads up digitizing - Rooms and doors

I am digitizing the floorplans of various schools in our county. This is for the Fire Department so they want to be able to see where doors are within the building. The doors do not necessarily have ...
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Editing with auxiliary features (lines, points etc.) in ArcGIS Desktop?

In order to digitize exact features in ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1, our draftsman would like to use auxiliary features (lines and points mostly) that don't have to be saved later on. I told them the easiest ...
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Quickly temporarily disabling snapping in QGIS 3?

In some other applications I use you can use one of the "shift" keys to disable snapping for a single operation. Is there an equivalent for the new node tool?
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Prevent user from creating self intersected polygons

i'm working on a project in QGIS 3.4.1 Madeira. I want to prevent users from creating polygons with errors (like self intersection). When I digitize a polygon in QGIS i get a mark where the polygon ...
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How to digitize rectangles with snapping in QGIS?

Trying to digitize a floor plan for a building (just need polygons for each room) in QGIS (shapefile layer). I started just trying to draw the features, but want to align polygons so that there is no ...
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Any Piri Reis shapefiles?

Incredible claims have been made about a map named after its creator (Piri Reis). I was looking into digitizing the map and overlaying it with a modern map of the world, specifically the east coast ...
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How to automate 'downstream' and 'upstream' manhole ID field in a pipe line feature

I have been digitizing a drainage network and now have been supplied attribute fields to add to the features I have digitized. Two of the fields for the pipe features are 'upstream manhole ID' and '...
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Is there a “Merge Parts” tool in QGIS?

In the advanced digitizing toolbar, QGIS has these 3 tools: Split Features, Split Parts, and Merge Features. Is there a tool or equivalent algorithm for the logical fourth one: "Merge Parts"? This ...
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How to split a polygon into multiples sections in QGIS?

I am working on QGIS latest version 2.12.3. I am digitizing a polygon. It represents a riparian buffer of a river. The polygon made a continuous « loop » with a widht of 50 meters. I want to split my ...
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How to insert some holes in a polygon?

I have a problem with QGIS digitizing advanced tool plugin. I have a landcover-like shapefile. I have to perform some corrections on it, and I have to cut or split some polygons. I want to insert ...
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How to create in QGIS shapefile a field that automatically returns the current date

I'm digitizing a shapefile in QGIS and I need to create a field that returns automatically the current date.
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How to implement Add feature action from PyQGIS

I'm trying to implement / reuse Add Feature functionality in my python plugin. there a class/function that handles geometry creation on canvas based on layer geometry definition? I'm checking API but ...
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Is it possible to have presets for digitizing in QGIS?

I want to digitize many identical features (same attributes). They will have different location. Type: points and lines. Is it possible to have presets? Like to select: "traffic calming" and then all ...
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How to Continue a Line Feature in QGIS?

I'm looking for a way to continue a line feature in QGIS. I have checked the Digitizing Tools plugin (both regular and advanced) for a Prolong Line tool, but I haven't had luck. In ArcGIS there's a ...
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“add feature” tool QGIS 2.0 - polygon fill blocks view of what I want to digitize

How can I change the settings on the vector "add feature" tool so the tool fill doesn't block my view of what I want to digitize? This problem popped up after I upgraded to QGIS 2.0 QGIS 2.0 Macbook ...
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Changing QGIS cursor size and color?

I'm digitizing some old topographic maps (scanned images), and these maps are in grayscale. When in editing mode, to draw the contour lines, I would like to be able to change the color and size of ...
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Newly added points disappearing after saving edits in QGIS.

I am adding features to a shapefile point layer in QGIS 2.12 Lyon. When I add the new point I can see it, but once I click the Save Edits button it disappears. When I click Toggle Editing button to ...
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OpenLayers 3: Change drawing style, but keep style of previously drawn features

I created a vector and a drawing interaction: // Create feature collection and vector var featureCollection = new ol.Collection(); var vectorSource = new ol.source.Vector({ features: ...
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Adding Eastings and Northings as attributes automatically to a point layer in QGIS

I have a point layer that I am adding to and am working in British National Grid. Two of the columns are Easting and Northing. When I add a new point I want these two columns to be filled out ...
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Snapping multiple nodes of a polygon to the nodes of a line?

I am working with vector polygons that have derived from hand drawn areas from when mapping was carried out with tracing paper over paper maps. Therefore many of the polygons don't exactly line up to ...
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Does the precision of digitized points vary depending on scale in QGIS?

I have been editing the locations of some points in QGIS. The scale that I am using varies between 1:6000 and 1:12000 depending on the area that I am looking at. I have been seeing some irregularities ...
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Create rectangle by entering width & height numerically in QGIS?

I need a quick way to create rectangles with set with & height in meters. Is there a straightforward way to do this? I am well aware that there are a number of ways to achieve this, but all that I ...
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How to enable snapping when moving multiple features at once?

Is there a way to enable snapping when moving two or more features at once?
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Using Advanced Digitizing tool in QGIS?

I would like to use the Advanced Digitizing tool and the Move tool to move entire polygons by specified distances and angles. For some reason the "d" (distance), and "a" (angle) fields are grayed out....