Title blocks and Map borders in Global Mapper

Can anyone explain how I can can print customisable Titleblocks and borders on Printed Maps out of Global Mapper? I have searched on the forum and the video link provided no longer works.

Answers

  • bmg_bobbmg_bob Global Mapper Programmer Posts: 2,161
    Hello,

    What version of Global Mapper are you using?  If it is version 16 or above, you should try using the Map Layout Editor.

    Cheers,
    Bob
  • Hi Bob,
    Thanks for the response, I use V19.1.
     The Map Layout Editor assists with Map Legends, North Points, Scale Bars etc . But I don’t see an option for creating a custom Title Block, where Project details, Map Number revision Number, company details etc.. can be placed. This is a fundamental component of most printed maps or Plan drawings. It is usually incorporated with the lower border of the page or sometimes the right hand border.  If the option is there for this I must be missing it

    chaiRGBrown
  • BillBBillB Global Mapper User Posts: 131Trusted User
    Tony, if you follow Bob's link above, under the first screenshot, there is a link to Map Elements. I think that may be what you are looking for:
    "In the Map Layout Preview add the desired Map Layout Elements (scale bar, elevation legend, title, etc.) Once added, Map Layout Elements may be edited by selecting with the mouse and right-clicking, or by using the Map Layout Element Control Center."
  • bmg_bobbmg_bob Global Mapper Programmer Posts: 2,161
     The Map Layout Editor assists with Map Legends, North Points, Scale Bars etc . But I don’t see an option for creating a custom Title Block, where Project details, Map Number revision Number, company details etc.. can be placed. This is a fundamental component of most printed maps or Plan drawings. It is usually incorporated with the lower border of the page or sometimes the right hand border.  If the option is there for this I must be missing it

    Hi Tony,

    The Map Layout Editor does not have an option to create a Title Block, per se, but you could use a text element, and fill in the required information.  We currently have an open feature request (#20584) for adding the ability to automatically place items like company name, project number, etc. into a text block.  I have added your information to this request.  We will post a message on this thread when the status of the request changes.

    Cheers,
    Bob
  • There used to be a Title Block on V14.  How did this get missed with the upgrades?  It's actually stopping me from upgrading.
  • bmg_bobbmg_bob Global Mapper Programmer Posts: 2,161
    There used to be a Title Block on V14.  How did this get missed with the upgrades?  It's actually stopping me from upgrading.
    Hello,

    The function for adding a non-georeferenced text block to a map was moved to the Map Layout Editor in version 16 (if I recall correctly.) We have also recently added the ability to use custom macros to create a Title Block in a text element. You can create the title block, and save a template, to enable the text block all map layouts that use that template.

    Do you need to have this on the main view?  Is this something that you use on printed maps? If that is the case, the Map Layout Editor is a more powerful way of producing printed maps from within Global Mapper.

    Cheers,
    Bob
  • DerrickWDerrickW Posts: 38
    The map layout editor needs other tools to support this, like the ability to create polylines / symbols.  Text callouts with annotations/arrow leaders and the option to have more than one map view element in a single page are also huge limiting factors of making exhibits with global mapper. 

    *All* of us (at my company) enjoy using global mapper much more than the alternatives, but most of us begrudgingly opt for the alternative on stuff that we have to generate exhibits for. 

    This is the general layout that we use on some projects, but all of the project managers are always pushing for uniformity in exhibits & titleblocks and GM is the only software we use that this is difficult on.  I've used pre-rendered blank pages with the title block on it as an image and inserted it in the background, but it's difficult to work with and frustrating to update as our company title block updates. 
    chaiRGBrown
  • chaichai Posts: 5
    Looking forward to upgrade on Map Layout. This is vital in every project presentation.
  • chaichai Posts: 5
    Currently using build 21.1 but cannot seem to find these things as per the Help Menu.  Also the map book it's referring to.


  • RGBrownRGBrown Posts: 2
    Hi All,

    I have been using GM for concept layouts for some multiple pipeline and a cable routes. The map layout editor is not really professional enough to present to clients as it does not allow client logos drawing numbers, revision block etc. I looked at the new Mango Map but gave up waiting for the screen re-draws of the Gebco (General Bathymetric Chart of the Ocean) raster data. It’s very pretty for a small area but for serious data sets eg 34M multi-beam data soundings forget it. Use GM on a heavy duty gaming PC with as much RAM as it will take. Then to make your Title Block use this workflow.

    1. Capture Screen contents to Image. I use a (Geo) tiff but you could use a JPG or JPG2000.
    2. Make up a master Title Block in Word or Excel. Word is probably easier.
    3. Set up a new document, A1 to A3 size with narrow margins.
    4. Import your Tiff into Word using insert picture and extend to margins.
    5. Check the size and position to lock the Aspect Ratio.
    6. Grab a corner to resize the image to margins.
    7. Set image word wrap to behind text.
    8. Back to your Title block. Copy and paste special to the image document (paste as a Microsoft document object.
    9. In the drawing document copy and paste special again. This time as an enhanced metafile (keeps the correct format)
    10. Format the block image. Fill is white. Maybe crop the limits. Wrapping is in front of text
    11. Move the block over the image to position as required.
    12. The example was done as I was writing this.
    Regards
    Richard
      



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