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  • Capturing Vector Data from the Screen

    You can capture vector and image data from the displayed map on the Windows clipboard, in Adobe PDF format or PostScript format. You can then import the clipboard data, PDF file, or PostScript file into many different programs depending on the program's ability to paste in the clipboard data, or import PDF or PostScript formats, certainly including most software from Adobe, among others.

    When capturing the map view to the clipboard or by making a PDF or PostScript file, you get the vector data, but all georeferencing information (position on the ground) is lost. You may be able to place and scale the captured data with sufficient accuracy for your needs by using an orthophoto or other base layer of known position and visually finding references common to both the base layer and the captured data you are placing.

    You can only capture as much as you can fit on your screen. These methods do not download the complete underlying GIS data layer(s). To ensure that you are getting the best possible data to capture, see Optimizing Orthophotos, Imagery and Map Details. You should also turn off any map layers that you don't want to capture. For instance, if you want parcels, turn off the street layers. If you want both parcels and streets but don't want them co-mingled, capture them separately with just one layer (parcels or streets) turned on in the MapGuide legend.

    • Capturing the displayed map using the Windows clipboard

      Copying the displayed map to the Windows clipboard places the map as both a bit-mapped image and as vector data on the clipboard. When pasting the clipboard contents into another program, the program's capabilities determine whether the bit-mapped image or the vector data is used. Generally, most users use the bit-mapped image from the clipboard by pasting into an image-aware program such as Microsoft Paint, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, and many others. However, vector-based programs such as Autodesk AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, and CorelDraw use the vector data from the clipboard.

      To copy the map view to the Windows clipboard:

      1. right-click with in the map, and then choose "Copy", "Copy Map" from the right-click menu. Or, click the Copy button on the MapGuide toolbar.
      2. Use your application's tools or menu items such as "Edit", "Paste" to paste the map data into the program.

       

    • Capturing the displayed map in Adobe PDF format

      You can capture the data from the displayed map in PDF format by installing a PDF converter as a virtual PDF printer driver on your PC. The converter then appears in your list of installed printers on your PC. You can then "print" the map as you would with any other printer, but the result is "printed" to a PDF file at a location you specify on your computer.

      There are many PDF converters available. One we've tried that works well is the free doPDF program which appears as "doPDF v6" in your list of printers. If you have Adobe Acrobat Professional, it installs a virtual PDF printer on your PC that appears as "Adobe PDF" in your list of printers.

      To capture vector and image data from a displayed MapGuide map in PDF format:

      1. Install a PDF converter and verify it appears in your list of printers.
      2. Start to print the map to your PDF converter virtual printer like any other print.
      3. Follow the prompts unique to the particular PDF converter you are using to make the PDF and save it on your PC.
      4. Import the PDF file into your application.

       

    • Capturing the displayed map in PostScript format

      You can capture the data from the displayed map in PostScript format using a little trick.

      To capture vector and image data from a displayed MapGuide map in PostScript:

      1. Install a PostScript driver for any PostScript printer, whether or not you have the printer installed.
      2. Start to print the map to your PostScript printer like any other print.
      3. Choose "Print to file" in the print dialog to save the "printed" results to a file.
      4. If necessary, rename the print file to use .eps or .ps as the filename extension.
      5. Import the PostScript file into your application.

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