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Today’s post: More print composer overview magic! Inverted Map Overviews Thanks to the “Invert overview” option, we can now chose between highlighting the detail area (left example in the image) or blocking out the surrounding area (right example). The “Lock layers for map item” option can come in very handy if you want to reduce …

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The latest version of Print composer features new Rulers and guide lines or “alignments” Rulers are a well-known feature in graphics programs such as Gimp and Photoshop. Now you can also find them in QGIS Print Composer. Click onto the ruler, hold the mouse key down and move the cursor to position guide lines for …

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This fifth part in my series on QGIS 2.0 Print Composer presents Map grids There are numerous different options for map grids in the new composer but a picture is worth a thousand words: The upper-left map features a zebra frame style and coordinate labels aligned horizontally and vertically. The upper-right map shows a normal …

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Today’s spotlight is on a feature which you’ll really love if you have to arrange a little more text on a print layout: HTML labels Regular labels are limited to one font, size and color. With the new “Render as HTML” option, you gain flexibility to use HTML tags to style your text by adding …

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After guide lines and multi-column legends, today’s focus is on Overview maps Small overview maps are used to help the reader get an idea of where the region displayed on the main map is located. In the new Print Composer, it’s simple to add such overviews: Add the main map as usual. Then add another …

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After yesterday’s first post on guide lines & snapping for user-friendly map element arrangement, we’ll have a look at another great new addition: Multi-column legends In the panel on the right, there is a new section called “Columns”. Here we can create multi-column legend layouts by specifying the desired number of columns. Add some spacing …

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This is the first post in a series dedicated solely to Print Composer in QGIS 2.0 which you can already admire in recent nightly builds. Guide lines & snapping for user-friendly map element arrangement Arranging map elements has never been easier: Elements can be moved as freely as before but now they will automatically try …

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and thank you for a great 2013! It has been a very busy year between writing my first book, going to FOSS4G, writing my first journal article and continuing to write this blog. The blog view counter shows a staggering 310,000 views for 2013. The most popular posts of 2013 were: pgRouting 2.0 for Windows …

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With the major release of version 2.0, QGIS is once more returning to a fast release cycle. You can find the project road map on qgis.org. The QGIS 2.2 release is scheduled for Feb, 21st and we are already in feature freeze. This means that now is the time to get the nightly version, do …

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This post describes the three simple steps necessary to create a vintage-looking map using the blending feature in QGIS 2.0’s print composer. This is what we are aiming for: 1. Prepare the map Like any other map, this one starts in the QGIS main window. Try to stick with earthy colors which will go well …

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