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Hello everyone,

We're working on some maps that have backdrops of Nautical charts (they are fisheries related) and noticed that we couldn't find a good nautical symbol library to represent sites like buoys. Does anyone know where we may be able to acquire symbol sets such as these?

Thanks in advance!

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Since you are in US, I would definitely check out NOAA charts. Easy enough to draw a set from these.
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We're working on some maps that have backdrops of Nautical charts (they are fisheries related) and noticed that we couldn't find a good nautical symbol library to represent sites like buoys. Does anyone know where we may be able to acquire symbol sets such as these?


Nautical chart symbology can be very complex - navigation marks such as buoys have a part that floats (or stands) and a topmark, plus multiple lights of different colors and flash patterns, foghorns, etc. Displaying them properly on maps or charts often requires rather more than just a symbol font.

ESRI has a specific extension to ArcGIS for production of nautical charts - PLTS Nautical Solution - see http://www.esri.com/...s/nautical.html

It could save you a lot of time and effort.

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Hello everyone,

We're working on some maps that have backdrops of Nautical charts (they are fisheries related) and noticed that we couldn't find a good nautical symbol library to represent sites like buoys. Does anyone know where we may be able to acquire symbol sets such as these?

Thanks in advance!

Analisa


Analisa,

if you use ArcGIS it is pretty easy to creat your own set of marker symbols. We have created custom symbology for a few projects and infact have our own set of Standard symbology as well. Its just a case of Creating and sharing the style files.
You can create files in Illustrator or Freehand and then export as a .jpg and use these as a picture symbol of utilise/canabolise the existing font symbols to creat new symbols. In 9.2 there is actually a symbol creator tool which looks very useful.
It also give you the option to create line, fill, text standards too.
If you need any further help give me a shout.

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You can create files in Illustrator or Freehand and then export as a .jpg and use these as a picture symbol of utilise/canabolise the existing font symbols to creat new symbols. In 9.2 there is actually a symbol creator tool which looks very useful.


Or better yet... Export to EMF and your symbols will be vector and scalable withing ArcMap.

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The National Park Service symbol collection has a number of nautical symbols which could be useful in Illustrator (see attachment)

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