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I'd like to hear what kind of workflows you have for producing your maps.

Some sample questions:
What programs do you use? In what capacity?
What kind of strategies do you have to eliminate downtime or wasted time?
What kind of inhouse printing do you utilize?

I'm not trying to steal anyones ideas, I just wanted to get a feel for how other professionals out there are working...


Thanks!

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so, uh, no one wants to share?

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so, uh, no one wants to share?


It's a slow period, Christmas eve.

But here's some answers to get things going:
- Illustrator and MAPublisher for the main map production, a range of other tools such as Global Mapper, FME, Manifold etc for data preparation.
- Downtime? Now that's an interesting concept :rolleyes:
- A standard all-in-one inkjet. If I need really good prints, I can always go to one of my partners and use his A0 plotter.
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so, uh, no one wants to share?


Also, this has been touched on in other threads in the past. Perhaps much of what you are looking for is in the archive.

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- map production
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I usually start with tons of data in ArcGIS and export everything from there...

to Illustrator and Photoshop. (One day I will break down and buy Mapublisher)

I might even take those into Flash for Animation purposes.

Downtime? That's not too much of a concept for a Grad Student! :wacko:
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1.What programs do you use? In what capacity?
I use ArcGIS as a data-prep & GIS processing tool and finish most projects in Illustrator CS3 along with the Mapublisher plugin. It really depends on the project. Sometimes I'll use Arc for everything.

What kind of strategies do you have to eliminate downtime or wasted time?
Careful planning before going to the computer keeps me from spinning my wheels. Without a good project out-line or a clear goal I have a tendency to focus on my favorite "map building" stages first, rather than on what makes the most sense.

What kind of inhouse printing do you utilize?

HP 5000 and an HP 5500



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What programs do you use? In what capacity?
Illustrator, a few legacy files in Freehand. MaPublisher. Photoshop. InDesign. Filemaker. Excel. AppleWorks. And each workflow is different; I just reach for whatever seems like the most efficient way to get where I want.

What kind of strategies do you have to eliminate downtime or wasted time?
Have "background projects" going, with out a strict deadline, that I can get back to when all the brushfires have been put out. Then there's the cartographic equivalent of polishing the fire engine: cleaning up the desk.

What kind of inhouse printing do you utilize?
We have a color laser and an HP7600, which we use for both proofing and short-run finished output.

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What programs do you use? In what capacity?
ArcGIS for some intial data preparation and export to .ai files. Freehand for text placement, adding labels, points of interest, etc. Good old paper and pens for indexing (and excel) Photoshop for map covers. pull all the elements into InDesign for layout and PDF generation.

What kind of strategies do you have to eliminate downtime or wasted time?
Downtime? Whats that?

What kind of inhouse printing do you utilize?
We use a Canon color printer and a couple of 54 inch HP plotters to print proofs, and for some stuff that we print in house.

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My work starts in ArcGIS (XP box) then migrates into a PDF workflow through Adobe's Creative Suite of software (Apple box).

It works quite well and I recently discovered the power of Apple's Automator!

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What programs do you use? In what capacity?
Primarily ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator. Prepare the data in Arc, prepare the map in Illy.

What kind of strategies do you have to eliminate downtime or wasted time?
I try to prepare any data so that I can easily reuse it in other projects... And to learn the tools properly (a never-ending challenge), and find add-ons and helpers that make things easier.

What kind of inhouse printing do you utilize?
None.
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What programs do you use? In what capacity?
Autocad map 2008 9soon to be 2009) and ArcGIS.

What kind of strategies do you have to eliminate downtime or wasted time?
Tinkering with A-cad map to see how diff. features work. Stratagizing new consepts for future products, web surfing.

What kind of inhouse printing do you utilize?
HP Large format printer.
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- exercise
- play Age of Empires I, II, & III
- play Wii, (anything Baseball related, Legend of Zelda, & Metriod Prime)
- make bids on freelance sites
- Bug Hans :lol:

The workflow is almost same; GIS exports polished with Ilustrator, Freehand, Photoshop etc. But the interesting part is getting work, and pretty tough in today's scenario. So could you guide us on some of the freelance sites that you bid on??

Thanks

Anu
http://www.mapsandlocations.com

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- exercise
- play Age of Empires I, II, & III
- play Wii, (anything Baseball related, Legend of Zelda, & Metriod Prime)
- make bids on freelance sites
- Bug Hans :lol:

The workflow is almost same; GIS exports polished with Ilustrator, Freehand, Photoshop etc. But the interesting part is getting work, and pretty tough in today's scenario. So could you guide us on some of the freelance sites that you bid on??

Thanks

Anu
http://www.mapsandlocations.com


Look I'll be honest with you, even if I give you these site for you to visit I can guarantee you that you will not have much success over there either. It took me six months to win a mere $200.00 contract & that is after I made well close to 50 bids. Believe me you have to offer more then just mapping services to get anywhere: if you only have basic GIS knowledge, expand on it & go beyond it. Recently I mentioned that I was interested in GIS intergration & IMS applications & suddenly I have received more leads then I have when I was as a mere mapping technician. The only problem is the learning curve, so if you are new to that end of GIS hire others so that you can learn from their experience & skills to train you as a seasoned programmer.

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My work starts in ArcGIS (XP box) then migrates into a PDF workflow through Adobe's Creative Suite of software (Apple box).

It works quite well and I recently discovered the power of Apple's Automator!


What mapping-related tasks do you find Automator useful for?




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