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bvolberding

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Dear CartoTalk community,

 

I downloaded the following shapefile from data.sfgov.org and want to use it for a map:

 

https://data.sfgov.o...ed-Sh/5rn4-fswj

 

It would be great if I could just export into Illustrator and be able to use it from there rather than tracing it all (I'm a woodworker with access to a CNC laser that runs off .ai files).

If anyone has the ability to do a quick export of this from their own machine it would be much appreciated!  Alternatively, maybe someone could give guidance to a novice on how to accomplish this conversion sans expensive mapping software.

 

Thanks much for the help.

 

Best,

 

Ben



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Here we go...

 

You could use a tool like QGis (free/open source) to do this conversion as well. There might be some web-based tool, but I am not sure which one that would be.

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If you're going to be doing this type of conversion alot, I would recommend looking into a license for Mappublisher.  This requires a license however, and they aren't cheap.  Free trial?

 

http://www.avenza.com/mapublisher

 

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You can use our MAPublisher plugin for Illustrator, which is a suite of geospatial tools for Illustrator that will import shapefiles and other GIS data formats and draw them to scale on whatever document size you require. www.mapublisher.com

It will import the shapefile with all the spatial accuracy and underlying data attributes.

There is a 14 day fully functional trial you can use to see if it will satisfy.


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Easiest way would be to tell me where to email you an Illustrator file.   ;)

 

Oops, I see that frax beat me to it.

 

Second easiest way is probably to use IndieMapper, export to SVG, and then open the exported SVG in Illustrator.


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Thanks all for the help.  Very much appreciated!






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