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SWriverstone

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Hi...I'm wondering if there is a free or inexpensive way to get shapefiles into Adobe Illustrator? (By whatever means.) I've done some searching and noticed some people suggest the MAPublisher plugin for Illustrator...except...that's like...THOUSANDS of dollars! :-O (A little out of my league I'm afraid.)

 

Any other possibilities or known ways to do it? After all, all these file formats are just numbers, right? :-)

 

Thanks,

Scott



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IIRC you can do a SVG output from QGIS (qgis.org) and open that in Illustrator. It would just be the geometry data though, no attributes, which is one of the reasons why I love MAPublisher so much ;)


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Hi

 

Rather than buying Mapublisher, let someone who owns it do it for you :rolleyes: . I will also generate labels if the shp files have suitable attributes.

 

Let me know.

 

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Oh I remember Axis maps has an app Indiemapper http://indiemapper.com/app/

 

It can generate svg from shp, kml, etc.



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IIRC you can do a SVG output from QGIS (qgis.org) and open that in Illustrator. It would just be the geometry data though, no attributes, which is one of the reasons why I love MAPublisher so much ;)

The layout composer feature in Quantum Geographic Information Systems remains at this point less then the desired output that a cartographer wants to see before exportation into Adobe Illustrator.  It's understandable we are talking about about a free product. Yet "I" feel that despite the major advancement of the software near to the legacy & out of its league Manifold System that there is a disappointing aspect to some of the functionality.

 

It is correct that MAPublisher tends to work such a way to produce faster results, readable geometric files, database input, yet a starting cartographer should not pursue this avenue beyond the obvious costly expense for the software & yearly maintenance.  The basic principle must be explored & learned by the learner; subjects such as digitizing, corrective text placement, trivium rules in relation to cartographic principles, designing, & other techniques beyond my conscience for the moment.

 

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Of course, you can always learn how to implement your own illustrator plug-in, using the free shapelib library.
Can be done using entirely free tools, but takes a lot of learning if you haven't made an illustrator plugin before, let alone knowing how to program in C/C++.

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Hello, i'm a bit late but you can also use the (foss) ogr2ogr command line tool to convert shapefiles to SVG :

 

http://www.gdal.org/ogr_utilities.html

 

This tool is available as part of the FWTools :

 

http://fwtools.maptools.org/






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