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HI all,

 

Finally managed to publish something new. Attached is a jpg of my Oregon Lighthouses map, designed for the Avenza PDF Maps app.

 

Took a road trip up the coast from The Bay Area to Netarts Bay in Oregon this past summer and this was one of two or three mappy ideas I had along the way.

 

Pretty simple map. Locates the current 11 Oregon lighthouses along the coastal highway. Depicts lighthoue ranges as a series of buffers. Set to multiply and show off the range overlaps. Shows major highways and county routes, selection of towns, parks and beaches.

 

Left side of the map is a brief guide to each of the lighthouses with photo (for most), access or viewing information and contact numbers for those light houses open to the public.

 

There is no image for the southern most lighthouse. Can't find a good public domain image, will need to drive back up and take my own ; )

 

I'd like to update with more geographic and recreation information but this will suffice for an initial iteration.

 

All thoughts, advice, opinionated opinions, and amusing anecdotes welcome.

 

Cheers,

David

 

PS, the image at my link below may be better quality than the one attached here.

http://www.mapbliss....gonLighthouses/

 

Attached File  ORLigthousesImage-01.jpg   146.26KB   87 downloads


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Looks pretty good, nice and clean.  Blank space sells.

 

My opinionated opinion would be that I am not a big fan of the scale, north arrow, and projection codicil on the same VH as the title.  Maybe this is embedded with PDF Maps, but a waypoint for each lighthouse would be nice.

 

It appears that your range indicator and scale bar are not the same.  Cape Meares range looks more like 35 miles with your range indicator.

 

How does Avenza PDF Maps work for you?  I know that you have had Koke'e State Park Map out there for some time.  I've thought about dabbling with it, but I don't want to spend 30 hours to make $50.00.

 

Good job,

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Thanks Kru,

 

I think you're right, the scale and N arrow could be de saturated a bit. I prefer having them in the "Legend" box, I don't want to spread those elements around the map unless it's a larger reference map. Arguably there is no need for a N arrow (and truth be told true N is slightly rotated off top of page anyway, but not enough to matter, in this case it's mostly an embelishment that I decided to keep in the map).

 

No waypoints embedded in the map but I could create an accompanying KML of lighthouse locations and provide it from the map website. KMLs can be loaded directly into the map in PDF Maps. But potential map users might take that over the PDF map so not sure if its worth including. Of course its relatively easy to make your own by grabbing the coordinates online.

 

Good observation on the scale and range indicators, definitely seems off. They are both from the same Map View so should be in agreement. I'll double check the values for the ranges and the scale. It could be a projection issue. I'm not sure how MAPublisher handles buffer generation.

 

I love PDF Maps, but I'm not really making any money off it (yet). I get a kick out of seeing the maps purchased, it's gratifying if nothing else. But to actually make money you probably need a large library of titles within a specific set of characteristics and an upper limit to time invested in map creation. I'll probably never get back the time I put into the Kokee map but I did that because I love Kokee and my island and wanted to make the map, putting it out there for others to  purchase and use is just an extra.

 

In order to get any purchases at all you really need to build a page for each map you sell so there is something for web searchers to land on and search engines to index. It also helps to spread the word at sites like Yelp and Wikipedia and contact any organizations that are connected to your map.

 

What I'm trying now is to make maps that are less time consuming to create but tap into a large group of users. Tourist and recreation guide maps seem to be a good target. The map itself is fairly simple but gives the map users enough to base an itinerary off of for a coastal tour. The key is added information like the side bar of basic info and contact numbers for the lighthouses. It's info that is readily available online but pulling it together in one place makes it that much more convenient. I think the guide info on my Kokee map is the real added value there as well and is likely why most people pick it up. It wpuld be great if PDF Maps had the ability to embed links in the map files so users could link directly from the guide to pages about the map features themselves, or back to a supplementary page created by the map author -Ted, you reading this? ; )


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I have one question: how did you calculate the range of each lighthouse?



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FYI, scale was off. Bars are actually about 10km and 10mi. Corrected in new version, but website still shows old scale for now. Thanks Kru.


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Hi David,

 

I think you're on to something regarding the sale of easy-to-make maps (non time consuming) but yet provide much value to a great number of people. I wonder if advertising this map, in particular, on RV forums might garner some sales.

 

FYI The last lines on the page have a few typos: "Once the free PDF Maps app has ben installed search with in th app for Oregon Lighthouses to get the map!"



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Thanks Gretchen,

 

Rushed publishing the website as usual. I've updated it a few times now, for those and a few other typos. Will eventually go back and fill in more info and add direct links to the app and map if possible.


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