Obscure Illustrator question: Notes in the Attributes panelIllustrator Attributes Notes
Posted 19 February 2015 - 12:44 PM
I use the Notes option in the Attributes panel to attach names to lines, symbols etc. as I create them. Then when I come back to label things the name is right there and I don't have to search for it.
So here's my question. It seems that I have to save the document each time after entering a note or it is lost. Is that right? My current document (with a raster-file base for tracing) is over 100 mB, and all that saving is very slow. Is there a better way to do this?
I do have MaPublisher but I don't know how to use it (and I haven't got $1000+ for training, thanks). The shape files are too detailed for my use and tracing is faster than editing them. So of course I lose the original attributes.
Posted 19 February 2015 - 01:19 PM
If you have MaPublisher you can import the .shp files then use either the MaPub simplify or the regular Illy simplify tools to reduce the line complexity and remove nodes. Experiment with the Illy simplify tool to see if it will get you to the level of generalization that you need. It has the added benefit of smoothing curves out so they are no longer a series of strait line segments.
MaPub also preserves the attributes from you data which can be used to directly label in Illy, although you'll need to do manual touch up of course.
I'd spend some time experimenting with MaPublisher as it's well worth it to learn how to use it for production mapping if you already have it.
Posted 20 February 2015 - 04:37 AM
I'll echo what David said about MAPublisher. In short, if you create a Map Layer for your data and create an attribute you can fill that with your notes without having to save after every note you've entered (though I'll recommend saving often). There's a PDF tutorial that comes with MAPublisher that should cover that, and there's also a set of training videos available (in the interest of full disclosure: I created those and would thus benefit from any sales)
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Posted 21 February 2015 - 08:25 AM
I am ordering the training videos so my next project won't run in to the same problem.
The current project is 40+ maps for a book on one-room schoolhouses for the local historical society, unpaid and rushed. In this situation it's faster to do things the way I always have been than to take the time to learn something new. I still have aesthetic hesitations about using gis...I'll need some hand-holding to feel comfortable with it.
So I'll be coming back for more of your ready and helpful advice.
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