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I've been working on updating my specs and standards for the series of travel maps I work on. Rather then write up a specs document I usually set up a "style samples" layer in AI and save that as a template with the various label and symbols shown as well as saved to the styles and symbols palettes. Below is a snap shot of my updated styles page for the OJ maps. It's such an improvement on the mess I had before I thought it might be worth sharing.

 

I'm also curious, do other cartographers do this sort of thing for setting and keeping track of styles for map series? If not how do manage map specs and standards?

 

If you have any similar docs to show off please add them to this thread.

 

I suspect ones interest in this will be a good litmus test for cartographers!

 

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Looks good David.

 

I usually don't set it up in such an elaborate way (although most of my maps are one-offs) though I have set up similar references for the map series that I do produce. A lot of my styling is captured in MAPublisher stylesheets though, using Illustrator styles and symbols.


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Looks like a great way to show a spec graphically, with some context.

 

One very minor pet peeve - that sort of palette is spelled "palette", not "pallet". The latter refers to the portable platforms used for moving stuff around (or for sleeping on). :)


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Looks like a great way to show a spec graphically, with some context.

 

One very minor pet peeve - that sort of palette is spelled "palette", not "pallet". The latter refers to the portable platforms used for moving stuff around (or for sleeping on).  :)

 

Thanks, I  missed that.


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Looks good David.

 

I usually don't set it up in such an elaborate way (although most of my maps are one-offs) though I have set up similar references for the map series that I do produce. A lot of my styling is captured in MAPublisher stylesheets though, using Illustrator styles and symbols.

 

I only make these for maps series as well and all of the styles are ultimately captured in in the styles sheets as well, that way any change to the base style is applied across all labels of that style. But I start with the graphic view to help me set them in the first place.


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With more time on my hands I might try something like this:

 

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Yes, I have a half-dozen templates I used in the FreeHand era to create new maps for repeat clients.  I still haven't entirely grokked how Illustrator brings in graphic and paragraph styles from other documents, however.


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Yes, I have a half-dozen templates I used in the FreeHand era to create new maps for repeat clients.  I still haven't entirely grokked how Illustrator brings in graphic and paragraph styles from other documents, however.

 

Each of the style palettes has a load or open option that allows you to add them in from either a saved library (in the case of symbols) or another AI doc. Or, you can take a set of styled objects from the template document and copy and paste it into a new doc. If they are style linked the new styles will appear in the new doc.


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David - I love that sort of map, it looks like a real map. I'd love it if the styles are avialable in ArcGIS. I suppose it is too much to hope that someone has done something alojng these lines for ArcGIS - every time I look at the gomplete guiden to styles for ArcGIs I feel disapointed. 

 

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I love that sort of map, it looks like a real map.

 

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