GeoPDF maps

patrick shared this idea 5 years ago
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Allow importing geospatial pdfs with attributes, similar to the iOS PDF Maps app by Avenza.

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Hello Patrick,


Unfortunately Locus does not support geoPDF files. Anyway it could be possible to convert these format into sqlitedb format using Mapc2Mapc software. I dind’t try it but it could work. On the other hand you lost all advantages of geoPDF during conversion. How to convert:


http://docs.locusmap.eu/doku.php/manu...


You can probably skip the calibration step because geoPdf should be calibrated.

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I never heard of this map type. What`s their advantage over other map types like http://mobac.sourceforge.net/) and where is this map type common/widespread? :)

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I support this too, geoPDF allows way better options for map appearance, and it also can be edited easily in common graphic vector programs (for ex. Illustrator). I often need maps with custom fills of areas, etc, and thats not possible, nor easily done with current tools. So I end always with rasterized map, which isnt what i want ..

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I use Locus to collect data in the field. I use ArcGIS to maintain data in the office. I need the two programs to work together. I can export my map, its contents, and the attributes of those contents, from ArcGIS to a georeferenced PDF, but I cannot open this in Locus. Please help.

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Hello Patrick,


Unfortunately Locus does not support geoPDF files. Anyway it could be possible to convert these format into sqlitedb format using Mapc2Mapc software. I dind’t try it but it could work. On the other hand you lost all advantages of geoPDF during conversion. How to convert:


http://docs.locusmap.eu/doku.php/manu...


You can probably skip the calibration step because geoPdf should be calibrated.

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Locus really needs to add this functionality. All land managers in the US use ArcMap, which exports maps as geopdf and geotiff. As a result, all land managers currently use the PDFMaps app in the field. I'm not exaggerating here; all natural resource professionals use pdf maps because of this functionality. Locus GIS is NOT the answer to this problem. The ability of Locus GIS to view and edit .shp and .db files is great for editing in the field, but it is no good for viewing data. The symbology options needed to view data correctly are not available in Locus GIS, and it is not possible to add them as different land management agencies use their own proprietary symbology. The reality of the matter is that professional land managers will never use locus unless pdf viewing is added. There needs to be an EFFICIENT way to view data, such as high definition LIDAR and derivatives of LIDAR, in arcmap. There is currently not a way unless one knows how to use GDAL or MAPC2MAPC. That is not a realistic answer for a large number of people to use.

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I agree that this functionality would be very useful. PDFmaps is also used extensively in the geologic mapping community for the reasons explained by Doug. I use Global Mapper to convert pdfs exported from ArcMap into sqlite but it's time consuming.