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You use these templates to produce maps.

  • Imperial Template—This template has imperial units in decimal inches, ANSI sheet sizes, ANSI dimensioning, and Arial text.

  • Metric Template—This template has metric units in millimeters, ISO sheet sizes, ISO dimensioning, and Arial text.

Atlas Map symbols for the United States are available in the Symbol Explorer for these templates. The Draw toolbar containing tools to create maps appears on the left of the drawing window.

Mapping Workflow

You can create maps with Maintain Relationships set on or off.

Set up the sheet.

  1. Select an appropriate sheet size. The default scale is 1:1.

    Draw the map.

  2. Place map symbols by using the mouse to drag from the Symbol Explorer. While dragging a symbol for placement, use the left/right arrow keys on the keyboard to rotate the symbol dynamically before placement.

  3. Use the up/down arrow keys to select different drag points on the symbol before placement. If you press Alt during symbol placement, the alignment indicators are temporarily disabled, allowing symbol placement with grid snap or visual alignment.

  4. You can use two methods to place multiple copies of the same symbol:

    • Holding down the right mouse button, drag the symbol into the template. When you release the right mouse button to place the symbol, you are prompted with two options. Click Stamp Here, and use the left mouse button to place multiple copies of the symbol.

    • Press Ctrl as you drag in a symbol with the left mouse button. Place the first instance of the symbol while holding down the Ctrl. Once you have placed the first symbol, you can release the Ctrl key and use the left mouse button to place multiple copies of the symbol.

  5. When you drag and pause a symbol over an existing map symbol drop point, a tool tip appears, identifying the state to be placed adjacently. Dropping the symbol on the drop point ensures that the state boundaries match perfectly.

    Place text.

  6. Double-click symbols to place text in the center of the symbol. The active text settings in the file are used.

  7. To highlight existing text for properties editing or moving, pause the pointer over text until the QuickPick indicator displays. Then click and select the numbered box that represents the text. Right-click on the highlighted text to edit properties.

  8. To move the highlighted text, click the green lock to unlock. Move the text to a new position. Note that text is entered in paper units regardless of the sheet scale.

    Finish the drawing.

  9. Finish the map by drawing details, adding text, or modifying the symbols to enhance the map.

The following symbol sets aid in drawing maps.



[Product Folder]\Symbols\Diagramming \Atlas Map\US States

United States Map symbols. These symbols have drag points as well as special behaviors for enhanced placement and modification.

See Also

Create a Template