Rantin & how to's from the Med

Testing a new approach at digitising

Feb 07, 2011 by Conan Parsons

AKA trying to keep the peace!


Today we're trying something new, with my trusty assistant Ricardo.


As I may have mentioned it seems that every feature needs to be illustrator standard for the reports in France, and there have been instances of entire sites being re-digitised :s


So we (well Ricardo at the moment)are starting a test in digitising each plan individually (as we would in illustrator) but in CAD as DXF format.  Richard is attaching data like normal for CAD, and adding labels for the illustrator (me).  When he's done, the features from this drawing are pasted and merged in to the site plan (where we can GIS it), and the dxf is opened in illustrator and made to look pretty.


The resposables are happy, and my spatial data is preserved.  Simples.... I await much critism


P.S. It's in CAD as Richard is CAD trained, and not so much GIS trained.

P.P.S The same thing but a drawing in GIS and Illustrator will be another test in the future.

P.P.P.S Ricardo says his mouse is too small.  I have declined to comment on the matter


from facebook (sadly) :p

Anna H: So - you have one CAD drawing per feature? I am not sure if I understand what you are doing? The "usual" way is to digitise features spatially, in either CAD or GIS and then to export that to Illustrator / Inkscape for publication. I know you were doing it the other way round, but how did that work, not sure if I get it, isn't that a major faff??
Conan 'Schmigel' Parsons: ‎1 drawing per plan, and also that plan copied and merged in to the main drawing. Just so we have individual illustrator plans of each plan. Yes it is faff, but nearly every time CAD and GIS digitised features seem to get critised, it will be easier to tart them up individually too...
Anna H: Yeah, I get that, fair enough. Hope it will work out for you!
Conan 'Schmigel' Parsons: Me too! After this I'm out of ideas to stop people just digitising in illustrator directly!
Anna H: You know that there are really really good reasons NOT to digitise into Illustrator! It's a rubbish idea and if one does it one looses all data capability! Please PLEASE, if anyone tries giving you grief, show them this thread: It is really important NOT to digitise into Illustrator!!!!!
Conan 'Schmigel' Parsons: you could, idunno, put this all on my blog yaknow :p
Anna H: Do it!

Posted by Schmigel on February 07, 2011 at 10:38 AM CET #

Mission and test sucessful!! Nice digitising Ricardo!!!

Now do the other 200 plans! :p

Posted by Schmigel on February 08, 2011 at 08:50 AM CET #

Does this mean you've won...? :)

Posted by Anna on February 08, 2011 at 12:18 PM CET #

For now, just for now.... I feel I have but delayed a tide :p

Posted by Schmigel on February 08, 2011 at 12:23 PM CET #

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