Converting Existing Maps

Converting Existing Maps

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Missing Layers. SVG maps that were originally generated by Compass or Walls have special layers in them that allow survey programs to manipulate the drawings. If a map lacks these layers, Compass or Walls cannot manipulate the maps. In addition, Compass adds additional layers that Walls does not provide. Although they aren't crucial to the process, they are handy and useful, particularly if you are used to having them available.

 

To solve this problem, the Exporter has tools that allow it to replace any missing layers during the Merge/Morph process. Click here for a detailed Tutorial on the process.

 

Maps With No Layers. If you create an SVG map without using Compass or Walls to generate the base map, the map will have none of the layers needed to allow the map to be updated, merged or morphed. The same tools that allow you to replace missing layers also allows you "adopt" a hand drawn map. The process requires some manual manipulation of the file in your editor, but one the process is complete, the can me updated, merged and morphed just like any other Compass generated map.  Click here for a detailed Tutorial on the process.

 

Adobe Maps In Inkscape. A map generated by Walls and Adobe Illustrator will not work properly in Inkscape. Specifically, the special layers that are used to manipulate the map will not visible in Inkscape. Inkscape expects a small amount of additional information on each layer for it to recognize the layer. To solve this problem, the Exporter has a special tool that will add the Inkscape information to the map. Click here for a detailed Tutorial on the process.