They make Artboard a general vector drawing package and Ortelius specifically tailored for map-making.
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Could also try VectorDesigner. I've been dying to try Ortelius, but I'm afraid I would like it too much and I can't afford it.
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Otherwise, I use Illustrator which isn't a great solution, but it works. It's not great because if you want to extend a map, it gets a little tricky. Since it sounds like you're just trying to ensure that everyone knows where to find the catering truck on this shoot rather than doing honest-to-goodness cartography, would something like OmniGraffle suit your needs, or do you need something more suited to making actual maps? OG excels at throwing diagrams together quickly, so if you can use it to create something recognizable, it might help you get back to doing your "real job" more quickly.
After seeing your post I tried Ortelius.
Ortelius Map Illustration Software for Mac OS X
Easily the best package on the Mac for this purpose that I've run across. This is after about an hour playing with it, so I'm sure there is still more to learn. That's a nice review, Hap.
Your process is very similar to mine -- I often use an image from Google Maps or from Topos or from a map I have scanned as the basis for the more purposeful map on which I am working. By purposeful here, I mean that the map is focused on my purposes and thus what I am doing is "stripping" out other kinds of information that I don't need. Then usually some map keys that show parking, the set, etc. I think what my assistant has done in the past is pull up an area map on Google, then uses Illustrator to add all of our specifics and highlight routes, etc.
So I guess it's more actual maps with our stuff to customize From Mapdiva: Ortelius is a full-featured vector drawing application, especially for map design. Draw directly with features such as roads, rivers, coastlines, buildings, symbols, and contours.
Ortelius is known for its unique "connectable tracks" and expert stacked styles that make drawing tedious map features easy. Every object supports attribute data that can be referenced by text labels, and everything can be directly drawn and positioned simply by dragging and dropping. What do you need to know about free software? Publisher's Description.
Ortelius Map Design Software For Mac Os - World Map Design Png
Full Specifications. Screenshots Next Back. Release for MacOS Change: replaced Symbols exercise template.