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Saving as Images and Videos


In addition to true geospatial file formats, it is possible to export a Maptitude map to a bitmap image, a webpage, or even a video.

Bitmap Images

To save a bitmap image of the current map view, select File->Save As on the main menu, and choose one of the image file types. The following image types are supported:

  • Windows Bitmap (.BMP)
  • Portable Network Graphics (.PNG) – Recommended for non-lossy images
  • JPEG Compressed Image (.JPG) – Lossy but allows for high compression ratios
  • GIF Image (.GIF) – Non-lossy but should only be used for legacy applications or animation
  • TIFF Image (.TIF) – Non-lossy. Often used in publishing
  • Enhanced Metafile (.EMF) – Actually a vector format. Useful for scalable images in Windows applications


HTML Webpages

Maptitude can include the bitmap image in a HTML web page. Do this by selecting File->Save As on the main menu and HTML Document for the file type. You then need to provide a title for the web page and the image type (PNG is recommended). Maptitude can create a completely new HTML web page, or you can provide a template. This latter option is useful when you need to integrate your image into an existing web site or web page. In the template, insert the text “<!-MAP_IMAGE–>” (no quotes) wherever you want the map image to be inserted


Videos and animated GIFs

Animated GIFs are ideal for same-map slideshows or time series. Create an animated GIF by selecting Tools->Create Animated GIF from the main menu. This will display the Animated GIF Toolbox:

Animated GIF Toolbox

Animated GIF Toolbox

Enter the timer interval between each frame or slide (the above example is 5.1 secs). Make changes to your map, and then press the ‘+’ button to add a ‘snapshot’ of the map as a new frame. When you have added all the required frames, press the button with a disk to save it. Here is a simple 4 frame example:

An animated GIF example with 4 slides/frames

An animated GIF example with 4 slides/frames

Rather than creating a slideshow or stop-motion animation, Maptitude can also produce a true video. This could be useful for demonstrations, but generally requires more care. Everything in the map window is recorded, so you should make sure all ephemeral toolbars (including the Record Video toolbar) are moved off the map. Caliper also recommend that videos are kept smaller than 1024 pixels wide and 728 pixels high.

Videos are produced from the Record Video toolbar which is displayed by selecting Map->Record Video. This allows you to record, pause, and playback video recordings of the map window. The bit rate and frame rate can both be configured.

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