All posts by Nicholas Duggan FRGS Cgeog (GIS)

ArcGIS Transparent Text 7

How to Add Transparent Text to ArcGIS in 4 Easy Steps

ArcGIS is a great piece of software but has some small functionality missing which, to a cartographer or perfectionist (like myself), can be a little frustrating. So I was really pleased when I discovered a way to create transparent text, something which has eluded me for a long time in ArcGIS. Lets consider this map:...

Maptime co-founder Alan McConchie (back, left) teaches Tilemill 1 and 2 at a Maptime meetup at Stamen’s offices in 2014. Credit: Christie Hemms.

Maptime

A new source of support for mapmakers is spreading internationally. With so many sectors and niches, the spatial/IT industry was falling into silos. Then, seemingly from out of nowhere groups started appearing, first in the United States and then in Europe, under the label “Maptime,” in a similar fashion to the hackathons a decade ago. ...

Maptime – A [UK] user experience

A year ago if you had said “Maptime” to me, I would have thought you were mad. I have now been to three “Maptime” events, and I want to share my experience, as you may be sitting there perplexed as to what you would gain from it. Maptime is increasing in popularity. Before Christmas [2014]...

QGIS v ArcGIS: the Rematch?

Thank you to all of you who commented and discussed my last QGIS v ArcGIS article. Many of you pointed at some of the perspective taken with the article, for example, there was mention that it wasn’t fair as ArcServer wasn’t tested or that the 3D tools weren’t compared. Yes, you are correct, it would...

Using Google Earth to Make 3D Models

No, I haven’t gone crazy; in fact quite the opposite. I was sent a visualisation of a wind farm from a company this week, and the back of my mind was niggling at me, telling me that I could do better at little or no cost. My first few attempts were involving QGIS2Threejs (QGIS 3D...

QGIS v ArcGIS

Okay, so I’m likely to get lynched, but before all the lovers/haters come out of the woodwork I’d like to remind everyone that these two systems are both great achievements. We are looking at two software systems that have changed the way we look at the world and the way we think about the world...