Import Multiple Datasets with Different Coordinate Systems

1.Create a new Letter sized Adobe Illustrator document in landscape orientation.

2.From the MAPublisher toolbar, click the Multiple Data Import button.

3.In the Multiple Data Import dialog box, click Add.

4.Select MapInfo Table [*.tab] from the Format drop-down list.

5.Click Browse, navigate to the Tutorial Data folder, select, and click Open.

6.Click OK to close the Add dialog box.

The selected file appears in row 1 of the file list. The coordinate system of displays NAD27. The coordinate system preview area lists various parameters of the file including the name of the coordinate system, page and map anchors, visual scale, and map angle.

7.Click the Add button to add another file.

8.Select Esri Shapefile [*.shp] from the Format drop-down list.

9.Click Browse, navigate to the Tutorial Data folder, select worldwest.shp, and click Open.

10. Click OK to close the Add dialog box.


The worldwest.shp file appears in the second row of the file list and displays the Robinson coordinate system.

11. In the Destination MAP View frame, choose the Based on imported data from the Method drop-down and choose worldwest.


The destination MAP View will be based on the Robinson coordinate system and page scaling on the worldwest.shp file.

12. Click OK to import the two files.

The map files are automatically sized to fit the page. Note that the Auto-scale option was not checked in the Multiple Data Import dialog box. The page scaling was based on the worldwest.shp which contained larger geographic extents than the in all four compass directions.

In the Adobe Illustrator Layers panel, new layers called usa_area and worldwest_area are added. Also, in the MAP Views panel there is a new MAP View containing the imported files (the MAP View has the same name as the file selected for the MAP View destination).


13. Close the document without saving.

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Last updated: 4/4/2019