Requirements

An internet connection is required to connect to web services.

 

Web Feature Service

Import vector data using the Web Feature Service (WFS). It accesses web servers that deliver vector content in GML format. To access WFS settings, choose Web Feature Service in the Format drop-down list of the Import or Multiple Data Import dialog box and click the Service link to choose a web service. MAPublisher supports WFS version 1.0.0, 1.1.0, and 2.0.0.

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The Browse Web Feature Service dialog box maintains a list of loaded map services; loaded maps are from Avenza, added individually or add from a list. This list can be populated with sample services aggregated by Avenza. To do so, click the Load Services From Avenza button. Loaded services from Avenza can't be edited or deleted. This list can also be populated with services in a file. To do so, click the Load Services From File button. To add a new service click the Add button, then add the service URL and version number. Added services are saved into WFS_ServicesFile.xml located in the MAPublisher directory.

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To remove a service, select a row and click the Remove button. To add a folder, click the Add Folder button or click the Add Subfolder button to create a nested folder.

To add features, select a service and click OK. In the Select Features dialog box, choose features to import from the Features section. The Description column provides bounding box coordinates and abstract information about the feature. Click the Specify Spatial Filter to specify exact coordinates to limit the area being imported. Optionally, click the Set out Folder for File check box and browse to a location to save the features locally (not required to use the feature).

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The Specify Spatial Filter dialog box allows you to use the extents of another layer or specify exact coordinates (opposite corners) to limit the area being imported.

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Web Map Service

Import raster data with the Web Map Service (WMS). It accesses web servers that deliver raster content in a variety of formats. There are no format specific settings associated with this importer. To access WMS, choose Web Map Service in the Format drop-down list in the Import or Multiple Data Import dialog box.

The Browse Web Map Service dialog box maintains a list of loaded map services; loaded maps are from Avenza, added individually or add from a list. This list can be populated with sample services aggregated by Avenza. To do so, click the Load Services From Avenza button. Loaded services from Avenza can't be edited or deleted. This list can also be populated with services in a file. To do so, click the Load Services From File button. To add a new service click the Add button, then add the service URL and version number. MAPublisher only supports WMS version 1.1.1. Added services are saved into WMS_ServicesFile.xml located in the MAPublisher directory.

To add a map, select a service and click OK. In the Select Web Map Layer dialog box, choose from an available list of layers from the Layers tree to import. The layer description provides information about the selected layer. Only the MAP View coordinate systems that are supported by the WMS will be included in the Coordinate System drop-down. A preview of the layer shows its bounding box coordinates. In the Output Options, specify an output image format from the Format drop-down. Click the Select Area button to specify four exact coordinates to limit the area being imported. Optionally, check the Set Output Folder For Image option and browse to a location to save it locally (not required to use the feature).

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Select Area

Drawing a marquee box in the map preview is the quickest and simplest method to select an area. In the preview image, click and drag to draw to select an area—the image immediately crops to the select area. The crop area can be only as large as the extent of the image and only one crop area can be defined at a time. Click Undo to undo the previous selection. Click Reset to Original Extents to return to the original extents of the layer specified by the service.

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Select Area By Extents

To select an area by extents, click the Select Area By Extents button. Begin by setting the coordinate system (geodetic or projected) and if necessary, the coordinate format (only for geodetic coordinate systems). Settings and units in this dialog box change depending on whether a geodetic or projected coordinate system is used.

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When the coordinate system is geodetic (e.g. WGS 84), specify the Latitude and Longitude values in the Minimum and Maximum boxes to define a precise selection area. Several formats are available in the Format drop-down, including: Decimal Degrees, Delimited Degrees Minutes Seconds, Degrees.Minutes, Degrees.MinutesSeconds, Packed DMS with decimal point, and Packed DMS. The preview image updates and draws the selection area using the coordinates specified.

 

To use a specified coordinate system, select Specified Coordinate System from the Use drop-down and click the coordinate system link to browse for one. When using a projected coordinate system (e.g. Winkel-Tripel), specify the X and Y values in the Minimum and Maximum boxes to define a precise selection area. The units indicated will be the same as the specified coordinate system (e.g. meters). The preview image updates and draws the selection area using the coordinates specified.

Select Area By Position

To select an area by position, click the Select Area By Position button. Use this feature to select an area of the image based on dimension from a specific base point. Begin by setting the coordinate system (geodetic or projected) and if necessary, the coordinate format (only for geodetic coordinate systems). Settings and units in this dialog box change depending on whether a geodetic or projected coordinate system is used.

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In the Point drop-down, choose a position for the base point. Under Base Point, specify the Latitude and Longitude values (or X and Y if using a projected coordinate system) of the point of which the select area will be based on. This position defines where the select area is created relative to the base point. The diagram below explains base point positioning.

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Under Dimensions, specify Width and Height values (in the same units as the base point) of which the select area dimensions will be drawn to. If needed, click the Constrain dimensions check box to keep both dimension values the same (create a square select area). If a specified coordinate system is projected, it is possible to change the dimension units. Click the Change Units button and choose a new measurement unit. The preview image updates and draws the selection area using the base point and dimensions specified.

Select Area By MAP View

Select the WMS image area using the extents of a MAP View in the document. Click the Select Area By MAP View button and choose a MAP View from the drop-down.

Select Area By File Vector Extents

Use this feature to select an area based on the geographic extents of a vector file. Click the Select By Vector File Extents button to select a vector dataset. Choose from a variety of vector formats including shapefiles, KML/KMZ, GPX, and DWG. Note that this does not select an area to the boundary defined by the vector, only a rectangular shape defined by its geographic extents.

information Esri formats such as geodatabases (GDB, MDB, MXD) and text formats (TXT, CSV, XLS) are not supported.

Select Area By Coordinate System Envelope

Select the WMS image area using the envelope of a coordinate system to define the selection area of the current WMS image. Click the Select Area By Coordinate System Envelope button to choose a coordinate system. The preview image updates and draws the selected area using the extents of the coordinate system envelope specified. It is important to use a coordinate system envelope that falls within the extents of the current WMS image. If only a portion of the envelope falls within the extents, it will still be selected. If a coordinate system envelope is outside of the image’s extents, it will fail to select and a warning will appear.

Preferences

These preferences affect the coordinate display when selecting WMS images.

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Coordinate Display

Enable or disable coordinate display including pixel, WGS 84, Geodetic Base and the image's coordinate system.

 

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Last updated: 4/4/2019