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Editing the Style of Map Objects in MapInfo Pro

Products affected: MapInfo Pro™

What is Styling ?

A style conforms to the specifications for a set of symbols, fonts, and map elements that is designed not only to represent the data but enables the placements of map elements to read and understand map. The style controls almost every type of information about the map. 

How Map Styling Helps ?

Styles can help maintain consistency and standardization in the choice of font, color, pattern, symbols, for comprehending a map by map users. It also helps in making decisions about what font, symbol, line, region styles to use to best convey the desired narrative.

Map Styling using MapInfo Pro

Use the Style option under SPATIAL menu to create, manage, and edit any styles for developing desired map styles.

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How to add styles to point features?

  1. Add a point layer to the map.
  2. Make the point layer editable.
  3. On the HOME tab, in the Windows group, click Tool Windows, and click Layers from the list, to open the Layers window.
  4. Map layers will display in the Explorer window. Click the Editable icon beside the layer name to turn On editing. Click the Selectable icon beside the layer name to turn On selection.

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On the SPATIAL tab, in the Create group, on the Style list, click Symbol Style to open the Symbol Style dialog box.

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Symbol Style
dialog box allow to specify parameters (font, symbol, color, size, angle and effects) for point symbol styling. The Symbol Style command applies only to symbols.

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Font

Select the font of the symbol style to use. The Custom Symbol option displays other buttons that are not in effect at other times. Various option exists for specifying Font for Point symbols. The font list is exhaustive and mostly covers icons from all industries to cater to user needs.

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Symbol

Select the symbol to display from this list. Changing the Font option changes the available symbols in this list. Select the desired font type (in this case MapInfo World POI) and symbols within font type to depict point features.

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Font Size

Select the size of the symbol font from this drop-down list.

Color

Select the color for the symbol from the drop-down list. This option is not available for Custom Symbols. The color picker also has option to create your own color mix based on RGB (Reed, Green and Blue) or HSV values (Hue, Saturation and Values).

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Specify various symbol background and effects to provide various ornamentation to map symbols. Assigning these additional values to point symbol, enhances cartographic representation of the map.

Background

These options set the background look of the selected symbol. Not all Background options are available for every symbol font.
  • None: Use this option to display no background for the selected symbol.
  • Halo: Use this option to display a halo in the background of the selected symbol.
  • Border: Use this option to display a black border around the selected symbol

Effects

These options can enhance the look of your symbol on the map. Not all Effects options are available for every symbol font.
  • Drop Shadow: Use this option to display a black drop shadow below the selected symbol.
  • Bold: Use this option to display the selected symbol in bold face.
Click OK to save Symbol settings
Click Cancel to cancel current selections and return to the previous dialog box



Preview

This button displays when you select a style swatch in the Layers window. Click to see what the map looks like with the new style. You can cancel the preview if you do not like what you see by clicking Cancel, or apply the modifications by clicking OK to reflect changes made to point symbol styles.

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How to add styles to line features?

Add line layer to your map. Make the line layer to work with editable. On the HOME tab, in the Windows group, click Tool Windows, and click Layers from the list, to open the Layers window. View the map layers in the Explorer window. Click the Editable icon beside the layer name to turn On editing. Click the Selectable icon beside the layer name to turn On selection.

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On the SPATIAL tab, in the Create group, on the Style list, click Line Style to open the Line Style dialog box.


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Click Line Style command which opens a dialog box to specify parameters (style, color, and width) for line styling. The Line Style command applies only to lines/polyline geometries.

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Style

Various option exists for specifying line styling for line features. The line stylesheet list is exhaustive and mostly covers styles for most type of line features viz. streets, railways, boundary lines to cater to various user needs.

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Color

Select the desired style and color to depict line features. The color picker also has option to create a custom color mix based on RGB (Reed, Green and Blue) or HSV values (Hue, Saturation and Values).

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Width

Width of the line features can be specified either in the form of Pixels/Points.
  • Pixels: Enter a number from 1-7, each number represents a line width in pixels.
  • Points: Select a point size from the drop-down list, or enter a point size.

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Interleaved

Selecting a line style that has multiple passes, the Interleaved check box is enabled. Check the Interleaved check box to use the interleave feature.

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  • The Interleaved option is not enabled for solid lines.
  • The Interleaved option is not activated for borders.
  • The Interleaved option is not appropriate for all `multiple pass' lines; if you activate the Interleaved option in this instance, it may not appear as interleaved.

Sample

  • Displays a sample of the line.

OK

  • Applies the selections

Cancel

  • Cancels the operation.

Preview

This button displays when selecting a style swatch in the Layers window. Click to see what the map looks like with the new style. Cancel the preview if things are not correct by clicking Cancel, or apply the modifications by clicking OK.

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How to add styles to region/ polygon features?

Add region/polygon layer to your map. Make the region layer that you want to work with editable. On the HOME tab, in the Windows group, click Tool Windows, and click Layers from the list, to open the Layers window. View map layers in the Explorer window. Click the Editable icon beside the layer name to turn On editing. Click the Selectable icon beside the layer name to turn On selection.

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On the SPATIAL tab, in the Create group, on the Style list, click Region Style to open the Region Style dialog box. The Region Style dialog box help set the color, pattern, and outline of closed objects. This also sets the default style, which is used when creating new objects.



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Fill Pattern

Choose a palette for patterns. Choose the letter N, for none if no fill is desired; the foreground and background color are disabled. Choosing the solid black pattern, the background color is disabled.

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Foreground

Choose a color for the object foreground. The Sample box displays the pattern using the foreground color chosen. The foreground color is applied to the part of the pattern that displays as black. Therefore, to make the object a solid color, choose the solid black pattern in the Fill Pattern palette and a color from the Foreground Color palette. The color chosen displays in the Sample box as a solid-colored region.

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Background

Check the box to display a background color; clear for a "transparent" background. Choose a color for the object's background. The background color is applied to the part of the pattern that displays as white. Background color is grayed out if the solid black pattern is chosen.

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Border Style

Choose a type of line from the drop-down list. If selecting N, the word None displays in the box. The other border style attributes are grayed, and no border displays on the screen.

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Color

Click on the Color box to display its color palette, and choose a color for the line. The color picker also has option to create a custom color mix based on RGB (Reed, Green and Blue) or HSV values (Hue, Saturation and Values).

Width

  • Pixels - Enter a number from 1-7, each number represents a line width in pixels.
  • Points - Select a point size from the drop-down list, or enter a point size.
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Sample

Displays a sample of the selections.

OK

Accept dialog box options.

Cancel

Cancel dialog box options.

Preview

This button displays when selecting a style swatch in the Layers window. Click to see what the map looks like with the new style. Cancel the preview if needed by clicking Cancel, or apply the modifications by clicking OK to display changes done to region/polygon geometries.

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UPDATED:  July 2, 2019