VERY new to GIS. Started with ArcGIS. Now using QGIS and experimenting with Google maps as well. Here is my task. We have an alumni map that was created long ago in Adobe Illustrator that shows all the alumni that have graduated from ou program over last 20 yrs and where they are now. In Illustrator it was bascially adding a new marker to the appropriate location on a vector map.
This map gets printed as a 5x8' poster annually showing our gradtuates in continental US. Im looking to automate this using a spreadsheet with the alumni first job coordinates placed on a US map. Works pretty well in QGIS. So the autmoation on geo location done. But getting it to our print format/styl/design is problematic. However, our end goals are:
Struggling with them all, but slowly getting the hang of styls and cosmetics.
So my gestalt questions are:
Interesting slant: in trying to larn and accomplish this Im interested enough to learn more if I can. I wouldnt mind using a tool that is a complex tool requiring much learning. Unfortunately, my timeline will not allow that easily. So if I can save time learnign about other/better tools to use, and to weed out tools and approaches that wont work - that would really help.
Any and all input welcome. Appreciate the patience.
Admittedly I don't know anything about QGIS, but it sounds like you could just have a map and layout in ArcGIS or ArcMap, and the put the points feature layer or shapefile in that map. Since you've already figured out how to update that point layer, the rest shouldn't really need any additional work after you create the layout template.
Simply researching "ArcGIS layouts" should get you in the right direction, I hope....
Thanks for the reply! That info is encouraging. Is there a good place to find lots of templates for say "just US" that can be downloaded? See a lot of templates for complex scenerios, but wasnt sure if there was soemwhere like an Envateo Themforest for maps. Thanks again.
You can simply add a basemap and set the extent to show to United States.
If you're able to share an example of what you need the final product to look like, I can maybe suggest additional resources to help.
If I was going to do this scenario and use the quickest way to setup in ArcGIS Pro, I would probably:
That's the way I would probably recommend to do it in ArcGIS Pro!
Google Maps (Google My Maps) is also a good option if your organization uses Google accounts - you can still render the data by XY coordinates. There isn't as much available for design customization, but the nice part is that it is WAY easier to pass ownership around. So if someone else wants to continue the project, you can give them ownership rights.
I hope that helps!