AutoDesk MapGuide Tips & Help

Tips and Help Index

Be sure you have installed the MapGuide Viewer before proceeding.

Basic Mapping Functions

  1. The best way to zoom in is to pick the zoom tool (magnifying glass with + ), release the mouse button, and then drag a box over the desired map area by holding down the left mouse button.
  2. More layers appear in the legend on the left as you zoom in.
  3. Click the check box next to a layer in the legend to turn the layer on or off.
  4. Move the mouse cursor over a map feature to identify the feature.
  5. If the cursor changes to a pointing hand over a map feature (mostly parcels), double-click for more information on that feature. This opens a new window. Return to the map by dismissing the new window. (Click on the "X" in the upper right hand corner of the new window.)
  6. Select parcels or streets by clicking or shift-clicking on them and use View Reports on the MapGuide toolbar to get reports on the selected map features.
  7. Hold the mouse over other MapGuide toolbar tools to see what they do. Use the right mouse button in the map area for more functions, including printing your map view.

Toolbar Button Summary

The following table shows each of the buttons on the toolbar, their accompanying popup menu commands, and a description of each. Note that some of these buttons may not appear if the map author removed the corresponding commands from the popup menu.

Toolbar Button Summary
Button Command Description
copy COPY > COPY Copy the current map view to the Clipboard (not available in the Java edition).
SELECT Select a feature in the map.
PAN Slide the map around to display areas that are outside of the current view.
ZOOM > ZOOM Zoom in by a magnification factor of two on the point that you click, or zoom in to the rectangular area you draw with the mouse.
ZOOM > ZOOM OUT Zoom out by a magnification factor of two from the point you click to display a larger area of the map.
ZOOM > ZOOM PREVIOUS Return to the previous zoom magnification and location.
ZOOM > ZOOM GOTO Zoom to a specified location or Tucson street address.
ZOOM > UNZOOM Zoom out to display the entire map.
VIEW > VIEW REPORTS Generate a report for the selected map features.
STOP Stop or interrupt the map display from updating and dynamic map layers from downloading.
HELP > HELP CONTENTS Open the online help to get information about viewing maps. If you do not have the help installed on your computer, it will be opened from the Autodesk MapGuide web site.

Getting MapGuide Help

  • Move the mouse cursor over the map itself, right-click, choose "Help" then "Help Contents...".
  • Or, go directly to the same MapGuide online help that you get by right-clicking over a map:

Scaling and Zooming

The data is on map layers and becomes visible or selectable depending on map scale (zoom factor). The bigger the map, the more detail you see. Some layers are only available at certain scales. For instance, you need to zoom in to see parcels and zoom out to see major streets and routes. The legend to the left of the map adjusts automatically to show the layers available at the current scale. A check mark next to the layer name indicates that the layer is being displayed. You can check boxes to add layers and un-check them to remove layers.

Double-clicking on Map Features to get More Information

When you move the mouse pointer over an object that is linked to a another web page, the pointer changes from an arrow to a pointing hand. This means you can double-click on the map feature to load and display a page with more information about the object.

Printing a Map

To print a map, right-click somewhere within the map area and select "Print Current View."

Prior to printing, you can right-click and select "Page Setup..." to control some of the printed map's appearance, particularly the title. The default "Scale plot to fit page" is usually the best choice.

You have control over what is printed on the map. Specifically, you can turn off the title, legend, scale bar, north arrow, URL address and date/time to customize your printed map. These options are under Page Setup... in the map's right-click menu. By turning off all these optional features, the map will fill the printed page. You may also need to select the Landscape option in your printer's "Print Setup..." dialog.

If you have problems printing from MapGuide:  Remember to right-click within the map itself and use the "Print Current View" option from the right-mouse-click menu. If you use your browser's "File", "Print..." or the Print icon on your browser's toolbar, it may not work. Try switching from Netscape to Internet Explorer or Internet Explorer to Netscape as the case may be. Ensure that you are running MapGuide Viewer version 4 or newer by right-clicking in the map again and seeing the version under "Help", "Help About". Depending on your printer, printing maps or other large graphics may require more memory internal to your printer. If you don't have enough printer memory, the map printout may be incomplete, on two pages, or show some kind of pattern over the map. Printer memory is usually more of an issue with printers that print a full page at a time, such as laser printers. Some printers require that you specify the printer memory size in the printer properties device settings to match the printer's installed memory. Make sure these match. You may need to add memory to your printer. If printing still doesn't work, there may be a problem with your printer driver, either an old driver or the wrong driver for your printer. This is a common problem. Check your printer manufacturer's web site for the latest driver. If all else fails, try another PC entirely, perhaps a friend's to prove that it can work and the problem is in your PC system somewhere. It's highly unlikely that MapGuide printing problems are caused by a problem with our web servers.