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  • Capturing Your MapGuide View

    You can't download map data and imagery to files directly using MapGuide. It is primarily an interactive viewer, not a data delivery or data download system. That is, if you need the underlying vector or imagery data to use with other software such a ArcGIS, ArcView or AutoCAD, then the best thing you can do is to get the vector data from the Pima County GIS Library or aerial imagery as explained by Getting Orthophotos and Aerial Imagery. However, depending on your needs, you may be able to capture adequate data from the screen.

    There are two ways you can capture the viewed data using the Internet:

    • You can print the current map view by right-clicking within the map area and selecting "Print Current View". In addition to the usual printing to paper, you can "print" to a PDF file by installing a PDF converter as a virtual PDF printer driver on your PC. See the "Capturing the displayed map in Adobe PDF format" topic in Capturing Vector Data from the Screen.


    • You can copy the current view to the Windows clipboard by right-clicking within the map and selecting "Copy", "Copy Map". Then paste the viewed image into another application such as Windows Paint, Microsoft Word or many others. To use vector data rather than a map image, see Capturing Vector Data from the Screen .

    With either of these data and image capture methods, you lose both the spatial reference of the data as well as the exact scale. You may not be able to capture the entire scope of the image you need with sufficient resolution. If you attempt to zoom in on or "blow up" your copy, you will not see the added detail that you would see by zooming in on the map in MapGuide. Zoom to the desired scale before printing or copying to the clipboard.  To ensure that you are getting the best possible image to view, copy or print, see Optimizing Orthophotos, Imagery and Map Details.
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