There are three main ways to create maps of the finished survey.

  1. Use the Print button on the OTISS Maps page to print paper copies or create PDF documents.
  2. Use the Windows Snipping Tool (or equivalent) to copy/snip/capture a part of the screen to paste into your report (see below).
  3. Use your own CAD application to combine your existing maps and site plans with the DXF files provided by OTISS. See the CAD/DXF help page for more information.
  4. Use your own GIS application to combine your existing maps with the GIS format files provided by OTISS. See the GIS help page for more information.

Create a PDF document of a map or plan.

Rather than printing a paper copy, it’s just as easy to create a single page PDF document of the map.

The OTISS printing is largely dependent on which web browser you are using to access the OTISS website – IE, Mircosoft Edge, Firefox, Chrome, etc.

  • The Chrome web browser is the easiest/best for printing PDFs for all websites. It has a built-in method of creating PDFs from A4 to A0. In Step 6 below, just press the ‘Change…‘ button and select the ‘Save as PDF’ option.
  • On Windows, Microsoft provides a special printer called “Microsoft Print to PDF”. When you wish to print the map, select this ‘printer’ from the list of printers (Step 6. below) and it will create a single page PDF document rather than printing a paper copy. Works well for A4/A3, but it does not seem to support page sizes of A2 or larger.
  • There are also similar PDF printer utilities (such as CutePDF Writer). When installed, these appear on the list of ‘real’ printers. It is sometimes slow, but works well for A4/A3/A2, but it does not seem to support page sizes A1 or A0.

To create a PDF of the map:-

  1. Use the Site and Survey filters on the Maps page to select the required Site and Survey
  2. Press the Print button on the Maps page – this creates a new window for printing.map print button
  3. Use the controls in the top panel to setup the map as you wish. For example; Pan and Zoom to the appropriate location; select different icon sizes and label options for the Tress and assets, select portrait or landscape, select paper size, etc.
  4. Depending on which web browser you are using (see below), setup the page margins, headers/footers, etc. – and return to the OTISS page.
  5. Press the Print button (at the top of the page) and the normal Windows/Mac Printer dialog will appear.
  6. Select your printer or the PDF utility “Microsoft Print to PDF”, “Cute PDF”, etc.
  7. Important: Press the printer’s Preference/Properties button and select the Portrait/Landscape mode and paper size you require. Changing the paper size may be in the ‘Advanced’ button of the Printer Preferences. You should always do this in the Printer Properties – even though you have specified it already – the different web browsers are not consistence in how they deal with these printer instructions.
  8. Press OK to send the map to the printer.

 

Many web browsers automatically add in a header and footer onto all the printed pages – e.g. the website address, date, etc. These are not controlled by OTISS – they must be configured before you print using the web browser’s Page Setup configuration – i.e. Step 4. above,

InternetExplorer

Before you print with Internet Explorer (IE),  in Step 4. use the Settings-> Print-> PageSetup option to setup some things that OTISS cannot control.

  • Configure the Headers and Footers – we suggest you set them all to -Empty-.
  • Configure the margins to be narrow – e.g. about 15mm or less.
  • Tick the Print Background Colours and Images box.
  • Tick the Enable Shrink-to-fit box.
  • Then return to Step 5. above.

On the new Microsoft Edge browser, it is a lot easier, you don’t need any Page Setup, it can all be done when you press the Print button in Step 5.

  • Select a Printer or ‘Microsoft Print to PDF’.
  • Select the Orientation – Portrait/Landscape.
  • Set the Scale to 100%
  • Select Margins to be Narrow
  • Set the Headers and footers to Off.
  • Press the More settings and Select the Paper size to A4/A3.
Firefox

Before you print with Firefox, in Step 4. press the Menu->Print, then press the Page Setup button to setup some things that OTISS cannot control.

  • Configure the headers/footers – we suggest you set them all to –blank–.
  • Configure the margins to be narrow – e.g. about 15mm or less.
  • Tick the Print Background (colours and images) box.
  • The Close the Page Setup page
  • Then return to Step 5. above.
Chrome

On Chrome it’s a lots easier, you don’t need any Page Setup, it can all be done when you press the Print button in Step 5.

  • Press the ‘Change…‘ button to select a printer or ‘Save as PDF’.
  • Select Layout – Portrait/Landscape.
  • Press the + More settings.
  • Select the Paper size – A4/A3/A2/A1/A0.
  • Select Margins to be None/Minimum/Default – whichever looks best.
  • Set Scale to 100.
  • Untick the Headers and footers box.
  • Tick the Background graphics box.
 Most other web browsers have similar features.

Print a paper copy of a map or plan.

Use the above instructions, but select a real printer in Step 6 above.

Having problems?

If you map comes out on 2 pages, then check the following:

  • Check that you have selected the same Layout and Paper size on the OTISS Print page and in the Printer Preferences/Properties. It does need to the checked in both places!
  • Check that you have selected narrow/minimum margins (e.g. 15mm or less).

The Chrome web browser seems to work best for creating large PDFs for A0/A1 sizes.

 

Extract a portion of a map to insert into a report.SnippingTool

You often need several different maps to insert into reports. For example; an overview of the site, a close up of one particular area, etc.

Windows 7/8/10 has a very useful utility called the Snipping Tool that can be used when you are running any Windows application. Snipping Tool allows you to take a snapshot of any part of your screen to be pasted into a document or saved as a file on disk.

  1. Press the Print button on the Maps page – this creates a new window for printing.
  2. Use the controls in the top panel to setup the map as you wish. For example; Pan and Zoom to the appropriate location; select different icon sizes and label options, select portrait or landscape, etc.
  3. Start up the Snipping Tool from the Windows Start menu and press New.
  4. Click-and-drag the mouse cursor to draw a rectangle around the appropriate part of the OTISS map.
  5. The image will appear in the Snipping Tool.
  6. Use the Sniping Tool’s Pen and Highlighted to annotate the map.
  7. Press the Copy button.
  8. Open your document and paste the image into your report.