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Friday, April 11, 2008

Printing for ArcPad


The desire to be able to print from ArcPad has been around for a while. To date (and for the foreseeable future), our philosophy has been to keep the user experience between the Windows Mobile version of ArcPad and the Desktop version near identical. With the distinct lack of mobile printer drivers, adding the ability to print from ArcPad has remained outside of ArcPad's release schedule.

Of course that doesn't mean that people still don't just want to print from the Desktop! Developed by Explorer Graphics, XPLprint offers users the ability to print map images direct from a desktop installation of ArcPad.

The application is very simple to use and allows you print A4, letter or legal maps with a title, choice of map units, notes and your logo. The area displayed in your map window is what is used in the map. This is an excellent application for producing quick simple maps to compliment a field GIS project. EGL acknowlege that there are some limitations in the product (eg: some complex symbolgy is represented differently on the map to that displayed in ArcPad), so i can only recommend to you to be careful to study the documentation whilst appraising the application.

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1 Comments:

  • At Thursday, August 14, 2008 10:23:00 am, Blogger tkurk said…

    We use Arcpad as a navigational tool for our wildland fire fighters, and printing copies of maps for every person on a crew has been a vital need. Currently we use a simple print screen freebie which simply prints out a screenshot. I believe mobile printing would be a great addition to ArcPad. We even have mobile printers mounted in our engines for this purpose. We are running on Windows XP machines, so the drivers are of course already there. Can't wait to get 7.2, I can junk all my custom programming for the toolbar visibility since you've now built that in!

     

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