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Importing Map Features (iOS)

Last Updated: May 01, 2018 03:17PM EDT

Avenza Maps allows the import of custom map features for use on maps both online and offline. Map Features include placemarks, tracks, lines, and areas.  

In v3.5 users can import map features directly onto a map, or import to the Layers tab where it can be linked to a map at a later time.  Also in v3.5, is the ability to link map feature layers to more than one map without having to export and import the layer each time. 

Supported import formats
Currently, the following formats are supported for import:
 

  • KML/KMZ - feature and attribute schemas
  • Shapefile* - feature data only


*Shapefiles require a Pro Subscription, as well as the appropriate files combined together in a ZIP folder in order to successfully import (.shp, .shx, .prj, and .dbf)

Import sources
You can import from several sources including:
 

  • Import Schema Only (KML/KMZ) - Allows you to import an attribute schema with no extra map features
  • Recently Used (KML/KMZ, Shapefile*) - Allows you to choose from a list of previously used layers (ideal when importing Map Features from Email, or if using the same feature layer on multiple maps).  This option can be used for offline importing
  • From iTunes File Sharing (KML/KMZ, Shapefile*) - Allows you to access your iTunes File Sharing storage. This option is ideal for offline importing
  • From Dropbox (KML/KMZ, Shapefile*) - Allows you to connect to Dropbox to import features.  Please note this option does require an internet connection and access to a Dropbox account
  • From the Web (KML/KMZ, Shapefile*)

*Shapefiles require a Pro Subscription, as well as the appropriate files combined together in a ZIP folder in order to successfully import (.shp, .shx, .prj, and .dbf)


Importing map features to the map
To import map features directly to a map:
 

  1. Open the desired map you wish to import features to
  2. Tap the Map Features icon (next to the wrench)
  3. Select Import Map Features (square with a downward arrow icon)
  4. Choose the correct import option
    • Link Layers - lets you choose existing layers from other maps to link
    • Import Layers - lets you import layers from outside sources
    • Import Schema - lets you import an attribute schema only (no data will be imported)
  5. Choose the desired source location
  6. Select the desired file to import
     

Importing map features to the Layers tab 
To import map features to the Layers tab:
 

  1. Tap the Layers tab
  2. Tap '+' icon to access the Import screen
  3. If you wish to link imported features to any map(s), you can do so one of two ways:
    1. Tap Link to Maps - lets you select the map(s) you wish to link to before selecting the import source
    2. Select Import Layers/Schema - this will ask you if you want to link to maps first
  4. Choose the desired source location (if you haven't chosen to link to maps earlier, you will be warned that imported layers are not linked to a map and subsequently asked if you wish to link layers to a map.  Select No to proceed to import your layers, or Yes to specify the map(s) to link them too first)
  5. Select the desired file to import





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