When 'interactive' mapping is not enough, using InstantAtlas for high quality outputs

14 August 2013 | by David Carey, Head of Marketing

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Recently some customers have asked us if they can export components of their reports to produce high quality print materials. Some people wanted to create large format posters, export vector versions of their maps and charts and produce graphics for exhibit posters and stands. Others wanted in-house designers to be able to include their maps within company brochures, or reports for meetings and presentations. What they told us was that for some purposes their reports don't always need to be interactive.

So how can you do this, well the following tutorial is to help you extract components of your reports. It is aimed at your graphics guy/team, the creative agency you work with who liaises with the printer who ultimately produces what you need at print press quality.

Before we proceed it is important to note that for this tutorial you will need to employ a combination of software tools and not just InstantAtlas. So for the purpose of this lesson I would recommend that you or your designer use Adobe Writer (not Reader) and something like Adobe Illustrator to help you create great vector based artwork from InstantAtlas outputs. You will also need to use Microsoft Internet Explorer of which I am using Version 9.

Ok let's begin

For this tutorial we are going to use the InstantAtlas Single Map Flash template, below you will see I have selected the large format configuration.

Step 1. Open the dynamic report in Internet Explorer.


Step 2. Switch off the background mapping and maximise the map screen.


Step 3. Right click the map area and select ‘Print Preview’. In the drop down select ‘Map’, select ‘Resize to fit page’, ‘Print As Vector (best quality)’ and then click ‘Print’.

InstantAtlas Single Map Template

Step 4. In the Print dialogue box choose option ‘Adobe PDF’, and select 'Print to File', then go to ‘Preferences’.


Step 5. Go to ‘Layout’ select ‘Portrait’ and then in ‘Paper/Quality’ select ‘Advanced’.


Step 6. In the Advanced Options select paper size ‘A4’, and in PostScript Output Options select ‘Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)’.


Step 7. Go to the ‘Adobe PDF Settings’ tab and change the settings to be as follows:

  • Default Settings = High Quality Print
  • Adobe PDF Security = None
  • Adobe PDF Output Folder = C:\Users\Username\Desktop
  • Adobe PDF Page Size = A4
  • Switch off ‘Rely on system fonts only; do not use document fonts

Step 8. Go back to the Print dialogue box and tick ‘Print to File’.


Step 9. The Print dialogue Output box will now appear. Give your file a name, e.g. MAP_OUTPUT.EPS


Step 10. By default the file should be sitting in C:\Users\\Desktop


Step 11. Right click and Open with Adobe Illustrator.


Step 12. Your vector map will appear in an A4 artboard (default colour mode RGB)within Adobe Illustrator


Step 13. You now have a high res vector image that your designer and printer can use for CYMK printing. Please note this tutorial uses the map component of an InstantAtlas report but you can also repeat this process with:

  • Pie Chart
  • Scatterplot
  • Bar Chart
  • Radar Chart
  • Funnel Plot
  • Bubble Plot

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