MacVoices #1211: Road to Macworld – Mapdiva Makes Both Cartography and Just Plain Drawing Easy

If The Road to Macworld | iWorld 2012 had a map, it was probably created with Ortelius from Mapdiva. Jill Saligoe-Simmel and Graham Cox talk about their unique cartography application, and why it takes a specialized tool set to successfully draw a map. Mapdiva doesn’t just do maps, however. Artboard is an approachable vector drawing program that comes with plenty of included styles and clipart to get you started.

0The Road to Macworld is a special MacVoices series produced in partnership with Macworld to preview some of the exhibitors and presentations at Macworld | iWorld 2012 in San Francisco from January 26 – 28 at the Moscone Convention Center.


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Graham Cox is a co-founder and lead developer of Mapdiva. Graham has many years experience as a Mac developer. He developed the MacZoop C++ framework from 1994 until 2002. Graham develops several graphics-intensive applications, including Gradient Panel and GCDrawKit – a complete vector drawing framework on which Artboard and Ortelius are built. Graham resides with his family in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. You can keep up with Graham and his various projects at

Jill Saligoe-Simmel, Ph.D. is a co-founder of Mapdiva and professional geographer. She leads Mapdiva’s content, education and business development. She’s worked on dozens projects with not-for-profit groups, local, state and federal governments, private sector, and universities to support their mapping objectives. Jill lives with her family in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. You can follow Mapdiva on Twitter and Facebook, and her occasional blog on geography at

Artboard in the Mac App Store