Inserting an Object into the Layout Window
Posted by jeffhobbs on November 13, 2007
I’ve run into this problem many, many times. In fact, I’ve filed a worksheet in the past and gotten mixed results as to the answer. Basically, I want to use the Insert > Object command in the Layout Window to insert my oh so fancy logo into my map. In the past I’ve been told that it’s an OLE association issue (or something that sounds like that) on my computer. However, to be honest, I’ve NEVER gotten it to work..and I’ve replaced my computer MANY times since that answer. So, how have I gotten around the issue for the last five years?
1) Launch Internet Explorer
2) File > Open and navigate to your logo (in my case a .gif). However it should work just fine for any "common" file format. Note, you can also drag the logo on top of a Internet Explorer window if you’d prefer.
3) Right-click on the image and select "Copy"
4) Open the Layout Window in GeoMedia
5) Select Edit > Paste
Voila! – your logo appears in the layout window. You then just need to shrink, move, etc. I’ve also noticed that by default, the pasted image has a box or neat line around it. This only makes sense as I’m sure most folks want an ugly box around their logo. Anyhow, just right click on the logo and select "Properties". Then go to the General tab and uncheck the "Display boundary" box.
After that, you’re all set.
On a side note, if you’re going to be using the same template time and time again, you might be better off saving your layout window sheet off to a GeoMedia Layout Template. This can be easily done by using the Sheets > Export Layout command. Just choose the GeoMedia Layout Template (*.glt) format before you export the sheet.
That way you can use the Sheets > Import Layout command to re-use the template whenever you’d like.
One more quick note. If you’re going to be using a template, Intergraph delivers quite a few nice scale bars that can be imported into a layout sheet and will be exported as part of a .glt. They are NOT dynamic so they assume you know your scale ahead of time (and are plotting the scale shown on the scale bar). They can be found in "C:\Program Files\GeoMedia Professional\Symbols\Layout\Scale Bars" folder. You will also see the north arrows in the folder next to the scale bars folder. All of the .sym files can be placed in the layout window using the "Set Active Symbol" command in the Draw toolbar.
Then use the "Symbol" tool in the same Draw toolbar to place the active symbol (the .sym file you just selected using the "Set Active Symbol" command.
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