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Digimap: Annotate, save and print

An introduction to online maps and map data via EDINA's Digimap database

Customising (Vector) maps

Vector maps are constructed from layers that can be selected or deselected. 

  • Click the Basemaps button and choose a Vector map
  • Click the Map content button in the left-hand menu
  • Select or deselect options you wish to display or remove from the map

Printing maps

Click the Printer button at the top of the page to open the printing pop up window:

  • Print JPG, PNG or PDF
  • Print output: A0, A1, A2, A3, A4.
  • To avoid blurry output, select a scale within the printable range and do not choose a 'fit to page' output
  • To print in A0-A2 you will need to go to IDPS. Architecture & Civil Engineering students will be able to use some devices in their department to print larger sizes

Overlays and measurement tools

These options are found in the left-hand menu. 

Measurement tools

  • Measure distance or area
  • Click point to point and double click to finish


  • Hill shading (3D effect using contours)
  • Add points of interest - over 600 types e.g. Attractions
  • Add postcode boundaries
  • Road/place names
  • Contours and spot heights
  • See also Web Map Services


Annotating maps

Drawing tools in the left hand menu allow you to annotate your map (Create), Import or Export annotations.


  • Create lets you add symbols, text, lines, polygons or pre-defined shapes and buffers
  • You can modify annotations e.g. shape outlines, or add measurement information e.g. area
  • Annotations re-size to match the scale as you zoom in/out
  • Top tip: practice using the tool to select individual elements and delete individual elements. It is easy to delete all annotations in error!


You can save annotations and use them in any Roam service including Historic Roam. In the Drawing tools menu:

  • Cick Export
  • Save as e.g. Shapefiles, GeoJSON, KML file types
  • Save with a clear filename in a sensible location
  • They can be made in/visible on PDF print


You can Import or open saved annotations. From the Drawing tools menu:

  • Click Import
  • Choose File and click Import
  • You can import annotations from the following file types:
    Shapefile (in zip); KML; GPX; CSV; GeoJSON

Saving maps and annotations