This blog sets out to bring together experiences of archaeologists using iPads.
Friday, January 27, 2012
iDraw Archaeological Features on the iPad
On screen digitizing took a turn for the fun this past week when I started using the iDraw app
on my iPad to trace feature maps for the report I'm working on. After
more than two weeks of point and click tracing in Adobe Illustrator with
the mouse, the switch to the stylus and iDraw seemed like a vacation.
I feel like a kid who gets to do all my homework for the next week on
an etch-a-sketch. Fun!
The green insert shows the scanned paper map
iDraw is excellent for tracing drawings or maps which can be scanned as a
single .jpg. Many of the feature maps that I used Adobe Illustrator
for were stitched together from many small overlapping maps. Some of
the rocks that I was tracing were represented on more than one hand
drawn map and I wanted to be able to flip between all those different
source layers as I made the final digital version. You can't do that on
iDraw, yet. As far as I'm aware, you can only have a single .jpg as
your base layer. That limits the number of maps I can digitize this
way, but for the ones that do fit into this category, the program works