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QGIS Python Programming Cookbook by Joel Lawhead

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Using the map composer

The QGIS Map Composer allows you to combine a map with nonspatial elements that help enhance our understanding of the map. In this recipe, we'll create a basic map composition. A composition requires you to define the physical paper size and output format. Even a simple composition example such as this has over 20 lines of configuration options.

Getting ready

You will need to download the following zipped shapefile and extract it to your qgis_data directory, to a subdirectory named hancock:

https://geospatialpython.googlecode.com/svn/hancock.zip

You will also need to open the Python Console under the Plugins menu in QGIS. You can run this recipe in the console or wrap it in a script for the Script Runner plugin, using the ...

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