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    Justine Carstairs

    Hi David,

    It sounds like you're on the right track, but I think a bit of background info might help. Only Text, Points, Polygons, and Polylines can be housed within a Base layer. Rectangles, Rounded rectangles, Ellipses and so on are not polygon objects so they cannot be within a base layer. This is why your title block could not be moved into the base layer, as it is not a polygon. If you wanted to, you could go over the outline of the rectangle with a polygon, delete the rectangle, then drag the text and polygon into base layer.

    The reason the objects 'disappear' when you do this is because dragging them into a base layer does not reset the map limits. To make the objects visible again, it's as simple as resetting the Map limits:

    1. In the Contents window, click the top level Map object that contains your map layers
    2. In the Properties window, click the Limits tab
    3. Check the Use data limits box

    You are correct that the Color Scale and other external map objects cannot be places within a Map frame. One way around this would be to export it as an image, and bring the image back in as a base map. You could georeference the color scale object so it was positioned at your preferred location when overlaid as a base layer onto the other map layers. 

     

    Thanks,

    Justine Carstairs

    Golden Software

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    David

    Just to clarify, the objects mentioned, North Arrow, Color Scale and Title Block are all classed by Surfer as linked objects, presumably linked to the contour map. So perhaps it is possible that these objects could be linked to the empty Base Vector map, along with the text labels. If that were possible, then that layer could be turned on or off in a pdf reader.

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    David

    The empty Base Vector map or layer is exactly the same size as the Contour Map. When I try to copy or move the Title Block, which is just a Rectangle and Text I get the Surfer Error "Unable to move/copy Rectangle objects to a base layer". I can move the North Arrow and the areas of the color contours on the right side of the Color Scale to the base layer, but because they are outside of the contour map and the base layer, they simply disappear. They are still there but not visible. The layer i want to create has to be bigger than the contour map so that the added objects will be visible in this layer. I've given up on the Color Scale because it is a linked object, intimately associated with the Contour Map, so it cannot be moved.

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    David

    I don't think that what I want to do is possible in Surfer, so I came up with a workaround. By simply adjusting the workflow in my programs, I can get a contour map with a coordinate system assigned and the base maps added, prior to adding any of the objects that would reside outside of the map, like the north arrow, color scale and title block. At this point, I simply turn off the axes and using Export2, save it as a vector pdf. The vector pdf is attractive to many of my clients who may want to overlay borehole logs on my contour maps. This can be done more easily in AutoCad and with the vector pdf, only the layers of interest can be turned on.

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