Getting Started: I just want a map...

This page sets out the simple steps to search, view, annotate and print Ordnance Survey maps. More detailed instructions on how to use Roam are also available.

1. Zoom and Pan

There are a number of different views on the data ranging from 1:8,000,000 to 1:500 you can zoom between them using the scroll wheel on your mouse, the zoom bar at the top right of the map, by double clicking on the map or by using the zoom tool found in the tool bar above the right hand side of the map. You can also move between the views using the plus and minus keys on your keyboard.

You can pan the map by using the pan arrows in the top right of the map or by clicking and dragging the map. You can also use your keyboards arrow keys to move around the map.

For more information on the mapping products available through Digimap Roam, see the Data Products section of the help pages.

2. Search

You can search for a location in Roam using a place name, road name, postcode, grid reference, easting/northing or latitude/longitude. Click on the main menubar to display the search box.


3. Select features to be displayed

The Map Content tab on the left of the map can be used to turn the different layers of the map on and off at some scales and for some products. You may want to make a map showing only the roads and buildings for instance. Simply uncheck the boxes next to any unwanted layers, you may find it helpful to click on the minus signs of layers removed to hide their entries from the legend.

You can also use the Basemaps button in the top right to change the default Basemap that is being displayed. The Basemaps button will only be enabled where there are alternative Basemaps available for that zoom level.


4. Add annotations to your map

The annotation tools in Digimap Roam allow you to draw symbols, lines, polygons and text on your maps. You can add labels to these features and have the ability to select colours and styles for them too.

Click on the Annotation Tools option under the  menu above the map to open the Annotations Toolbar.

Add features using the Draw & Create set of tools on the toolbar.  Select from the point, text, line or area tools, and click on the map to start drawing.

Text colour and font size can be set using the Text Settings options.

Area style settings can be set using the Fill and Stroke settings, to select the colour and opacity of the fill and the colour, style and width of the outline.

Line style settings can be set using the Stroke settings.

Use the modify tools to add labels, reposition, resize and reshape features drawn.

For more detail help on the Annotation Tools, please see the How to use the Annotation Tools help page.

5. Save your map

Use the --> My Map on the top menu bar to save the map you are currently viewing. You will be asked to give the map a name and other details about the map such as the view and the date it was created will be saved. Any annotations that are on the map will also be saved.

6. View Saved Maps

View saved maps using the --> My Maps...This will bring up the My Maps interface where you can select a map (including it's annotation) to view:

7. Print your map

The button on the top menu bar takes you to a print window where you can create A4 to A0 files to print. As well as page size there are a number of options allowing you to set the title, print scale, print format, page layout, as well as include additions of national grid lines, annotations, hill shading and legend. The tab shows a small area of map content, the tab shows the extents of the area that your map will cover. The map can be dragged in either preview tab to change the extents covered. Once you have created the perfect map simply open the map in your PDF reader software and click print.

8. More information

More detailed information on how to use Roam is also available in Digimap's help pages. Further information on Digimap's facilities, and on using the maps and data available is available from the menu to the left of this page.