# [GRASS-dev] Re: where to put north arrow images for map composer

Anna Kratochvílová kratochanna at gmail.com
Sun Nov 20 17:15:59 EST 2011

```2011/11/20 Hamish <hamish_b at yahoo.com>:
> Anna wrote:
>> I would like to add north arrow to map composer
>> (as eps instruction).
>> Where should the images be placed? In
>> ps/ps.map/decorations/, there
>> are some related images (compass_... .eps) so what
>
> since there there are not many decoration files in
> ps/ps.map/decorations/ I would put them there. Once
> there was >12 eps files or so there I would consider
> to split things up (the platoon rule), but as there
> are only 3 (and the rate of new ones has been nil)
> I'd consider splitting it up into a bunch of sub-
> directories to be premature and just making it
> overly complex for no benefit.
>

I would like to add only a few north arrow symbols, so I'll put them
in decorations.

Thanks
Anna

>
> Depending on the graphical complexity, also
> consider adding them as grass symbols, so that they
> could be used seamlessly both by the regular GUI
> map window and the ps.map composer. (and a much
> wider audience)
>
> there are already 2 north arrows, 2 compasses, and
> 4 other generic arrows as grass symbols:
>  http://grass.osgeo.org/wiki/IconSymbols
>
>
> A long standing todo is to allow d.graph to read in
> SVG files, so that we can e.g. reuse and contribute
> to a central osgeo collection for symbols, along
> with qgis, etc. I translated qgis's fish symbol to
> a grass one by converting the original Bézier curve
> definitions to x,y coords by hand, but really a
> first step would be to allow those to be converted
> on the fly.
>
> Complicated ones like Jorge's compass_exterior.eps
> and interior are best done in EPS of course. (I'd
> still like to see a half-arrow-left (\harpoonleft)
> pointing north added onto those 2 eps files:
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> alternately, an svg2gsym or similar tool to convert
> symbol formats back and forth could make things
> much more interesting.
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