How can I edit a svg file?

The svg files need to be opened in a vector graphics software application such as Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw or Inkscape (a free and open-source vector graphics editor which runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux).

Inkscape can be downloaded free of charge from the Inkscape home page with tutorials available via Help > Tutorials.  Several of these tutorials are linked in HTML (e.g. for printing) as Official Written Tutorials.

ANU Staff and Students:

What is the difference between a png file (raster image) and a svg file (vector image)?


A png (Portable Network Graphics) file is a raster or bitmap image file format. A raster image is made up of a fixed number of  pixels [or building blocks] that form a complete image. 

The image cannot be enlarged without distortion occurring. (When you zoom in on a raster image, the pixels become visibly grainy.) Common raster image files include png, jpg and gif formats. 


How do I report a concern or provide feedback relating to the repository?

A feedback page is provided in the Maps Online menu.

We would be interested to read your comments on the Maps Online site and if you notice any map discrepancies please let us know via the feedback form provided.

How can I save the images from the repository?

The raster (png) files attached to each of the online maps are available to the general public for downloading. Click on the MAP - PNG link and the window that opens will provide two options - to open the file in preview or save the file into your downloads folder.

Does the repository work with any browser?

Yes. The Maps Online repository will work with any browser and on both Mac and PC systems.

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Updated:  28 January 2020/Responsible Officer:  CartoGIS Services Coordinator/Page Contact:  CartoGIS Services Coordinator