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A friend of mine has used Fractal Mapper to draw quite a nice looking map. Unfortunately, he did it without reading much in the way of manuals or anything and now that he wants to edit it - it's a bit of a mess. He asked me to take a look at it as I'm more experienced with mapping but I am more of a CC3 user myself.
I've managed to transfer the entire map that was all on the general layer to separate layers, but now I am faced with a problem that I cannot really see how to solve. His coastlines for his main land mass and some smaller items were done as lines of some sort, and in many cases, the ends of the lines are not connected to their neighbouring lines. To the naked eye at map resolution it looks fine, but in terms of wanting to change the colour of the landmass with some sort of fill, the problem is pretty obvious. We don't have a polygon or anything like it.
I'm attaching the map (which should be open to the Coastline layer, I hope) and wondering if anybody can give me any advice on dealing with this. With CC3, what I would be looking at doing is zooming into every single line segment and removing any nodes that cause lines to overlap, then connecting the little gaps with lines that join and then once I've eliminated every leak creating a multipoly. Labour intensive but doable. Trouble is, I don't have the knowledge of Fractal Mapper to know how to do this, or even to be 100% it's possible.
What I would like to know is
(1) Can I delete single nodes from a fractal line so I can shorten it at the ends without losing the fractalisation? I appreciate there may be an interim step of somehow breaking up the line - if so, how do I do that, and then reconnect the broken bits of the line back together?
(2) Will adding little line segments to the ends of nearby line with Proximity Snap on create proper connections without leaks?
(3) If I do this with the entire coastline can I then convert things to a polygon that can be filled? If so, how?
I think those are my only questions right now - of course, if there is a miraculous feature that makes this all easier, I would not object to knowing about that either!
Thanks for your time - and any help appreciated.