How install and use plugins on QGIS for Mac
Jackson Miller-Gage wrote this article as part of their Bachelor of Architectural Design 3rd year elective, MADAboutMADA. In the elective, students are introduced to digital media and how it can be relevant to the architecture, design and art professions.
Go to the QGIS website linked below and download the latest version of QGIS for Mac. https://www.qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html
Once downloaded, drag the icon into the “Applications” folder to install.
Open QGIS on your computer using the QGIS Desktop icon in your Finder menu or Desktop.
One of the strengths of QGIS is the availability of capable plugins that have been written for it.
To see what plugins are installed, click the ‘Plugins’ menu at the top of the main QGIS window, and navigate to ‘Manage and Install Plugins’.
When the Plugins window opens, search for the following plugins and install them if they are not indicated as already installed. The uninstalled plugins will have a puzzle piece emblem next to the name: QuickMapServices and QuickOSM
To ensure these plugins are active, make sure the box next to the name has a check mark in it.
To use these plugins for your own mappings, click the ‘Web’ menu at the top of the QGIS window and select ‘QuickMapServices’. From here you will have a plethora of mapping data to choose from, as well as the recently installed ‘QuickOSM’ data.
To create a map of the Monash Caulfield Campus and surrounding area, use coordinates -37.884, 145.0266 once a map type is opened. The first map style we will test is the OpenTopoMap which displays the topography, building outlines and road footprints. To select this map, open ‘Web’, ‘QuickMapServices’, ‘OSM’, ‘OpenTopoMap’ and then enter the provided coordinates.
The next map style we will test is the Openstreetmap tracks which displays the road traffic usage of every road in the past 24 hours. To select this map, open ‘Web’, ‘QuickMapServices’, ‘OSM’, ‘Openstreetmap tracks’ and then enter the provided coordinates.
The final map style we will test is the OSM Humanitarian map, which displays building footprints and the functions of every retail building within the maps perimeter. To select this map, open ‘Web’, ‘QuickMapServices’, ‘OSM’, ‘OSM Humanitarian’ and then enter the provided coordinates.