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Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 14, 2003 at 17:10
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As a complete newcomer to the ralm of computer stuff , I was wondering if any one can help me with a good / easy map program that I can run on my home P.C and print maps off it to take away on trips I donot have a laptop my computer is windows 95 if this helps thanks no computer tecno words please '''
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Reply By: OziExplorer - Tuesday, Jan 14, 2003 at 18:37

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2003 at 18:37
Here in the ExplorOz shop they have a deal on OziExplorer mapping software and the Natmap maps. You cannot get better software for your purpose.
The website for OziExplorer is www.oziexplorer.com
and the website for the Natmap maps is:
http://www.auslig.gov.au/mapping/index/

There is an OziExplorers user group here:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OziUsers-L
that are more than happy to assist anybody, however new or raw you may be. Be warned, mapping as a hobby is adictive!
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Tuesday, Jan 14, 2003 at 20:55

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2003 at 20:55
As stated by OziExplorer,

Click here for the Navigator Pack on ExplorOz. This pack contains the OziExplorer software, Natmap pack and also the Hema GDT digital maps. With all this lot in your kit you have the ability to print maps and do digital travel mapping. If you are really wanting to be able to view and print then you may only need the actual NatMaps or Hema GDT digital map products. The Hema product comes with OziExplorer-lite which is perfect for your requirements and will allow you to view and print your maps at home. The Natmap's have a viewer and print program that will also allow you to view and print.

I guess it really comes down to exactly what sort of digital maps you wish to buy.

All the best David.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter- Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003 at 11:32

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003 at 11:32
thanks for the info do the maps on these CD allow for UTM grid referencing ?
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003 at 18:29

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003 at 18:29
Peter they sure do allow for UTM with OziExplorer. I only use UTM as it is meaningful to everybody, and is the most intelligent system to use.
I just cannot understand those that still use DD MM SS. If people are not familiar with UTM, once I have shown them how easy and simple it is and all in standard metric metres they all change.

For those that may be reading this, you can find out about UTM from here:
http://maptools.com/UsingUTM/
http://www.rmru.org/faq13.htm
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Reply By: Member - Peter- Thursday, Jan 16, 2003 at 14:48

Thursday, Jan 16, 2003 at 14:48
to ozexplor, I am ex navy and always used long/lat this UTM system is so easy and far more user frendly when on the move I am slowly converting our club YORK 4x4 WA to it . re computer maps ... what is a ( raster ) ???????? Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam - Thursday, Jan 16, 2003 at 22:36

Thursday, Jan 16, 2003 at 22:36
Peter, raster refers to the format of the graphic used to store the map. It is a bitmap (grid of pixels of different colours that when put together make up the image - best for photos, pictures etc) This is as opposed to Vector which is lines (based on mathematical equations). Vector graphics can be easily resized without distortion whereas a raster image will become pixelated and lose quality when the size is increased or will become unreadable when reduced in size too much. A map could contain both raster and vector objects. Ie the background for the map could be a raster image where as the overlaying roads, rail lines, topographic markings etc could be vectors. For a better description check out http://www.printgrafix.com/rastorvsvector.html. cheers,
Sam.
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