"The program's map composition
and legend management capabilities are
- GeoWorld Review Jan '99.
The Layout window is used to prepare
maps for output. The menus in this window make it easy to add,
modify and delete elements such as north arrows, scale bars, text
labels, neat lines, graphics, grid overlay, and legend objects.
manipulated in a true WYSIWYG mode to make map composition easier
and faster. The precise and intuitive placement of graphic elements
allows users to create attractive and powerful images quickly and
efficiently. Elements may be moved, edited, and scaled at any time
using familiar object manipulation tools.
The Coordinate Overlay Tool allows
users to overlay a grid or ruler system on a map. These can be based
on a user definable coordinate system. Users may select one of
several different grid systems to be added to their maps. Data which
is imported from other packages with georeferencing intact will
retain their grids which will be displayed in the Layout Window.
MFworks will output to any PostScript compatible printer,
including printers that are used by service bureaus. The contents of
the Layout Window may also be exported to a printer file.
Dynamic Rescaling of a
Maps can be rescaled at any time
during the map composition process. Users can either drag on a
handle of the map element to change its size, or apply a specific
ratio scale. Any scale bars associated with the map will be
dynamically scaled and populated.
Users can output the map layout as a
Picture file for use in a desktop publishing, word processing, or
graphics application. This option creates a standard PICT file for
MacOS or WMF for Windows that maintains the specified scale of the
Editing features include
click and drag manipulation of objects, clipboard support, and
undo/redo. Full textual control of fonts (size, weight, color, face,
and style) in a familiar format is supported.