Introduction

"The program's map composition and legend management capabilities are excellent"
- 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.

Elements are 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.

Coordinate Overlay Tool

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.

Printing

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 Map

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.

Layout Export Facility

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 map.

Standard Editing

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.

 


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