Map programs

Fred Rhoades fredr at HENSON.CC.WWU.EDU
Mon Apr 14 09:46:55 CDT 1997

Hi Bruce and all,

  I recently discovered MapPad, a freeware program that might fit your
needs.  You can set symbols on base maps according to Lat/Long, add
background information associated with each symbol that shows in a small
window when you click on the symbol and print any zoomed map.  A number of
base maps are available but I do not yet know how you define these:  it
shouldn't be too difficult to work with the authors to create maps at any

  Here is a bit more from the Help File:


MapPad is a Windows (3.1 and higher) application
for displaying site and associated text and graphic
information by clicking points on a map. The text
information is ordinary ANSI text that can be
generated or edited by any simple text editor,
although there are a few rules that must be followed
for MapPad to associate the text information with a
point on a map.

Using MapPad is simple. To zoom in on an area of
the map, place the mouse at one corner of the area
you would like to zoom and click and drag the mouse
to draw a zoom rectangle. When you release the
mouse button, MapPad zooms the selected region of
the map and plots the sites on it that are in the
current datafile.

When you click a site on the map, MapPad displays
whatever information you have entered as the site's
Descriptor (usually its name). Once a site is
selected, clicking the Descriptor Button tells MapPad
to display any information that is associated with this

MapPad is a freeware program, distributed As-Is
without warranty of any kind. MapPad may be
freely distributed to anyone. It is available on the
Internet from the NOAA Paleoclimatology Program's
anonymous ftp site ( in the
/paleo/softlib/mappad subdirectory. MapPad is also
available via the World Wide Web. Open the URL:
and look for a description of MapPad.

Fred Rhoades

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