|Although standard desktop mapping
products permit the user access to this wealth of information, the
techniques for accessing and creating new data from such a robust
map library are cumbersome at best.
to the rescue. MapManager will install data from
a distribution CD to a local or network hard drive. MapManager will
also serve as the de-installer making the CD media all the more
practical as the archive source. The functionality of MapManager
is accessed through an intuitive map interface. The first map data
installed from the distribution CD is a map of the counties or county
equivalents that comprise a state.
Once the state map is installed, the user may
point and click, selecting the counties from the state map to install
or de-install (one, some, or all). In this manner, the user can
work with successive states one after the other to install a region
or the entire country. Once the data for a county is installed,
MapManager changes the color of the county within the state map
to reflect that county as available. When the county is de-installed,
the shading reverts to the original color. This feature permits
the user the ability to identify the status of data availability
at a glance.
In addition to the install and de-install functionality,
MapManager provides an intelligent file opening function using the
same intuitive user interface. Again, the user selects the counties
of interest from the state map. Then accesses the MapManager data
menu which lists the layers (polygons, lines, and points). Upon
completing the layer selection the user selects the OK button and
MapManager does the rest.
MapManager will also combine tables of like objects
from several counties into one seamless map. This data may be census
tracts, block groups, roads, water, etc. and could cover an entire
MapManager ships with the ICW
USDMA as a bundled utility.
Documentation describing the step-by-step use
of MapManager is contained in the USDMA
Now mapping from coast-to-coast can be done both
economically and with greater ease than ever before.