quote:Originally posted by NS Explorer
I have Softmap and it sucks.
It really depends on your needs as there are pros and cons to both proprietary topo software and the free Gov topo maps.
- UTM overlay grids to the scale of your choice, both on monitor and on prints with correct distance scales included.
- Allows you to select the entire area you want print or view and in a pre-defined scale, no joining together of the corners from four different fixed-region maps to view the exact area you need.
- Exact scaling available for viewing or for prints, the one caveat being reduced font for on-map labels, however border labels and distance scales are resized accurately by software.
- Ability to print to any custom size, letter size to your home inkjet or 46" x 40" size rolls to a commercial plotter.
- Low DPI scans are used for topos, not pretty on screen or on print compared with free Gov topos, however perfectly readable at my all important 1:75,000 scale.
- Not free, SoftMap topos cost about $150.00 in Canuck Bucks after taxes while the Gov topos are free.
Gov topo Pros
- High resolution scans that are both pretty in print and on monitor.
- 100% Free.
- Maps are at least 16" x 20" printed at full size have a high DPI making attractive plotter prints.
Gov topo Cons
- Fixed regions means you will most likely have to join at least a couple of different maps together by means of manual third party cut and paste software.
- No rescaling available without third party resizing technique, only choice 1:50,000 or 1:250,000.
- No UTM grid scaling support.