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Re: Editable Images of the Globe?
AES wrote: > > I'd like to acquire (or be able to create) editable (and rotatable) > color images of the globe, with continents, countries, oceans, etc., to > which I could add additional information, e.g. airline routes, using > either built-in software or some standard tool like Illustrator or > Mathematica. > > This is an "amateur level" project, for fun not professional, so I'd > like the data and tools to be (a) inexpensive and (b) easy to learn. > > Any suggestions? (I know about Digital Wisdom and MapArt.) > > Thanks -- siegman at ee.stanford.edu Mathematica provides polygon data of countries in the package Miscellaneous`WorldData`. This is probably enough for fun, however you will need some calculations to produce a projection onto a globe. (Sorry, I have no access to these calculations right now.) I once reduced the polygons of countries to polygons of continents, as the number of countries turned out to be too great for a real-time animation with the LiveGraphics3D applet. (See http://theorie3.physik.uni-erlangen.de/~mkraus/globe.html for a rotatable Mathematica graphic of a globe in the web.) Hope that helps Martin Kraus