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HIGH RESOLUTION MAPPING SOFTWARE 4.3
USGS vector data of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico,
New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington. Contains all 1:250,000, 1:100,000
and 1:24,000 quadrangles of the corresponding state. $79.00 each.
Elevation Models - Includes all the 250K DEM's for your state. It automatically
divides these into the corresponding 7.5 minute quadrangles and then
resamples on 24 feet contour levels.
Line Graphs - The entire 15 minute series provides land survey section
lines, power lines, roads, trails, streams, drainage, forest boundaries,
pipelines, and railroads. These can be selectively overlayed by the
Use Land Cover - Get the actual land cover data (37 different types).
Colors can be changed by the user to modify the output to match your
and Places Database - Every landmark recorded by the USGS.
Road Signs - Match the shape and colors of your state.
GPS Connection - Hook up a laptop to a NMEA compatible GPS and get seamless
map loading and position plotting of anywhere in your state!
GUI - Powerful, easy to use software lets user select a 1x1 section
from a set of buttons that are in the shape of the current State. Once
one of these are loaded, user can click anywhere on it to get a more
detailed 7.5 minute quadrangle. Zoom in on any part of any quadrangle
with any magnification level.
- Add your own symbols, generate elevation profiles, rotate, zoom, draw
trails, find places, import GPS data and print maps.
Uses - Excellent for exploring, biking, backpacking, prospecting, search
and rescue, science, etc.
Capabilities - Enter any latitude, longitude in the state and have Topo3D
bring up the quadrangle and mark the exact position requested. Search
for any landmark in the state and Topo3D will bring up the quadrangle
that contains it.
- User selectable contour line intervals and colors. Take off any or
all axis markings.
- Load a file of latitude, longitude points and have Topo3D plot them
on the current quadrangle. Load Garmin waypoint files and have Topo3D
display the routes.
- Export high resolution (300 dpi) maps to a bitmap files for import
into other programs.
1: 100% view of a 1:24000 USGS vector data map and a profile
Please click on the image for a closer look!
100+ PC with at least 8 MB Ram and 256 Color VGA. Windows 95 or
Usage & Evaluation:
is the only real 3D mapping software in this review. It allows amazing
realistic views of the terrain. As it is the nature of 3D applications
to be quite intensive in computation power and 3D-graphic accelaration,
you need a fast PC with a good 3D graphic card to enjoy it. Compared to
the extended features of the other products in this review, Topo3D is
quite poor. It computes altitude profiles by adding a line between multiple
mouse clicks on the map but this feature is far from comfortable and does
not allow detailled analyses nor can you easy edit your input. Topo3D
also lacks comfortable annotation possibillities. You can add symbols
and lines but you can only see them after switching on a certain map overlay
and refreshing the map view. However, the unique real 3D views balance
the missing features and 79$ per state is a fair price. Free
demo download: http://www.topo3d.com/topo.exe
Information: Awesoft Engineering Inc. (AEI), Marc Eberle; PO Box 293,
Jemez Springs, NM 87025, USA; Phone: (505) 440-9959; email: email@example.com;