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by David Senesac » Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:38 pm

One map feature I have never been positive about that I see on some of your examples is shaded relief. It is always so dark that some areas, especially steep gradients are difficult to view lines. So the issue I have with shaded relief is it tends to be much too contrasty for my liking. I have been a topo map addict that goes back to the days when there were only 15 minute USGS topos and have amassed a digusting pile. And I have rambled about the Sierra Nevada, especially offtrail for decades with map right in front of me hanging from a zipper pull so have an acute understanding of the relationship between map features and terrain. So when viewing topographic maps tend to be able to imagine what I am l looking at well without a need for shading. However I would expect that I might feel positive about very light shading. Thus your info might interest me in creating an overlay with light shading or a set of maps with shading in opposite directions.

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by BLong » Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:46 am

Wow! As an avid ArcView user, I appreciate how much work has gone into this project. Great job! Thanks for sharing it.


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by Jelf » Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:47 am


Nice work indeed! Earlier this year I volunteered to produce a 'blended' map and wound up taking the project through photoshop. That's no longer necessary thanks to you.

Did you have a chance to see this thread that I started?

What about pooling our efforts? You have the super cooled maps and I have the code to read/display klm files that are hosted anywhere including the Google cloud.



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