Contents of the README.TXT file
Urban Area Maps
From John McAdams
These 9 images were .WPG files with a 3/13/90 date stamp
when I obtained them. I have seen them on computer bulletin
boards, although I happened to get my copies from Public Brand
Software, a public domain/shareware distributor (1-800-426-DISK).
Most probably, whey were originally HPGL plotter files. The
author is unknown, the unfortunate but typical case where public
domain DTP graphics is concerned.
I modified each image extensively with DrawPerfect 1.1.
First, I found that there were no polygons in the images; rather,
each body of water was a polyline, and each of the crosshatched
lines in the "fill pattern" was an object. I deleted each of
these fill lines, closed the polyline to make a polygon, and
filled the polygon.
The text on the maps was in the form of stroke fonts: each
and every letter of text was described by vector lines and arcs.
I replaced this text with Helvetica: not very original but much
better looking than what was there.
These two modifications resulted in files that average 8K in
size, rather than the 40K of the originals.
Comparing the maps with my Rand-McNally Road Atlas I
discovered a geographic faux pas or two, which I corrected.
This collection is copyright 1991 by John McAdams. It is
SHAREWARE. If you decide to use any of these images you are
required to send $5 to: John McAdams, Department of Political
Science, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53233.
You are encouraged to pass this collection along to others,
provided however, that you may not repackage it. You are,
however, free to archive these same files using a different
archiving method. You are also welcome to modify any of the
images in the collection for your personal use. You may,
particularly, want to add YOUR town if it's not already included.
Each of these images has been successfully imported into
WordPerfect 5.1 and DrawPerfect. Apparently they will not import
into WordPerfect 5.0. If you have any problem importing them
please let me know.
I can be reached on the WPSGA forum of Compuserve: my
number is [72331,2346]. I can also be reached on EXEC-PC as
"John McAdams of Shorewood, WI." Enjoy!