[texhax] dealing with maps

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Tue Feb 7 20:40:40 CET 2006

On Feb 7, 2006, at 1:13 PM, debian wrote:

> What is the recommended way to incorporate maps ?  From the Ordinance
> Survey I can trace the map I want by hand and then scan it into a
> file.  But, I then want to add text and graphics to it, before
> incorporating it into my latex production.

Typically maps are done using Freehand and possibly special plug-ins  
suited for the needs of cartography.

My suggestion would be to place the scan in some vector drawing  
program with good type support which can export a .eps and place  
labels which could then be typeset by LaTeX. See psfrag or Warmreader  
(the latter is for Mac OS X) for examples of tools which support this  

The advantage of doing it thusly is that one can then change the body  
text font and the figures are automatically up-dated to match (or one  
can re-use it in a different project w/ a similar advantage).


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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