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From the Readme file
The Xrmap program provides a user-friendly X client for generating images of the Earth and manipulating the CIA World data bank II global vector information (a huge geodata set of about 45 MB). Available features include coastlines and islands, political boundaries, major and minor rivers, glaciers, lakes, canals, reefs, etc. The images can be accurately zoomed in, up to a factor of 100 or more. The package also contains a rather comprehensive data set of world cities and locations - about 20000 cities are listed.
Xrmap is derived from the rmap console only utility by Reza Naima (check: http://www.reza.net/rmap/ )
However, xrmap has many more features than the original 'rmap', especially it implements Rectangular, Mercator and Miller projections in addition to the Spherical projection, as well as reverse search of coordinates. All parameters and configurations can be set interactively from the GUI. Xrmap supports writing images in ppm, xpm, ps or compressed ppm.gz, xpm.gz, ps.gz formats. It can also produce images without entering into the GUI, since most parameters can alternatively be set via the command line options (still, xrmap requires the X environment to do so, in contrast with rmap).
Version 2.33, November 6, 2005
- Xrmap now directly reads vector formats EPS, SVG or bitmap formats PNG, GIF, JPG. The encapsulated PostScript format EPS is the preferred format for flags, since it is reasonably fast and provides resizable and better looking flags. Other formats are no longer needed to run xrmap, although slower machines can benefit from installing the xpm_150 flags as a fallback, since they load much faster and occupy less disk space...
- Overall handling of images improved, a memory cache is used, more explicit error messages are provided, etc.
- Option -define "picon|..." replaced by more general -define "image|..." which supports all image types recognized by xrmap.
- Bug fixes : option -define "exec|..." was fixed. Thanks to the FreeBSD port maintainer (Serge Gagnon ) for pointing out the bug. Many other small fixes.
- Uploaded version 2.5 of SVG/EPS/PNG/XPM flags, including some additions and corrections (flags of Bangladesh, Morocco, Pakistan, Sudan, United States; French, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, US and UK territories completed)
- Support for mouse wheel buttons in emx and all xrmap functions (file explorer, scrolling lists)
- An abbreviated menu with the most common functions is now opened by default (rather than the intimidating complete menu).
- Improvement in file explorer (more numerous file types are recognized).
- Data window GUI reworked (and hopefully improved)
- Smarter exit routine (xrmap asks confirmation rather than quitting abruptly).
- New release. The binary size increased by more than 14%. Sloccount indicates more than 25,000 lines of code in total (7% increase with respect to 2.32).
These are the files available for download.
XRMap Main program as a tarball.
XRMap RPM file, for RPM based distributions. (N.B. : This RPM distribution contains the following data files : flags-2.1-eps // flags-2.1-png // flags-2.1-svg // flags-2.1-xpm // CIA_WDB2.jpd.gz - which are not contained in the source tarball).
An Ubuntu package would be great - help appreciated
|CIA_WDB2.jpd.bz2||(WARNING - Xrmap 2.0 and above : You need the CIA_WDB2.jpd.bz2 file with Xrmap version 2.0 and above. Once downloaded, unzip it, using bunzip2 as "bunzip2 CIA_WDB2.jpd.bz2". This will produce a big file named CIA_WDB2.jpd (its size is 12.037424 Mb!!!). Then move it to your /usr/share/rmap directory - size: 8.0megs)||No|
|anthem||Available from the FTP site (just pick the file you want)||No|
|earthdata_high_res||Available from the FTP site (just pick the file you want)||No|
|earthdata_med_res||Available from the FTP site (just pick the file you want)||No|
|earthdata_low_res||Available from the FTP site (just pick the file you want)||No|
|eawpats||Available from the FTP site (just pick the file you want)||No|
|etopo||Available from the FTP site (just pick the file you want)||No|
|factbook_html||Available from the FTP site (just pick the file you want)||No|
|factbook_text||Available from the FTP site (just pick the file you want)||No|
|flags||Available from the FTP site (just pick the file you want)||No|
|hymns||Available from the FTP site (just pick the file you want)||No|
|pdfmaps||Available from the FTP site (just pick the file you want)||No|
|population.dat||Available from the FTP site (just pick the file you want)||No|
All XRmap revisions are by : Jean-Pierre Demailly.
How to subscribe :
A mailing list has been created on October 13th 2002 dedicated to both programs : Xrmap and Sunclock.
On june 24th, 2008, I have moved the list to a new domain, so if you want to subscribe, or if you have subscribed, and want your subscription to be moved to the new domain, you have to subscribe again.
How to do? It's easy, just send a mail to :
"firstname.lastname@example.org". Don't write anything in the body of the message, but in the line "subject" just write the word subscribe ; that's all.
|N.B.||(Easier : just click here, this will open your mail client and write the right stuff to the right places. What to do? Just send the mail just created) : email@example.com|
Collection of prior postings to the list are available.
Maybe you can find some Sunclock And/or Xrmap users in #jpd on irc.freenode.net for answers to questions and general discussion. Join us on jpd IRC chanel