Databases & stats packages
Software must be able to exchange data. For example, point data (e.g. using latitude-longitude coordinates) compiled in a database should be convertable into gridcell data for analysis of diversity among areas using WORLDMAP. Similarly, gridcell scores from WORLDMAP should be exportable for analysis against non-biological information in statistical packages, or indeed for display in commercial cartographic packages.
WORLDMAP is based on the same database - analytical tools - map graphics model as many commercial geographic information systems (GISs). Three main kinds of data exchange are supported:
Data import/export from the database module
Data can be exported in a range of formats (see the WORLDMAP Help file for details). Other formats can be added by arrangement. Formats include:
Data can be summarised in a variety of text formats:
Data can be entered manually using the point-and-press data editor (see the WORLDMAP Help file for details):
Screen scores import/export from the map graphics module
Screen scores import
The same ASCII text format allows:
Image export from the map graphics module
Maps can be saved as (device-independent) bitmap files (.BMP, see the WORLDMAP Help file for details). This allows them to be manipulated in most bitmap graphics packages (such as PaintShopPro) to add features, add labels, re-colour, crop, save in different formats etc. Such images can then be inserted into word-processor documents, or into web pages.
Much higher resolution can often be obtained (giving near-vector-quality images) by using the Print option (see the WORLDMAP Help file for details). This sends the instructions for drawing the image components direct to the printer driver software. Consequently the apparent resolution of the final image is controlled by the printer driver and printer, and their resolution is often effectively much higher than the screen display that is used to generate bitmaps.
The Print option can produce encapsulated PostScript images by using a Print-to-file option with a suitable Windows printer driver. These images can be edited using vector graphics packages (such as CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator) to add features, add labels, re-colour, crop, save in different formats etc. Such images can then be printed in large format for high resolution posters etc.