useful map product

To: Birding-aus <>
Subject: useful map product
From: <>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 8:52:55 +0000
Yep - we used it for planning a recent birding holiday in Australia from the 
UK. When used in conjunction with Google Earth it provided us with detailed 
site planning maps. We ordered it on the Geoscience Australia Website and it 
was delivered within a few days - to UK! which I thought was excellent service.

One thing to note is there are two versions - Standard and Premium. It is the 
Premium version that comes on DVD and also has additional maps on.

It does have one or two minor glitches and I've had it crash a couple times but 
all in all a very good product.

Another mapping product to make use of in Australia is Microsoft Mappoint. This 
gives excellent detail of roads down to street/road names etc but has no 
topography. This is currently only available as a server map resource. You can 
either access it through a third party mapping tool such as MultiMap or if you 
are keen software enthusiast like myself, write your own software application 
to navigate and display the maps - I think microsoft also provide downloadable 
resources to do this.


Pete Morrison

> From: John Leonard <>
> Date: 2005/11/16 Wed AM 07:27:52 GMT
> To: Birding-aus <>
> Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] useful map product
> Just writing to tell everyone about a useful map product I have discovered.
>  Natmap Raster Premium is a product that costs about $120 and consists of
> two DVDs (PC only).
>  The main feature is a set of all the 1:250,000 maps of Australia, together
> with an index of place-names. So you can search for a place by name and find
> it on the map, or key in a GPS and have the cursor go straight to the spot.
> You can also move the cursor around and have it read off GPS co-ordinates.
> You can view the maps at various magnifications, and you can select views,
> export them and print them out as convenient, customised A4 sheets.
>  It also has other features I haven't investigated yet, like satellite
> images.
>  1:250,000 is a pretty large scale, so it's not suitable for surveys or
> altlassing, I shouldn't think. But is a highly convenient product to use to
> look up GPS readings, or place-names and view or print out map sheets.
>  It's available from Geoscience Australia (probably via their web-site), and
> presumably from map-shops.
> --
> John Leonard
> Canberra
> Australia
> <>

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