Additional utility programs
This page gives access to a facility for downloading or ordering utility programs which can be used in conjunction with DMAP.
Additional utility programs currently available for ordering:
- The DMAP Digitizer
- A Windows application for on-screen digitizing of maps from scanned map images.
Additional utility programs currently available for downloading:
These programs can be downloaded and used free of charge by users of DMAP. If you are not a user of DMAP but find that one of these programs is useful, Contact Alan Morton.
- DAT2BDY.ZIP (205KB) V6.2
- DAT2BDY - a utility program for converting a variety of digitized map data files to DMAP BDY format. Conversions are currently available for the following GIS file formats:
Digitized maps in these GIS formats can sometimes be obtained from a GIS installation or via the Internet.
- USGS MAPGEN (DAT)
- PSU Polygon Point (TXT)
- ARC/INFO export (E00)
- MapInfo Interchange (MIF)
- AutoCAD Exchange (DXF)
- ESRI Shape (SHP)
In addition to doing the necessary conversion, DAT2BDY has a facility for degrading the resolution of the boundary should this be necessary to speed up the plotting of maps of large areas in DMAP.
- LL2TM.ZIP (198KB) V3.0
- LL2TM - a utility program for converting a DMAP BDY file containing latitude+longitude co-ordinates to a BDY file containing metric co-ordinates (Grid References) on a Transverse Mercator projection. The routines implemented in this program are suitable for producing Grid Reference BDY files for the National Grids of Britain, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, and Italy and for individual longitudinal zones of the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Grid.
- GRIDGEN.ZIP (194KB) V2.0
- GridGen - a utility program which generates a Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Grid for a specified Grid Spacing and Geographic Area. The Grid is written as Latitude+Longitude co-ordinates in a DMAP BDY file. It is to be used in situations where the geographic area of interest covers more than one UTM zone and thus necessitates the use of a Latitude+Longitude base map. In situations where the area of interest lies within a single UTM longitude zone, it is better to use a UTM Grid Reference (or metric) base map and then use the Grid plotting facility built into DMAP.
- MAPAREAS.ZIP (215KB) V0.4
- MapAreas - The purpose of this program is to calculate the perimeter lengths and sizes of areas defined in standard DMAP boundary files. It also calculates the lengths of lines defined by non-closed series of grid-references in these files.
(Made available by David Corke)
- METASHOW.ZIP (200KB) V2.0
- MetaShow - a program for displaying Windows Metafiles (WMF
image files) such as those produced by the DMAP Distribution Mapping
software. MetaShow can function in two modes: Single mode, in which metafiles are viewed singly after selection
of a metafile via the File menu, or Timed mode in which all the metafiles in
the selected Folder are displayed sequentially at regular intervals, like a
slide show. In either mode, the next metafile in the sequence can be displayed
immediately by clicking on the currently displayed image.
The downloaded ZIP files are compressed folders. After downloading, simply double-click on the folder name and it will expand to show the contained program (EXE), help (HLP) and instruction (RTF or HTM) files. After extracting these files, the program file and the instructions file can be opened by double-clicking on their file names.
DMAP data entry aids available for downloading:
- DMAPXLS.ZIP (102KB) V1.0 (for Excel 2000 - 2003)
- DMAPXLS V2.1.ZIP (138KB) V2.1 (for Excel 2007 or later)
- DMAPXLS - Microsoft Excel (Excel 2000 or later) Workbooks which make it easy to enter species distribution data into a spreadsheet and map your data via a simple built-in interface with DMAP. The downloaded self-extracting compressed file will extract to give three workbook files, DMAPXLS1.XLS, DMAPXLS2.XLS and DMAPXLS3.XLS, which include instructions for use. DMAPXLS1 and DMAPXLS2 are structured so that each row of the spreadsheet represents a single record for a species, and each record can contain as many attributes as you require (for example, grid reference, map symbol type, date, recorder's name, etc.). DMAPXLS3 is structured as a simple table in which each row is a species, and each column is a grid square. The entries in the table denote the presence or absence of species in the grid squares, and the entry is in the form of a DMAP Symbol type. DMAPXLS1 is for situations where distribution data are associated with species codes and a separate species dictionary associates the codes with the full names for the species. DMAPXLS2 is for situations where distribution data are directly associated with the full names of the species and species codes are not used. It is recommended that you have a look at each of these Workbooks to determine which best suits your needs. It is also recommended that you view and print the topic Quick Start with Excel.
(Made available by Alan Morton & John Prendergast)
- DMAPMDB.ZIP (276KB) V1.0
- DMAPMDB - A Microsoft Access database which makes it easy to enter species distribution data into a database and map your data via a simple interface with DMAP. The downloaded self-extracting compressed file will extract to give three files, DMAPMDB.MDB (the database in Access 97 format), DMAPMDB2000.MDB (the database in Access 2000 format), and DMAPMDB.RTF (user instructions in a Rich Text Format document which can be opened and printed by Microsoft Word and some other word processors). Please note that this database can be opened by Access 97 or later, but not by earlier versions of Access.
(Made available by Raino Lampinen & Alan Morton)
The downloaded ZIP files are compressed folders. After downloading, simply double-click on the folder name and it will expand to show the contained files. After extracting these files, copy or move them to a convenient folder on your computer.
If you have any comments, suggestions or queries about any of these facilities, Contact Alan Morton