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NewsForge: Building a Map Application with Calc

Dec 23, 2004, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dmitri Popov)

"OpenOffice.org's Calc isn't only about rows and columns. If you look long enough at the empty spreadsheet, you will soon realise that it looks like a map grid, and, indeed, with a bit of imagination you can use Calc to create a simple yet handy mapping application. This how-to guides you through building a Calc-n-map -- an application for marking points of interest on a city map.

"First of all you'll need to find a map in any Calc-supported graphics format. The easiest way to get a map is to use a dedicated Web site like Maporama, which features an easy-to-use interface and numerous options and map styles. Find the map you want to use and save it to your hard disk by right-clicking on the map and choosing the Save Image As... option (in Mozilla Firefox)..."

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