Yearly Archives: 2009

Lens tools and fisheye map browsing

L.A.’s Cartifact recently released Cartifact Maps, a Flash-based tilemaps viewer with custom cartography and advanced map browsing tools. The historic overlays and beautiful cartographic design are perhaps of most interest, but I’m equally impressed by their implementation of a novel map browsing UI featuring a magnifying glass or “lens tool”.

I first saw this map [...]

E00Parser, an ActionScript 3 parser for the Arc/Info Export topological GIS format

First off, why mess with such a retro format as Arc/Info Export (.e00)?- any code written for this ASCII file type in the last few years has been on how to go from e00 to pretty much anything (especially to the non-topological data format, the shapefile).
Put simply, topological information makes a lot [...]

political cartography: voting with our pocketbooks

These election maps are kinda late. Here I’m interested in comparing how we, as a country, voted with our ballots versus how we voted with our dollars. Obama received about 70% of the money donated to the major candidates in 2008, but only 53% of the votes, so I expected a bluer map. [...]