Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

25 year old computer drafted map


Here's a computer drafted O' map from 1983:

I found the map in an old O' magazine hidden in a box in my basement.

Jim Wolfe (from Indiana University of Pennsylvania O' Club) wrote about his map. He started by transferring base maps to graph paper at a large scale, then assigned a coordinate system to the graph paper and entered the coordinates into the computer. He notes, "getting the coordinates would have been fairly easy if the IUP computer ceenter had a digitizer. It didn't."

After creating the coordinates and writing a simple program to tell a plotter how to draw the map, "it only took the plotter about 45 minutes to draw a new working map."

Reading the story makes me wonder what we'll think 25 years from now about printing OCAD files on desktop printers. I wonder how mapping will change over the next 25 years.
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posted by Michael | 7:50 PM


My very first orienteering experience was on this area, on a B&W copy of the USGS map.
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