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Printing Travel Maps???

Travel Forums System Talk Printing Travel Maps???

1. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 9y

Hiya, love the new travel maps, best thing since sliced bread or winning the ashes... lol Is there any way of printing your own travel map (preferably a global map)? I would like to print one of my travels on A3 size paper or smaller if it's not possible... I realise that in printing this it may not have much detail, but it's nice to see at a glance where you've been, or to show your older family members not into the internet! Appreciated any help or advice!
Cheers, Joffre.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 27, 2006, at 2:32 PM by joffre ]

2. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

As you said printing it yourself will not give you the most detailed map but it should suit your purpose. I would but the map that you want on a CD and take it too a sign printing company who sepecializes in larger prints. They should be able to print it for your, or point you in the right direction.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 9y

If you would just hit print right now on a page displaying the maps, do they show okay? (In their tiny window?) I don't have a printer myself, so I don't know - but since it's a flash plugin, I'm not certain even that works. (I fear it might leave out the triplines, since those are loaded as a separate action.)
If it does show right, I guess we could theoretically write a print stylesheet to stretch the map over the entire width of the page, or create some options for picking a pagesize that you'd want to print to and then make the page and the map the appropriate width for that. (This is purely thinking aloud - I don't think such options would have much priority at the moment.)

Otherwise I fear your best bet would be to zoom in on the map twice in a 'corner' of the world, take a screenshot, paste this in a newly created image in an image editor, crop away the non-map parts, go back to the map, pan, take a new screenshot, crop away the non-map part in the image editor, match it up with the previous one, and repeat until you have the entire world shown at a higher level of detail, good for printing. (Four screenshots should be sufficient if you zoomed in twice, nine if you zoomed in thrice, etc.)

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 9y

You can right-click on flash files to bring up a context menu, which allows you to easily print them. It will output a vector based file, so it should scale to A3 with much trouble.

The formatting isn't ideal though; the zoom controls will still show, there are no labels for locations and there will be a lot of dead space around the map. You can crop the dead space out using something like Acrobat Pro, but that is an extra level of work.

If this is something there is a lot of demand for, it would be possible to improve it considerably.

5. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Anyway to make a fancy schpancy map with lines from your thumbnail pic's to the locations on the maps ? Come on Sander and Co. You guys can probably whip something like that up in 30min.

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 9y

Quoting Q'

Anyway to make a fancy schpancy map with lines from your thumbnail pic's to the locations on the maps ? Come on Sander and Co. You guys can probably whip something like that up in 30min.

I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but I'm pretty sure the answer is no ;)

7. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 9y

Thanks for all your replies and useful advice, I'll see how it goes... many thanks!

8. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting Q'

Anyway to make a fancy schpancy map with lines from your thumbnail pic's to the locations on the maps ? Come on Sander and Co. You guys can probably whip something like that up in 30min.

Hmmm, not sure either, but it sounds like something that already exists (although I'll admit it doesn't seem to have been mentioned anywhere yet!).... basically, if a photo has been 'mapped', like this one, then you'll notice a link saying 'show on map', which will take you to a zoomed in version of the map, like this one.

Re-reading your post, I'm not sure if that's what you meant, but thought it might be useful for someone anyway :)