Spreadsheets and databases
Whether it’s a list of employees, volunteers, or proposed facility locations, almost everybody has information stored in a spreadsheet or database. As long as the file contains columns with either addresses (e.g. street, city, zip) or a latitude/longitude (e.g. from a GPS unit), you can easily bring that information into your depiction.
Simply save the file (using the “Save As” or “Export” option from most spreadsheet or database programs) as a “CSV” format and then use Depiction’s Add>File feature to load it. CSV, or Comma Separated Values, is a generic format that serves as a common denominator between many different software programs.
Digital maps and images
There are a couple of ways to bring maps and imagery into Depiction. You can simply load any image file of a map or satellite/aerial photo into your depiction (Add > File) and use the geo-align feature to quickly form-fit the picture against other images in your depiction.
If the map or image is not saved in a file, but just on your screen (like when you view many specialized web map viewers), then simply grab a screenshot of what you see on your computer and save the image as a .jpg (jpeg) or .bmp (bitmap) image before importing into depiction. There is even a specialized picture file format that contains geographic information built-into it: GeoTIFF. With these file types, you skip the geo-aligning step and simply load it – Depiction automatically aligns it in the right place in your world.
Paper maps and images
But what if you just have a tried-and-true paper map, or a fax all marked up with important route changes? No problem--either use a scanner to save it in a digital format or take a picture of it with a digital camera and then follow the suggestions above under “Digital maps and images”.