There are several factors that may necessitate the need for a map. You can be planning a trip, a treasure hunt, running or biking trails or even educational. Whichever the need, there are always two options by which you can obtain a map. You can buy the already created maps, or you can create your own map with the online tools that are readily available. Here we will look at why make your own map and the benefits.
Save On Costs
There are a couple of online tools that you can use in making maps. These include Google Maps, Google Earth, Animaps, Umapper, Scribble Maps, Click2map, Zeemaps, Maptiler, Gmap Gis, Geocommons among others. Most of these mapping tools are available in both free and paid versions and it all depends with the level of customisation that you want.
The most commonly used is Google maps. Google maps allow you to download maps of a certain location that you can then load into your map making software and customize according to your needs. Purchasing topographical maps is way more expensive.
Topographical maps come with landmarks and features some of which you may not need in your map. Topographical maps are also updated every year due to changing nature of human activities. It would therefore prove to be an expensive option of buying maps every year just for the additional of a few extra features.
Easy To Make
With easy to follow tutorials, making your own personal map is easy. You just need to have the right tools and you can then proceed to make your own maps. The online tutorials have been crafted by specialists and professionals who understand how hard it can be for a novice to create a map from scratch. These tutorials give a step by step guide which is easy to follow even for people who are not trained cartographers.
Easy To Customize
As outlined earlier, with your own soft copy of a map, it is easier to customize and add optional features. You can map out based on your interests on hobbies. You can include on the map the places where you go to swim, play watch movies and hang out without including unnecessary clutter. You can add and remove features depending on your preference. Most maps that are bought are provided in formats that are not editable.
Most companies do not sell the shape files they used to make the maps. You just have to trust their accuracy which is not always a guarantee. Others only sell printed versions in hard copies so that they cannot be reprinted to protect their copyrights.
Making your own maps is a fun experience by itself. You get to see your work coming through from scratch. On top of the fun part, creating your own map is also a perfect learning opportunity. You get the chance to learn about new software and terminology and also explore your creative side. With regular practice, you can then go ahead to turn this skills into a professional career.
There are several benefits on why you should make your own map. You get to gain some new skill and on top of that you also save on costs that could have been spent purchasing ready maps.
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