SALT LAKE (August 14, 2003)—Building on last fall’s successful completion of National Geographic Maps’ TOPO! state series, featuring seamless topographic coverage of the entire U.S., National Geographic Maps is now making its award-winning map software available to Macintosh users. TOPO! for Mac is the first map software to offer Macintosh users detailed recreational maps for all 50 states as well as travel planning tools to customize the maps, which includes the ability to download the latest trail and road information, add images and insert text.
Organized by state or region, the CD-ROM sets are packed with highly detailed USGS topographic maps enhanced with digital data and local information. The completed TOPO! interactive map series helps travelers, backpackers, nature lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts in all 50 states traverse their way through national parks, back roads and urban jungles in their pursuit for the ultimate adventure. The CD-ROMs for both Mac and PC are available through outdoor specialty retailers, bookstores, national park outlets and map and travel stores throughout the world and online at Nationalgeographic.com/maps. Suggested retail price for the TOPO! state series products is $99.95 each.
“For years Macintosh users have cobbled together map solutions using shareware programs and public domain digital maps,” said Fran Marshall, president, National Geographic Maps. “With the release of National Geographic TOPO! for Mac, Mac users get a one-stop-shop for world-class recreational maps that connect to GPS and a host of other travel planning functionality.”
National Geographic Maps’ TOPO! line includes high-resolution scans of USGS topographic information, enhanced with 3D digital shading to reinforce land features such as ridges, mountains and valleys.
Powered by the award-wining TOPO! software, these products allow users to scroll seamlessly from map to map, create elevation profiles, connect to a GPS receiver and add layers of custom information to the USGS base maps. The easy-to-use suite of tools in TOPO! allows users to quickly create and print out a map suited to their needs and interests.
TOPO! users can also download free, up-to-date recreation overlays from the National Geographic MapXchange at www.nationalgeographic.com/mapxchange. The popular online community site allows TOPO users to download map files and post their own so that others can experience and enjoy their adventures.
Outdoor enthusiasts can call 800-962-1643 or visit www.topo.com to learn more about TOPO!, share their stories via its online community, and exchange custom recreation maps. For more information about National Geographic Maps, log onto www.nationalgeographic.com/maps.
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