SUNCLOCK - XRMAP
Which portion of the Earth is illuminated by the Sun
Generate maps of the Earth with an amazing accuracy
Who is behind Sunclock and Xrmap ?
The web site dedicated to Sunclock has moved to
wiki. You can join us there. Thank you.
N.B. If you are interested about a wiki web site instead of that
static page, and want to contribute to its creation, you can
that link. Everything has to be done. Thank you.
- From the Readme file
- The Xrmap program provides a user-friendly X client for generating images
of the Earth and manipulating the CIA World data bank II global vector
information (a huge geodata set of about 45 MB). Available features include
coastlines and islands, political boundaries, major and minor rivers,
glaciers, lakes, canals, reefs, etc. The images can be accurately
zoomed in, up to a factor of 100 or more. The package also contains a
rather comprehensive data set of world cities and locations - about
20000 cities are listed.
- Xrmap is derived from the rmap console only utility by Reza Naima
(check: http://www.reza.net/rmap/ )
- However, xrmap has many more features than the original 'rmap',
especially it implements Rectangular, Mercator and Miller
projections in addition to the Spherical projection, as well as reverse
search of coordinates. All parameters and configurations can be set
interactively from the GUI. Xrmap supports writing images in ppm, xpm, ps
or compressed ppm.gz, xpm.gz, ps.gz formats. It can also produce images
without entering into the GUI, since most parameters can alternatively
be set via the command line options (still, xrmap requires the X environment
to do so, in contrast with rmap).
Version 2.33, November 6, 2005
- Xrmap now directly reads vector formats EPS, SVG or bitmap formats
PNG, GIF, JPG. The encapsulated PostScript format EPS is the preferred
format for flags, since it is reasonably fast and provides resizable and
better looking flags. Other formats are no longer needed to run xrmap,
although slower machines can benefit from installing the xpm_150 flags
as a fallback, since they load much faster and occupy less disk space...
- Overall handling of images improved, a memory cache is used, more explicit
error messages are provided, etc.
- Option -define "picon|..." replaced by more general -define "image|..."
which supports all image types recognized by xrmap.
- Bug fixes : option -define "exec|..." was fixed. Thanks to the FreeBSD port
maintainer (Serge Gagnon ) for pointing out the bug.
Many other small fixes.
- Uploaded version 2.5 of SVG/EPS/PNG/XPM flags, including some additions and
corrections (flags of Bangladesh, Morocco, Pakistan, Sudan, United States;
French, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, US and UK territories completed)
- Support for mouse wheel buttons in emx and all xrmap functions
(file explorer, scrolling lists)
- An abbreviated menu with the most common functions is now opened by default
(rather than the intimidating complete menu).
- Improvement in file explorer (more numerous file types are recognized).
- Data window GUI reworked (and hopefully improved)
- Smarter exit routine (xrmap asks confirmation rather than quitting
- New release. The binary size increased by more than 14%. Sloccount
indicates more than 25,000 lines of code in total (7% increase with
respect to 2.32).
Main Program :
- RPMs :
(N.B. : This RPM distribution contains the following data files :
flags-2.1-eps // flags-2.1-png // flags-2.1-svg // flags-2.1-xpm //
CIA_WDB2.jpd.gz - which is not true with the tarball distribution.
The size of that file is quite big : More than 25 Megs).
- As a Tarball :
(This archive is the one provided by Jean-Pierre, so you
need to download additional files).
(I no longer provide new rpm files, so the tarballs are the only
ones available for the upcoming new releases. If someone wants
to help me with that, you're welcome. Thanks. (use the icon
beside to send me an email))
- Usually, the icon will be removed one month after the
file associated with it, has been released.
- Sunclock : We suggest you to download the earth maps
package with the main program, and of course, if you can,
the big ONE too. That way you will get the full power of
Sunclock and its features.
- WARNING - Xrmap 2.0 and above
: You need the CIA_WDB2.jpd.bz2 file with
Xrmap version 2.0 and above. Once downloaded, unzip it, using
bunzip2 as "bunzip2 CIA_WDB2.jpd.bz2". This will produce
a big file named CIA_WDB2.jpd (its size is 12.037424 Mb!!!).
Then move it to your /usr/share/rmap directory.
General Public License
MAILING LIST - IRC CHANEL :
- MAILING LIST : A mailing list has been
created on October 13th 2002 dedicated to both programs :
Sunclock and Xrmap.
On june 24th, 2008, I have moved the list to a new domain,
so if you want to subscribe, or if you have subscribed, and
want your subscription to be moved to the new domain,
you have to subscribe again.
How to do? It's easy, simply click here :
And send the mail just created. That's all!
- IRC : Maybe you can find some Sunclock And/or Xrmap
users in #jpd on irc.freenode.net for answers to questions and
general discussion. Join us on #jpd
Other Linux Program available :
- GenJ - A Genealogy Program written in Java.
If you enjoy Genealogy, you MUST HAVE it ;-). One of my favorite Java programs.
Click here to access it.
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If you want to write me (my Email) :
My Snail Mail address :
- François - Celtes System
- P.O. Box 317
- 85330 NOIRMOUTIER
Page created on :
September, 12 2005
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