Map Tiler Review + Davidson 60's Map Overlay

Map Folder

Map Tiler’s Interface is very user friendly at the beginning. The addition of points to match up with the given map is very intuitive. However, the map result can encounter noticeable problems if the map picture is not entirely to scale. For example, many of the buildings on Davidson campus to not match up with their counterparts on the two maps in relation to the streets. In addition, if a map is fairly un-detailed in a certain area, or simply lacks easily identifiable points for detail, the map will generally be very skewed, even if there are many points in a clustered area. Roads are the best point of reference, I’ve found, as they often have very clear intersections. They are also much less subject to distortion than buildings, which can have very many differences in scale between the two maps.

The other issue with the program is the fact that the output system can be a little confusing. It seems one has to devote an entire separate folder to the rendering files or the program will become confused. I would have rather the system create a folder in the destination file rather than just simply putting each file in the folder (or on the desktop) individually.

However, once one gets accustomed to the quirks, Map Tiler is very straightforward and simple to use. It gives a very good product for very little effort and can be easily taught to just about any level of user with minimal guidance.

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