Saturday, 12 August 2006

2 weeks done!

So it's been a couple of weeks now at the new job and it's been great. HELP has a diverse group of people involved and I'm really impressed with the way data, maps, and other important files are set up. For a large research group, I'm finding it's really easy to find the files I need quickly.

Personnel are fantastic too. The Provincial Mapping Team are a close nit group and have really helped me out this week with all the cartography work I've been doing in Freehand and Illustrator. And munching on daily mangos....fantastic!

For the past two weeks, I've been working on mapping out 23 socioeconomic variables related to early childhood development, mostly in the 3 Revelstoke school districts. Freehand is a great tool for cartography and I'm interested in seeing how different Illustrator is in comparison.

James from Spatially Enabled posted about the new changes in ArcGIS 9.2. We at HELP export our basemap layers from ArcGIS as JPGs to Freehand and go from there. ArcGIS 9 just doesn't past mustard at this point for all the map production at this point. A shame really, but who knows? Maybe in 5 years we won't need it.

(Yeah, right.) ;)
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