Flex projector-interactive software for designing world map projections

Bernhard Jenny, Tom Patterson, Lorenz Hurni

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Flex Projector is a free, open-source, and cross-platform software application that allows cartographers to interactively design custom projections for small-scale world maps. It specializes in cylindrical, and pseudocylindrical projections, as well as polyconical projections with curved parallels. Giving meridians non-uniform spacing is an option for all classes of projections. The interface of Flex Projector enables cartographers to shape the projection graticule, and provides visual and numerical feedback to judge its distortion properties. The intended users of Flex Projector are those without specialized mathematical expertise, including practicing mapmakers and cartography students. The pages that follow discuss why the authors developed Flex Projector, give an overview of its features, and introduce two new map projections created by the authors with this new software: the A4 and the Natural Earth projection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-27
Number of pages16
JournalCartographic Perspectives
Issue number59
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

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