software (fwd)

Hugh W Jarvis (hjarvis@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Thu, 23 Feb 1995 13:19:30 -0500

Here is some information about two pieces of software which might interest
some of you. Both are shareware and useful in mapping distributions and
the like. MapPad and Steronet are their names.

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Date: Tue, 21 Feb 1995 05:40:47 NST

Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 15:15:27 -0600 (CST)
From: (Lou Maher)
Subject: MapPad--a useful freeby

Colleagues of the Quaternary Listserv:

Those of you who use Microsoft Windows and also work with data
that are logically associated with specific geographic sites may
be interested in a remarkable free program called MapPad.

The creator of MapPad, John Keltner, NOAA Paleoclimatology
Program, described its operation in the January 1995 Newsletter of
the INQUA-Commission for the Study of the Holocene Working Group
on Data-Handling Methods. Because many more people could use this
program than are reached by the Newsletter, I am taking the
liberty of abstracting John's article on what MapPad does and how
to get a copy.

MapPad allows you to show on a map, the position of all the sites
you have assembled in a data file that you can create, edit, or
delete. Examples of such data might be a list of the pollen
sites in North America, dinosaur sites in Asia, mineral localities
in Africa, last interglacial sites in the northern hemisphere,
ocean cores in the north Atlantic, volcanoes of South America,
diamond properties in Africa, wine shops in Europe....

The operation of MapPad is quite intuitive. Your sites of
interest appear on a map that can be resized by clicking and
dragging. Click on a point, and you will see its name. Push a
button, and you can read and edit the information about that site
in your database. The beauty of MapPad is that you control what
it shows. You can create different kinds of data files to show on
a single map, or you can create your own databases for different
regions of the world. Currently available are maps for Africa,
Asia, Beringia, Europe, the Indo-Pacific, Latin America, and North
America, as well as a North Polar projection. The data are kept
in a simple ASCII text file which you can share with your
colleagues by e-mail. MapPad's Help section tells you how to make
your own database, and it comes with a sample that you can use
immediately. You can set up MapPad to show its commands in
English, German, or French.

To get your copy of MapPad simply use your World Wide Web client
(e.g. Mosaic) and come on down the Infobahn to NOAA
Paleoclimatology's home page (the URL is
Look for the signs announcing MapPad. (Alternatively you may come
via anonymous ftp to Paleo's ftp server ( and
cd to the /paleo/softlib directory and get

Once you get the zipped MapPad file, unzip it to a temporary
directory (e.g. c:\tmpdir) on your hard drive and then from the
Windows' Program Manager select File and Run and then type:
c:\tmpdir\setup.exe and simply follow the installation

MapPad was executed by John Keltner ( The
U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, through their Paleoclimatology Program, has
provided the computer resources for its distribution. MapPad is
provided free of charge and may not be resold.

You can also pick up a self-unzipping copy of MapPad from the
INQUA File Boutique. By World Wide Web, the Boutique's URL is:
You should take a copy of MAPPAD1Z.EXE, place it in a temporary
directory (e.g. c:\tmpdir). It can be unzipped merely my typing
MAPPAD1Z and touching the 'enter' key. Install the program in
Windows as described above. You can also get the program by
anonymous ftp. (ftp (or ftp
Logon as anonymous, and give your e-mail address as the password.
The path to the subdirectory is /pub/inqua). Type binary to
insure you get a working binary copy of the file, and then type
get mappad1z.exe to move it to your computer.

Lou Maher

Louis J. Maher, Geology & Geophysics, Univ. Wisconsin, Madison WI 53706 Phone: (608) 262-9595 Fax: (608) 262-0693


Date: Mon, 20 Feb 1995 15:57:55 +0100
From: (Per Ivar Steinsund)
Subject: Announce: Free StereoNet 3.0 for Windows demo


New options are:
- Support for both upper and lower hemispheres
- More contouring options (Kamb, Gaussian)
- Better user interface
- Better rose diagrams

Demo program
The latest version of the demo program can be downloaded by
FTP from anonymous on The files are located
on the directory pub/stereo and a zip file containing all the
files is found at pub/stereo/zip. If you don't have access to
FTP, the program can be sent via E-mail in uuencode, binhex or
mime format. Requests for getting the demo via E-mail should
be sent to, please specify format.

StereoNet is a program for plotting on stereonets and
performing 3D analysis and recalculations. Only available
memory limits the number of points that can be handled. Each
point needs 8 bytes, so 1Mb of RAM can hold 125,000 points.

StereoNet graphics
The graphics are in separate windows, and it is possible to
operate several graphic windows simultaneously. The data can
be plotted in a stereonet with either Schmidt (equal area) or
Wulff (equal angle) projection. Each graphic window is
assigned to the default hemisphere (lower, upper or both)
during creation. It is possible to print the graphic on any
printing device that Windows supports. The graphic can be
copied into other Windows applications via the clipboard.

All these features can be plotted on the same plot.
- Plotting planar data, as great circles.
- Plotting points, with many different symbols
- Plotting contours.
- Plotting rose diagrams.
- Plotting statistics
- Plotting slip linear plots
- 24 bit color support, the user can define any color.

The result of all recalculations can be saved in files and
printed from StereoNet.
- Eigen vector analysis.
- Rotations in 3D.
- Calculating contours.
- Calculating planar data to poles.
- Calculating poles to planar data.
- Calculating intersections between planes.

System requirements
A 386SX or better PC, 2MB RAM and Windows 3.1 or higher, any
Windows compatible printer and graphic card. Mouse