An updated interactive version of the official Atlas of Switzerland, presenting a range of new and updated information in innovative ways, was launched on Friday.
The maps, covering about 2,000 themes, can be viewed in either two or three dimensions. One innovation is the 3-D prism map, where two themes can be combined in one statistical overview.
The new version is the third to appear on DVD. It includes many new themes from the areas of transport, energy and communications in Switzerland and Europe.
Most of the existing maps covering nature and the environment, society, the economy and the state and politics have been updated.
Users can combine up to four map views in two or three dimensions at will in order to make comparisons.
Among the highlights are a new 3-D outline tool which makes it possible to import, modify and export GPS paths, and a 3-D silhouette tool for creating a draft picture of the terrain.
The map in four languages, including English, is suitable for both Mac and PC.
It is a joint production by the Cartography Institute of the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, the Federal Topography Office and the Federal Statistics Office.
Its launch coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first national atlas.
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