This command is exactly identical to Save Map, except that no
map attribute file (*.dmf) is saved. Therefore it is designed to save maps for use
in other Windows applications. The output format can be selected under
"Save as type". Alternately you may use Copy to Clipboard and paste into your
Here are the different filetypes you can save.
- GIF (Graphics Interchange Format). This is recommended for general
purpose graphic saves where file size is most important. This is
best for important documents and desktop publishing. The palette is only 8-bit
(255 colors) so you may see unwanted changes in color and hue. Pixel
quality though is superb and it is excellent for handling fine detail (such as
station plot models).
- JPG (JPEG). This is recommended for general purpose graphic saves
where color accuracy is most important. It offers
good compression, but details may be lost. This is a "lossy" compression
scheme, which means that some pixel detail is lost. Filesize however is vastly
smaller than other formats when the image is complex. The palette is 24-bit,
but color is not accurate bit-for-bit due to the lossy compression
scheme. Some fine detail (such as plot models) may have very slight
illegibility. Compression settings can be modified in File >
Preferences > Maps > . Go there to change the permanent setting.
- PNG (Portable Network Graphics). This is
recommended for accurate (lossless) renditions of the graphic where large
filesizes are not acceptable, offering no lossiness but with a slight
disk space penalty. Some older browsers (from before 2000) do not
recognize PNG graphics.
- BMP (Windows bitmap). This is recommended for accurate (lossless)
renditions of the graphic where large filesizes are acceptable. It is not
recommended as it will eat up your disk space. Note that it creates 24-bit
files that are not compatible with some older graphics viewers, particularly
those written before 1996.