Frequently Asked Questions

How were the maps produced?
The author produced the maps in CorelDraw for Windows, saving these as EPS files for delivery to the publisher. To preserve the integrity of the maps, all files were rasterized by NIAS Press. They were then output as single-size, high-resolution PDFs for use in printing and as JPEGs in different sizes for viewing on-screen.

How do I remove the pink watermark defacing all maps?
Login to the secure website. Only maps on the public website are watermarked.

Why can’t I print or download these watermarked maps?
Because they are for demonstration purposes only. All maps will be fully functional once you login to the secure website.

Is it possible to obtain the maps in other formats or sizes?
Yes. However, because reformatting would take time, a fee would be charged (please contact us at [email protected] for details). Instead, you may wish to do this reformatting yourself. The conditions of use of the Digital Atlas allow Atlas owners to resize maps and to adapt them for printing by changing their colour format and file type. However, you are not permitted to modify the contents of any map.

How can I reformat a map?
You (or your publisher) can easily do this by using Photoshop or similar image-processing software. Because of the pitfalls associated with reformatting graphical image files, we recommend that you consult our guidelines on editing of files.

How can I resize a map?
You can resize a map in Powerpoint simply by scaling it. However, while it is safe to scale down, there are limits to how much you can scale up before the image starts to degrade. Otherwise, you can resize a map by using Photoshop or similar image-processing software (the same caveats apply regarding editing of files and regarding scaling up versus scaling down).

How do I get B&W versions of the maps?
Use Photoshop or similar image-processing software, changing the colour mode from RGB or CMYK to Grayscale.

Is it possible to commission other, new maps?
This is possible, depending on the author’s availability, the deadline and the amount of work involved. Obviously, a fee would be charged (please contact us at [email protected] so that we can refer you directly to the author).

Which format is best for using in Powerpoint?
JPEG. Just which actual map view you download depends on the image size you need.

Which format is best for insertion in publications?
PDF is the file type in which we supply maps that are intended for high-quality printing. However, for some types of printing it may be appropriate to convert the PDF into a TIFF file (see entry on reformatting a map above).

Which format is best for printing maps?
PDF. Although you can easily print a map by clicking on the Print icon, what is printed is the appropriate JPEG file for that map. This is of a far inferior resolution than the associated PDF file. As such, for a high-resolution print, download the PDF file for this map, open it in Adobe Acrobat and print the map within that program.

Can I save expanded views of maps?
Yes. While viewing the map in expanded format, simply right-click or Ctrl-click on the image and choose ‘Save image’.

May I use the maps in other ways?
Yes. Your use of the Digital Atlas is only limited by the borders of your imagination and the restrictions placed under its conditions of use.

Can I use the Digital Atlas even though I am not a registered owner?
Yes. However, only registered owners have online access to the latest, fully featured version of the Digital Atlas via this website. (In contrast, the free-to-view pages of the website only display maps that are overprinted with a watermark.) There are other benefits to being a registered owner, as well.

Must I register my copy of the Digital Atlas?
No. However, there are several benefits to being a registered owner.

Can I register my copy of the Digital Atlas if I have bought it second-hand?
Yes. But make sure that you obtain the previous owner’s registration details and ensure that you have proof of your purchase. Thereafter, simply login with the previous owner’s registration details and update these with your own name, e-mail address and password. Should you run into any trouble with this, contact us at [email protected], explaining the situation. More than likely, we shall then ask you to send us proof of your purchase of the Digital Atlas.

What should I do if I discover that someone else has already registered my copy of the Digital Atlas?
Contact us at [email protected], explaining the situation. More than likely, we shall then ask you to send us proof of your purchase of the Digital Atlas.

Why otherwise might I be unable to register my copy of the Digital Atlas?
There are several reasons. Not all of the fields may be filled in (all are mandatory). Also, you may have specified an invalid serial number (not that printed on the protective case of your atlas DVD) or invalid e-mail address (e.g. including spaces) or mistyped the confirming password. Check for these possible errors and try again. If all else fails, please contact us at [email protected] directly, quoting your serial number. Be prepared that we may ask you to send us proof of your purchase of the Digital Atlas.

Why am I unable to update registration of my copy of the Digital Atlas?
Any field apart from the serial number can be altered or left as is. However, remember that all fields are mandatory so you may not erase a field value then submit your changes with an empty field. Also, take care that you do not specify an invalid new e-mail address (e.g. including spaces) or mistype the confirming password. Check for these possible errors and try again. If all else fails, please contact us at [email protected] directly, quoting your serial number.

Are there any restrictions regarding library use?
Libraries are permitted to purchase copies of the Digital Atlas and thereafter lend these to their users. Here, too, however, a single-user licence applies, i.e. a library copy may only be lent out to one borrower at any one time. Moreover, because it is the library that registers its copy of the Digital Atlas, borrowers cannot enjoy the additional benefits of registration (update notifications, for instance). Obviously, borrowers are prohibited from downloading/backing up a copy of the atlas onto any computer. These restrictions aside, borrowers of library copies of the Digital Atlas enjoy all of the rights accorded to registered owners of the atlas.

What do I do if the DVD of my copy of the Digital Atlas is damaged?
If the DVD was damaged at time of purchase, then you should raise the matter with the retailer who sold you the atlas. If the damage occurs at a later date, often due to normal wear and tear, then all is not lost. Provided you are a registered owner of the Digital Atlas, you have unrestricted, online access to the latest, fully featured version of the atlas via this website. However, you can contact NIAS Press and request a replacement copy, as well. This we will be happy to supply provided we have stock (we will have a limited number of extra copies of the DVD available on a first-come, first-served basis) and subject to you paying for postage and packaging. We shall of course ask you to send us the damaged DVD and proof of your purchase of the Digital Atlas.

Will the Digital Atlas run on any type of computer?
Yes, provided it has a fully functional web browser installed and is able read a dual-layer DVD.

Which web browser is best for viewing the atlas?
Opinions differ between computer users as to which browser is best. But, because the Digital Atlas has been produced using standard HTML coding (i.e. compliant with Web standards), there is no technical reason requiring you to use this browser or that. You should not encounter pages that can only be viewed in Internet Explorer (a problem that can occur if web pages are created using Microsoft Front Page). The content management system behind both the DVD and online editions of the atlas is Drupal, an open-source, ‘back end’ system used for many different types of websites.

What known issues are there with use of the atlas?
To date, there are no known issues with use of the Digital Atlas. Should any arise, these will be flagged in the ‘Updates’ section of this website and noted in this online version of the FAQ.