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Compatability

When speaking of compatability, it is first of all important to stress that Flowmap is a PC Software (Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista and Windows 7) program. Luckily, most GIS packages are also focused upon this platform, which is beneficial for the compatability with these programs.

An important aspect for a programma is its compatability with other programs. Especially in the GIS-field multiple programs are used to perform a sequel of operations. Hence, also Flowmap is compatible with most mainstream GIS Packages and able to handle many widely used file formats:

MapInfo/MIF and ArcView/Shape files

Any GIS project involves a lot of time spent on data preparation. Flowmap supports the use of the two most extensively used PC GIS file formats: the MapInfo Interchange (MIF/MID) files, and the ArcView Shapefile. Flowmap can not use the actual MIF/MID or Shapefiles - because these lack topology - , but conversion to the Flowmap format in order to perform analyses and modelling is rather easy.

Two other formats that are supported by Flowmap are Atlas*GIS BNA files, and MOSS files, a format to which you can export your (UNIX) Arc/Info and Genamap files.

Note: although converting your maps to the Flowmap format is easy, hooking up the attribute data of your maps in Flowmap is not fully automatic. Therefore, in the manual and within the training modules we guide you through this process.

.DBF files

Numeric results are stored in .DBF files. Flowmap retrieves its map attribute data, and stores analysis and modelling results in dBASE III (DBF) files. This file format is supported by widely used spreadsheet and database packages like Microsoft Excel, Coreal Quattro Pro and Microsoft Access. Again, the hooking up of the resulting data to your original maps in MapInfo or ArcView for further processing is explained in the manual and the within the training modules.

Map exports

If the results you calculated take the form of a set of lines from A to B, you can display these lines within Flowmap. You can vary the shape and thickness of these lines according to the quantities they represent, and export them as such to MapInfo/MIF files. Selecting subsets of line sets (e.g. in several size classes) and exporting these subsets one by one is possible as well. Use your GIS to further customize the way your lines look, and display them on top of a background map of your choice.

Bitmap files

Apart from exporting your results back to your GIS, you can also display them in Flowmap right away. These result maps can be saved as BMP files. Maps can be displayed in custom colors, will include a legend, and can contain a title, scale bar, and data labels and bars. Your choice of map subsets can also be displayed.

Please note: Flowmap is not a general purpose GIS. In fact, apart from the above mentioned spatial analysis tools, its functionalities are rather basic. It is specifically designed to be used in combination with a Database Managment System (DMBS) and a mapping system and/or general purpose GIS.