There is no need to set a scale when digitizing a map. The important thing is
to get your your coordinate system and control points right.
The scale on your map is the scale of its presentation, which may or may not
be the scale of its capture. This concept is the same when the map is in
mapinfo - the scale to set in MapInfo is the scale of display/presentation as
well. This is a big issue when using GIS. Is my scale of display supported by
the scale that the map was originally captured at? For example, a map
captured from 1:10,000 scale photos can easily be displayed at some smaller
scale (say 1:50,000), but could a map captured from 1:50,000 photos be
'reliably' displayed at a larger scale, say 1:10,000 ????
May i suggest that you spend some time reading an introductory cartography
book. Something such as Monmonier's "how to lie with maps" is very readable.
Hope this helps
> Dear Sir
> I am a new user of Your Product MAPINFO Profrssional( ver.5.0 ). My =
> problem is as follows:
> While digitizing the maps, I am not able to understand as to how should =
> i set the scale for the map in mapInfo professional
> In Chapter 14 (i.e. "WORKING WITH LAYOUT") OF the MapInfo User Guide,
> You have mentioned the procedure to set scale for maps.
> I've tried out the procedure too, yet i am unable to set the desired =
> scale level.
> I hope you would understand my problem and kindly guide me, preferrably =
> with an illustration,
> as to what the exact procedure should be to set scale on a map.
> Thanking You in Anticipation,
> NOTE : PRESENTLY I AM DIGITIZING A CITY MAP FOR WHICH SCALE IS GIVEN AS =
> 1:8,600 AND
> I WANT TO SET THIS SCALE IN MAPINFO.
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