Interactive Map Projector

Map projections are typically chosen due to their mapping properties (such as equidistant, equal area, conformal or compromise projections) and the projection center is positioned such that distortions near the graphical center are minimized. A different and more explorative approach to map projections is presented by the projection tool (accessible via maps => test maps) at hand which offers around 80 different projection types and allows an interactive modification of projection parameters. Where do distortion grow beyond limits, how are meridians and parallels deformed, how can continents be placed side by side and how can a map take advantage of a given layout? Such and similar questions are immediately answered with the aid of this projection tool. Finally, the created map can be exported and further processed by vector graphics applications.