General notes on using computers and technical writing
Setting up MICRODEM
Program version on
Program tab of
form. Pick the appropriate option. This does two things:
- Simplifies menus,
removing choices you will
not need. The
"regular" option is the most
- Opens up labs menu
choices, which automate
downloading and opening data
General Directions for the program
- Basics of running MICRODEM.
on maps. All large scale maps should have a
scalebar. Small scale maps, where the scale changes significantly from
top to bottom, will not allow a single scalebar.
Key buttons on map toolbar (which
is different from the main program toolbar)
- Copy to
You can copy any window's contents to the clipboard and then to
Word or PowerPoint. If this is not on the toolbar, use the
popup menu, or the File menu.
For a map you
have the choice of a quick export, or a cartographically pretty map with the
coordinates labeled. This gets all of graphic, and none of the
border, both of which can be challanges if you use the Windows "Snip"
Map zooming. For
large maps, use subset and zoom. These data
sets are larger than will fit on screen at full resolution.
- Zoom out to show entire data set.
- Key options
The database table will be displayed in its own
form, which allows you a number of options with
- Quick map enhancement options
- Map query on
display (especially Rectangular region and Current Map Area to find just the
database records that are on a smaller region of the map)
- For a DEM, the default display is a combination
map with color elevation tinting. If you want to display
other data on the map, you might go with a grayscale reflectance map.
click on the map
window, and change the display parameter,
or adjust the "reflectance options".
last revision 1/9/2019