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USA, County, World, Globe, Editable PowerPoint Maps for Sales and Marketing Presentations

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Customizing Microsoft PowerPoint Maps for Windows or Macintosh

General Questions About Our Maps

Using Our Maps


Customizing Microsoft PowerPoint Maps

Can I edit my map in PowerPoint?
Yes, our maps can be completely edited in all versions of PowerPoint, including the newest version 2007. Every state, county, country or text block is an individual editable element. They can be colored, customized, move or deleted elements as you want. PowerPoint has a very nice collection of editing and drawing tools, located either along the bottom or along the side of your screen.

How do I customize the PowerPoint Maps for my sales presentation?
All of our PowerPoint maps have individual elements that can be colored or moved or changed to highlight a section.

  1. Click on the element; state, county or country, with your cursor to select it. You will see eight little white boxes or handles around the outside of the map to tell you it is selected.
  2. When the element you want to color is selected, CLICK on the FILL MENU, the one with the paint bucket, near the right center of the TOOL BAR at the bottom of your slide and choose a color. You can also change lines, add drop shadows, edit or add text.

I want to pull several states out of the main map to highlight them, how do I do this?

  1. Holding down the SHIFT key allows you to select several states at the same time. Using your Cursor, click on the states you want to move.
  2. Once you have the states selected, release the SHIFT key and while still holding down the Mouse Button drag the selected items away from the main map.
  3. These states can now be customized using the tools in the DRAW TOOL BAR, you can change color, or line weight or fill pattern.
  4. To keep this selection together after you have customized it you should GROUP them. You might need to reselect if you don't see the little handles. GROUP is located in the DRAW Pop up menu.

How do I enlarge or reduce a state or county map?
To enlarge a single state select it with the cursor. Place your cursor over one of the corner handles of the selected map. Click on the handle, hold down the mouse button and drag in a 45 degree diagonal motion, the map will enlarge. Holding down the SHIFT key, will keep the map proportional as you change its size.

How do I enlarge or reduce a group of states or counties?

To enlarge several states or counties you need to GROUP them together.

  1. Hold down the Shift key and using the pointer CLICK on the states you want to enlarge together.
  2. Once the states are selected click on the DRAW popup menu in the TOOL BAR along the bottom and choose GROUP.
  3. You will now see just 8 handles on your selected group. Place your pointer over one of the lower left or right corner handles. Click, and hold down the mouse button and drag the handle in a diagonal 45 degree direction. This will enlarge the group. Release your mouse button when you have the correct size. Pulling out, the group will enlarge, moving in towards the center it will reduce. Holding down the SHIFT key will keep things proportional.
  4. Text elements will need to be re-adjusted manually, they will move to the correct place but in PowerPoint they do not scale up or down. You may also need to UNGROUP them and move them where needed. The text can be resized using the Font Tools along the top of the screen.

How do I color and individual state or country?
Select the state or country with the pointer, you will see the little handles around it, select a color from the Fill Bucket in the Tool Bar along the bottom of the slide.

How do we divide a state into two territories and color them differently?
PowerPoint isn't really a drawing program but we have found a fairly effective way of doing this. The easiest way is to trace over the outline of the state with one of the drawing tools and then filling in this new section with a different color. Basically you are laying a partial state outline on top of the original.

The drawing tools are located in the AUTO SHAPES pop up menu in the DRAWING TOOL BAR. In AUTO SHAPES select LINES, we like the middle line on the bottom row, the FREE FORM LINE tool. With this line tool selected you can now trace over the map making a complete closed path by clicking point by point. Bring the line back to the beginning point and give two quick clicks and you will have an object that can be filled with a new color.

To make this easier locate the Zoom Box in the upper right hand corner of the top tool bar and select 300 or 400% so you can really see what is going on. If you need to you can adjust the points by selecting the new object with your pointer and choosing EDIT POINTS from the DRAW popup menu on the far left of the tool bar. Also make sure SNAP TO GRID is not checked. This method isn't perfect but will work pretty well and allows you to set up the partial territories.

If you are using the EPS Adobe Illustrator version of our maps you can use the SCISSORS tool and cut the border and then rejoin the lines giving you two halves.

How do I highlight a city within a state?
One possible way to highlight a city would be to put a circle or box or custom shape around or near it.

Look in the AUTO SHAPES Pop Up box in the Drawing Tool Bar. PowerPoint gives you lots of pre-drawn shapes from boxes, to arrows, to stars, many different kinds. Select the AUTO SHAPES menu and choose one of the categories and then one of the shapes.

Take your pointer and click, hold and drag to generate the shape, dragging allows you to make it bigger or smaller, holding down the SHIFT Key keeps it proportional. Once it is drawn you can change the fill color or pattern or no fill at all just an outline, and then move it where you want. You may need to put it in front of or behind another object. This is done by using the ORDER option in the DRAW pop up menu. You can Send to Front, Send Backward, etc.

Are there stars or circles I can use to show my sales offices?
Yes, PowerPoint has an excellent collection of stars, arrows, circles, etc, that you can use to highlight office locations.

Look in the AUTO SHAPES Pop Up box in the Drawing Tool Bar. PowerPoint gives you lots of pre-drawn shapes from boxes, to arrows, to stars, many different kinds. Select the AUTO SHAPES menu and choose one of the categories and then one of the shapes.

Take your pointer and click, hold and drag to generate the shape, dragging allows you to make it bigger or smaller, holding down the SHIFT Key keeps it proportional. Once it is drawn you can change the fill color or pattern or no fill at all just an outline, and then move it where you want.

 

General Questions About Our Maps

Who is Bruce Jones Design Inc.?
We are a graphic design firm specializing in business graphics since 1985. We developed our clip art maps in 1990 selling them by mail order and through catalogs. In 1996 we moved our products to the Internet, offering downloadable collections on a subscription basis. Since then we have updated and added to the collection.

What do I get for "one low price"?
This gives you a one year subscription of unlimited downloads of our maps. You may come back to this site as often as you want and download whatever you need during the year. Most or our customers use our site as a library, downloading what they need when they need it. We also offer for a one time fee for a backup CD-ROM of the entire collection. The CD option also includes a one year download subscription.

Do you have a secure site?
Yes. All of our orders go through our provider's secure server. If you are at all uncomfortable with putting your payment over the web we will gladly process your order over the phone by calling (781) 255-7171. We accept American Express, VISA, MasterCard and checks.

How do I download a Map?
For PowerPoint, EPS, and JPG maps; on the map download page, click and hold on the word Download with the right button on your mouse for 2 seconds, release your finger, and select SAVE TARGET AS from the pop up window. For Macintosh just use the one button on the mouse. Save your map onto your hard drive somewhere where you can find it later. For the GIF maps, click and hold the pointer on an individual map until the Save/Copy window pops up; then, save your map.

Sometimes when I click Download the map opens in the browser?
Explorer seems to be designed to want to start doing things right away. You do not want to have your map open in the browser, you want to save the map onto your hard drive. If the maps opens in the browser just close that window and try again holding down the right button on your mouse for about 2 seconds, and select SAVE TARGET AS to your hard drive. See above.

Do you compress or use some kind of security measure for downloading on your maps?
No we do not. Our maps are uncompressed, straight forward Illustrator EPS, PowerPoint, .gif, or .jpg files.

I need a receipt; how to I get one?
We bounce back to everyone an e-mail auto reply with access information. We also follow up with a full e-mail receipt. Please make sure you fill in the e-mail section on the order form. If you need a paper receipt, please call or e-mail us; we will be happy to mail you one.

What happens if I don't like the maps? Can I get a refund?
Yes. Just call or contact us by e-mail and let us know the problem. We guarantee 100% satisfaction, or your money back.

Using Our Maps

What do the Maps look like?
Please select one of the map icons on the home page. This will take you to picture directories and samples to review.

Can I edit and customize these Maps?
Yes, our PowerPoint and EPS maps are very flexible and can be easily edited. Each element is a separate object that can be customized. You can edit EPS maps in Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, Freehand, Flash or similar applications. The PowerPoint maps are regular PowerPoint slides. Each map is made of individual elements that can be filled with color, pulled out to highlight an area and/or customize using all of the drawing tools along the bottom of your slide window. The GIF and JPG maps are bitmap graphics and can be edited in Adobe PhotoShop, PaintBrush or similar applications.

How many Maps download at one time?
You download the maps you want, one at a time.

How do I open and use my Map?
Some of our maps can be used directly; others need to be opened in a certain way.

POWERPOINT maps are for PC/Windows or Macintosh PowerPoint from Microsoft. Our PowerPoint maps are full normal PowerPoint slides with the map in the slide. Once the map has been downloaded to your hard drive it is opened just like any normal PowerPoint file. The elements in the maps are ready to edit and change. Just select them with the pointer and choose some task from the Drawing bar along the bottom. See below for more details. Occasionally some elements have been grouped together to make the map easier to deal with. To edit these maps you need to SELECT it with your pointer and then ungroup it using the UNGROUP command in the DRAW popup menu on the bottom far left of your screen. Deselect the map and you can now customize any element

EPS maps for both the Mac and PC need to be opened from inside an illustration or drawing program, such as Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, MacroMedia Freehand or Flash. EPS files download as text, but once they are opened inside an illustration program and saved in EPS format, they are ready to go or be edited. Use the OPEN command in the pull down FILE menu to open your Map. Do not use the PLACE command or double click to open your Map until they have been saved as EPS files.

GIF and JPG maps will work just fine after downloading if you use the PLACE or INSERT GRAPHICS commands to put these files into your document. The GIF files are perfect for developing web pages. To open in Photoshop or PaintBrush use the OPEN command.

Can I edit the PowerPoint and EPS Maps?
Yes. After the files are opened in Powerpoint or an illustration/drawing program, the maps can be edited. Every element is a separate object and can be customized to fit your needs. You can edit your EPS maps in Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Macromedia Freehand. The PowerPoint maps are full PowerPoint files with individual elements that are completely editable. To customize use the drawing tools along the bottom of your slide.

I can't seem to place the EPS Maps into PageMaker, InDesign or QuarkXpress. What do I do now?
Our EPS maps download to your computer as text files and need to be first opened in an illustration program such as CorelDraw, Illustrator, or Freehand and then saved as an EPS file. After you save the Map as an EPS file, it can be placed into your desktop publishing program.

How do I place and edit Gif and JPG files?
The GIF and JPG maps are bitmapped graphics. They can be edited in programs like Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Paintbrush. These maps should download without any problems and be placed in desktop publishing programs using the place or get graphics commands.

How do I open a PowerPoint Map?
You can either double click on the file icon on your hard drive or open the file from inside PowerPoint using the OPEN command in the FILE pull down menu.

Do you have USA county Maps?
Yes we do. Our maps come in PowerPoint format for PC/Windows or Macintosh PowerPoint. Every county is an individual element that can be customized and colored for your sales presentation. Our county maps come with text names that can be deleted if you want. The PowerPoint maps come two ways; each state with all of the counties enlarged to fit a slide and also a set that can be fitted back together to build regional state areas with their counties.

We also offer them in EPS format for use in Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, Macromedia Freehand or Flash for both Macintosh and PC. Every county is an individual element that can be customized and colored for your sales presentation. Our county maps come with text names that can be deleted if you want. The EPS counties can be fitted back together to form regional areas.

In addition we have a complete national county map in both PowerPoint and Adobe Illustrator with all 50 states and over 3,000 counties. And in PowerPoint a set of county maps that we broke up into regions to help you get started with your project. These map does not come with text labels but they can be added in from the individual state county maps.

Do you have Maps on CD-ROM?
Yes, we have a backup CD-ROM that includes all of the maps that are on the web site for $199.95. You can purchase the CD-ROM from the BUY page. We also include with it complete access to the download section of our website so that you can begin your project right away. The license for the CD lasts forever while the download subscription lasts for one year from purchase.

If you have any questions about using our products please call or e-mail us.


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