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Obtaining Useful EPS Files from EDINA
Author: David Cottingham
The EDINA map service ( http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/) provides high resolution OS map data for download (you'll need an Athens account available from the University Library, and then to sign up for EDINA, which takes a few days). You can obtain map portions for download in EPS or PDF formats. However, these have large amounts of text and scale bars on them which makes them unsuitable for insertion into papers.
To get round this (don't worry, the copyright statement that is embedded into the map image is all you need), do the following:
- Export the PDF from EDINA
- Open the PDF using Adobe Acrobat Professional (available using rdesktop desktop)
- Crop the PDF by using the Advanced Editing Tools, selecting the map, and then double clicking on it
- Export the end product as an EPS from Acrobat.
Because the copyright statement is already embedded into the map there is no need to include it in the text.