Hints for using AZ_PROJ
The output format of AZ_PROJ is PostScriptTM, a graphic description language which is ideal for laser printers. Unfortunately, most of us don't have laser printers. Even worse, AZ_PROJ uses a bit of non-standard PostScript so it only works reliably on Sun workstations and HP laser printers; DEC laser printers gag, and other brands may or may not print something useful. With these limitations, I suspect that many who have tried AZ_PROJ have given up in frustration; I would have, except that the things that almost worked were so tantalizing. Also, Joe, NA3T, was extraordinarily helpful in finding ways to work around these limitations. The latest version, 1.04, of AZ_PROJ works pretty well.
Most of us use PCs and affordable printers. There is a shareware program, GhostScript, which interprets, displays, and prints Postscript files on a PC. For standard PostScript, the windows version, GSVIEW for screen display and GSWIN for printing do a great job; however, they also gag on AZ_PROJ.
With DOS version 3.33 of GhostScript and version 1.04 of AZ_PROJ (available from the AZ_PROJ home page) , I am able to viewprint nice maps on my HP DeskJet 660 using the AZVIEW.BAT and AZPRINT.BAT DOS batch files which are supplied with AZ_PROJ version 1.04. Other printers are supported -- if I specify a djet500 printer instead of the color DeskJet, it uses only black ink instead of lots of expensive color ink. I think HP has done a good job of making their printers reasonably compatible, so a similar model number seems to work. At one time, I was able to print on an Epson dot-matrix printer, so others may work with some experimentation.
gs386 -q fn42bl.ps -- az_proj.ps n_amer.wdb sites.dat
or create a custom batch file like FN42VIEW.BAT
and print it with another batch file, FN42PRIN.BAT
However, Joe has made an even easier way -- a configuration file. Now you can use a standard ini file followed by a configuration file which changes only the things you want to customize. Joe's example configuration file is called vhf_conf.ps, and the preview command string becomes:
gs386 -q fn42bl.ps vhf_conf.ps -- az_proj.ps n_amer.wdb sites.dat
Just edit the configuration file for each custom map.
73 and good luck
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