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    Question Morphing a Map Over Time

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    I wish i knew a better way to describe this....

    What do you call the type of map that shows changes to an Empire over time?... for example, with the Roman empire, the map might start with the city of Rome at a certain date, then expand to all of Italy later, then end with the furthest extent of Rome at a later year.

    I feel like there has to be a name for this type of time based morphing map.

    Here is an example....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:T...s_in_China.gif

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    Good question, I don't really know the answer, though I'm sure there is one and one of our more scholarly members might be aware. A map chronicle, perhaps?

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    Nice new badge there, GP!

    I'm not sure if that kind of map has a specific name. Perhaps we should give it one ourselves. Political time lapse map? Imperial expansimation? (That's expansion crossed with animation.)

    Ooh! Then we could turn it into a verb: I like the way you expansimated that map. And we could have a new specialty among cartographers: "What do I do for a living? I'm an expansimator."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Midgardsormr View Post
    Ooh! Then we could turn it into a verb: I like the way you expansimated that map. And we could have a new specialty among cartographers: "What do I do for a living? I'm an expansimator."
    LOL! I'd have spit out my drink if I had one when I read that.

    'Political Time-Lapse Map' is good, how about expanding it to "Geo-Political Time-Lapse Mapping", though I really do like Expansimated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Midgardsormr View Post
    Nice new badge there, GP!
    Yeah, but it seems like a cross between the "Being Geologically Correct Award and the Anal Retentive Award"! Still it is shiny!

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    Ooo, gotta get me one of those.
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    Well, i guess let's coin one...or at least pending existence of a real name.

    If i may,
    From henceforth, barring rejection by forum....This type of map shall be called a Geo-Political Time-Lapse Map with a nickname of GPTL map or...expansimator

    My next question is...Does anyone know a map person/user whom I should ask to get more information about making advanced GPTL maps? (a beginner's gotta start somewhere)

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    I think selecting a name makes you the resident expert. I'm thinking the best tool for an expansimation would be Flash. You could do animated gifs, like the one you presented, but you'll have far more options in Flash, plus you'll get to use more colors (gifs being limited to 256 colors in each frame).
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    I agree Midgard, FLASH would probably be best. I did a small bit of FLASH development a few years ago. Cool stuff, but way to time consuming for my liking.
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