« on: June 21, 2009, 03:19:06 am »
You may know this, but I just tried it and wanted to share it. Because I like to mix graphics in my maps, and I also want to err on the side of caution when it comes to re-use, I tend to stick with public domain, purchased, or NM library images. But on my last map, there was an image I really wanted to use. It is licensed for re-use if attribution is made, or a link made to the author. I cannot easily link an image without putting in on a branch (do-able, but awkward for me in this map). And if I put the attribution (not on the original image) as a separate text box (easily do-able), it would not be appropriate as anyone with NovaMind could separate the boxes and re-use the image without attribution.
So now that I am playing with exporting maps to GIF format, I can take the image and put it over my map title (so only the image is displayed), add the separate text box with attribution and export the entire map to GIF. Then I can use the GIF in my map to post and anyone who re-uses the image will automatically get the attribution along with it.
There are many other ways to re-use maps once exported as GIF. I hope NM 5 retains (and expands?) this feature.