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World Vision Uses Curious Maps To Illustrate Publications

Creates information graphics for its extensive range of publications (October 28, 2004)

World Vision, a Christian relief and development organisation, has been using Curious Softwares Curious World Maps to create information graphics for its extensive range of publications.

World Vision aims to promote the well being of all people - especially children - by offering material, emotional, social and spiritual support. It currently helps over 100 million people worldwide.

One function of the organisation is to produce an extensive range of literature covering topics as diverse as Gender Development, Global Economics and Trade, Child Poverty and Human Rights. It also published a quarterly magazine, Global Future, which is aimed at promoting debate on important development questions. Each issue of the magazine deals with a topical theme, and includes articles from policy makers, grassroots activists and development practitioners, including World Vision staff.

Dirk Jacobs, head of World Visions Creative Unit in Germany, came across Curious Softwares map generation package when he was researching ways of illustrating World Visions publications with accurate maps.

?World Vision operates in nearly 100 countries and employs over 20,000 staff, he explains. ?As nearly all of our publications deal with international subject matter, we needed access to high quality map graphics to illustrate our stories and special report so that we could place them in a firm geographical context.

?Although it is primarily designed as a broadcast product, Curious World Maps software proved very useful. Its very user-friendly software and has great potential in the fields of web-animation, video and information-graphics. It is this unique combination of features that sets it apart from its competitors.

Curious World Maps was launched in 2000 as a solution for creating broadcast quality still and animated maps for television, corporate presentations and the Internet. It has rapidly become the industry standard software for creating all kinds of map graphic illustrations and is in daily use by the best in the business including ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, NBC, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Weather Channel and many more.

Its success is based on a number of factors, not least its ability to give users total creative control, enabling them to quickly and easily create broadcast quality still and animated maps of anywhere in the world. The software includes built-in vector databases of the whole world comprising detailed outline data for countries, regions, states and counties. It also includes over 500,000 place names covering towns, mountains and other physical features such as rivers, lakes and roads. Imported local data or satellite images can also be incorporated into Curious maps, making it simple to create in minutes an animation than zooms in from a spinning globe right down to a single building.

About Curious Software
Curious Software is an innovative software company with a great pedigree. Founded in May 1999, Curious Softwares aim is to make the highest quality professional information graphics available to everyone creating content for the television, post-production, Internet and corporate graphics industries.

Curious Software products provide all the tools required to create stunning animations and presentations in easy-to-use and affordable packages. Our series of professional products are all based on a generic multi-layered animation engine, designed to accelerate the creation of the highest quality graphics.

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