I need maps of specific countries in 300 dpi format, suitable for inclusion in a book. I found some promising GIS files, but I don't have any experience with GIS software, and am having difficulty finding something that fills my needs. More details inside
The maps have to be public domain, and need to include city names and rivers/lakes and other geographical features. I found Natural Earth Data
, which has high-quality PD vector maps with the data I need. These are in shp format (with accompanying files).
I have no GIS software, nor any experience with it. What I want to do is to open up these files in graphic format, and convert them to standard image files (jpg, png, whatever), which I can then layer in Photoshop. Is there free software, suitable for a noob, that will do this?
Software I've tried: gvSIG
(can't download the English pack), Shape Viewer
(can't zoom in for details), and ShapeView
(won't actually open file).
Alternatively, if anyone knows of public domain images that are 300 dpi or greater, I would be so fucking grateful. This request is killing me.