There is no McIDAS map outline file of French departments. If GEMPAK has one, the ASCII version of that file can be converted to McIDAS map outline format using the MAKEMAP command included in Unidata McIDAS.
Ok, I will try to create them. I already have the GMT (Generic Mapping Tool) version. I will try to convert it to GEMPAK SSF map file formta.
>I am using IMGDISP with PROJ=SAT (I use a magnification).
I think you mean that you display the image using IMGDISP with a MAG= keyword to blowup the display, and then display a MAP specifying the PRO=SAT keyword (IMGDISP does not support a PRO= keyword).
The map outline file selected when running 'MAP SAT' or 'MAP PRO=SAT' contains only world coastal outlines.
>Is it possible to have at least political boundaries?
Yes. All you need to do is tell MAP to plot political boundaries:
IMGDISP ... MAP SAT MAP POLI PRO=SAT
You can tell a single invocation of MAP to plot outlines from more than one file through use of the FILE= keyword:
ERASE IMGDISP ... MAP FILE=OUTLSUPW OUTLHPOL
On top of that, you can easily control the color levels the map parts are plotted in:
ERASE IMGDISP ... MAP FILE=OUTLSUPW OUTLHPOL MCOLOR=1 3
Thanks again for these nice tips! It is appreciated,
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