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What Is Digitizing?
Digitizing is the process of transforming a paper map into a vector image that can be viewed on your computer.  A vector image is represented by x and y coordinates.   Each vector image becomes a map object that you can edit, move, customize, and attach data to.  Stopwatch Maps can digitize any paper map, aerial photo, or drawing.

Is Digitizing The Same As Scanning?
No.  When you scan a map, you create a raster image.  A raster image is simply a graphic image that is used for display purposes only.  You cannot edit or attach data to it.  Raster images are typically used as backdrops for other map layers.  

Is Digitizing Hard To Do?
Digitizing isn't necessarily difficult, but it is tedious and time-consuming.  The process also requires special equipment and setup so information can be read from the paper map.  Stopwatch Maps has a state-of-the-art facility that can convert your paper map, aerial photo, or drawing into standard electronic mapping file format.  Stopwatch Maps' experienced team of digitizers can perform even the most complicated projects with ease and perfection. 

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