My Dear Mr. Duk:
WOW! Actual color! Well done! But how foolish of you to ask "what's next?"
Improve Screen QualityBefore you get too excited, the attached screenshot is NOT a smoothed coastline (quite the reverse). It is, however, an example of a cleaner looking map. My top three recommendations have to do with improving the quality of the display.
A Separate Worldview WindowOnce the display is cleaned up and debugged, my next wish is for the ability to view the entire world at once - the so-called world view. The world view, of course, is simply the same map drawn using, say, 4x3 pixel coordinate blocks without coordinate numbers and with with gridlines every 5 coordinates. It would be nice to display this view in a separate window with the ability to have both windows open at once. This will involve adding extra menu choices.
SmoothingI hope to have a new document on the smoothing algorithm and actual screenshots of a smoothed coastline by next weekend. The attached screenshot shows the shoreline area (in gray) with the initial set of land sparks in red. For my first attempt I am using one spark placed randomly along each edge of a seashore coordinate.
The Tape, Comdex, Etc.I tried to time the tape so that it would land in your box on Saturday, but apparently the postal drones were either too slow or too fast. Either it was confiscated last Friday or will arrive (too late) on Monday. **sigh**
As for Comdex, I am curious about the new Quadra 610 with an onboard 486. You might also look for a monty python-related software release from a company called "The Seventh Level" - supposedly the new Microsoft of the entertainment multimedia world. And anything having to do with Newtons or other PDAs - I may be about to acquire one. Feel free to send daily bulletins!
Yours in haste,