Thousands of shapefile maps can be downloaded for free from the following websites, including country shapefiles, shapefiles at province or state level, and other administrative boundaries maps. The shapefile (or ESRI shapefile) format is a geospatial vector format, and is one of the most commonly used map formats. Free country shapefile maps can be downloaded below, which have already been integrated into StatPlanet. Maps indicated with an asterisk (*) are Flash maps rather than shapefile maps. Please note that not all country versions are using the latest version of StatPlanet Plus. To update the country version to the latest version, please see the update instructions. 1. Once you have downloaded StatPlanet Plus, find the folder 'Shapefile_map' and then go to the sub-folder 'map'. 2. Remove the included example map files, and copy your own shapefiles here. 3. Rename your files (e.g. xxx.shp and xxx.dbf) to map.shp and map.dbf. Only these files are required. 4. Open the StatPlanet_data_editor file. Click on the button 'Setup shapefile' (in the top-left). 5. Select the map.dbf file in the 'map' sub-folder, and follow the instructions. 6. Run StatPlanet.exe or StatPlanet.html to see the results with the included sample data. The font and interface components can be customized through the Excel sheet 'Settings', and the map dimensions can changed by editing StatPlanet.html. The source code for reading the shapefiles is included in the directory SHPreader. It can be compiled to the file SHPreader.swf, which is read by StatPlanet. The code was written by Edwin van Rijkom under the LGPL license, with some additions by Andy Woodruff, and some slight modifications for use in StatPlanet. If you wish to change the names of the map files being read, you can change this in SHPreader.as, and publish it as SHPreader.swf through the file SHPreader.fla. All exported map and graph images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. See also: attribution. Source.