New CD-ROMs offer gazetteer and U.S. maps Way to go: You can search by city, street, intersection, ZIP or area code and then create and print out your own geographic guide.

Two CD-ROMs packed with information of use to travelers are becoming available in computer stores around the nation.

Precision Mapping 2.0 for Windows features a detailed map of the entire continental United States. It includes more than 17 million streets and roads -- virtually every street in the country -- and almost 3 million miles of rivers and streams.


Users can search by city name, street name, address, ZIP code, area code, and latitude and longitude. The program will even search down to the level of a street block or a cross street or intersection.

Once a location has been found, Precision Mapping 2.0 can be used to create a custom, color map that can be exported for use in a word processing program or spreadsheet. The program, produced by Just Softworks of Lemont, Ill., can be used with most printers, so that within seconds the custom map can be ready to use.


Available at Software Etc., Barnes & Noble, Computer City and CompUSA, Precision Mapping 2.0 has a street price of $79 (the full recommended retail price is $119). As a bonus, buyers can choose between two free CD-ROMs: American Business Information's 11 Million Yellow Pages or 70 Million White Page Listings.

To run the program, users will need Microsoft Windows 3.1 or higher (including Windows 95), a 386 or higher IBM-compatible computer, four megabytes of memory, a CD-ROM drive and a mouse.

Almost a companion program is the 1995 Wayzata World Factbook, a multimedia gazetteer compiled from information supplied by the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, the Defense Intelligence Agency and other official sources.

It provides cultural, governmental, economic and demographic profiles of 264 countries, regions and territories. The profiles are enhanced by maps, sound effects, color flags and more than 200 photographs of world landmarks, from the pyramids to the Great Wall of China.

Also included are entry requirements for travel, State Department travel advisories and terrorist group profiles. The 1995 edition, the fifth since 1991, contains eight megabytes of updated data, as well as new photographs and charts.

The program has a street price of about $20 ($25 recommended retail price), operates with any Macintosh, as well as with Windows 3.1 and, according to the manufacturers, Windows 95, and is available from CompUSA or Computer City, or by mail from Wayzata Technology, 21 N.E. Fourth St., Grand Rapids, Minn. 55744; (800) 735-7321.