I have some great data for all of the counties in ten states. I would love to map it, but I have software issues. I only have ArcExplorer, which does not allow the user to append data to a table. If I open the database in Excel or Access to make the changes, saving it removes the association with the shapefile so that the table is unavailable. I have an alternative of shading a map of US counties using Corel or Illustrator. In fact, I would prefer to do this, but I do not have a map of US counties in the correct format. A gif, jpg, tiff, or any other bitmap will not work, as it does not allow me to select and shade individual counties. So here are my thoughts:
1. Is there a shareware utility that would allow me to create the data file in Excel and import it to associate it with the Arc shapefile?
2. Is there a shareware GIS with US county geography that will allow me to create a data table to display my information?
3. Is there a Corel or Illustrator file of the US with counties?
4. Does the Throbbing Brain have any other ideas for me?