Hi Stephen, thanks for chiming in, so far I felt a bit like a lone voice
in the wilderness. :) It's nice to see that there are others who see the
need for this and are actually working on related software.
Thanks also for the link to the MappingTools project, this looks very
interesting. I'll have to give this a whirl asap, it looks like it will
be very useful for some things I'm working on.