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acctingman
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Map question

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Ok, so I've done a little research about making maps...

Oh....MY....GOD!!!

There are sooooo many map making software out there. I know I can make maps with MapTool and I will for smaller maps, but now I have another question.

Can any map be opened in MapTool, regardless of what software is used to create the map?

Also, can anyone give any recommendations as to what software to use for making LARGE world maps?

Thanks

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Re: Map question

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If the software can export the map as a bit-mapped image (versus vector) then you can load it into MapTool assuming it just isn't too large for the memory allocated.

For world maps you could use the free AutoRealm to get a taste of what commercial programs like Campaign Cartographer and Fractal Mapper are like.

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Re: Map question

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Just export your maps as a jpg or bmp file - that simple!

One thing of note:
I have actually made MASSIVE maps within Maptool. All you need to do is download the images and start dragging them into your map. Use the drawing tools to paint roads and such - you can do it and do it all for free with Maptool. Not only that, you can play on it too. :)

Don't get me wrong though - other dedicated mapping programs are also useful because the can make maps look really pretty. You will have to weigh the differences - pretty but smaller map vs. MASSIVE but not-so-pretty playing area.

If you go to 'Links & External Resources' in our forum here, you will see two threads at the very top that can help point you in the right direction for starting your image collection.

Trust me, once you start making maps and using a Virtual Tabletop like Maptool, you will be collecting images like mad. :)

Links & External Resources:
viewforum.php?f=10
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Re: Map question

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Oh, look for the ISO stuff here (in the outdoors section):
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=806&p=8942#p8942

ISO images are those 3d looking overland images that you use when making overland maps. Having those in your image collection is a must!
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Re: Map question

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Also, check out:
http://cartographersguild.com

They are your key to making the best world maps ever. They can also suggest what tools to use.
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Re: Map question

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Is there a tutorial for making a world map somewhere here or possibly another site?

THanks everyone!

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acctingman wrote:Is there a tutorial for making a world map somewhere here or possibly another site?

THanks everyone!

Yes, check out http://cartographersguild.com
There are lots of tutorials, hints and tips there.

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Re: Map question

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acctingman wrote:Is there a tutorial for making a world map somewhere here or possibly another site?

THanks everyone!


Also
http://www.giantitp.com/articles/xO3dVM ... xmVoG.html
Focuses on making 'realistic' geography and political boundraries, and the whys and wherefores thereof. (Part 6 of a series of articles on making a complete, believable world)

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