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Yevin
02-14-2012, 07:40 PM
After much confusion in the past ten minutes.... I have finally found the forums. :roll:

Hello, I'm new here - extremely. I've only been on this site once or twice before for the tutorials I find on google searches. And hopefully I'll get a feel around this place soon.

....and I just went on my email and saw a very convenient link to the forums. Something must be wrong with me today...

I've only very recently started an interest in digital map making, today literally. I do have questions and the one that keeps knocking around in my head is: What programs do you people use?

I did my research, and so far World Machine, Vue and Terragen are popular. There are a few others like that profantasy site - but I don't like the chincy graphics in the demo photos. So, my dear peers and pros in this game, can you give a lead in which programs (listed here or not) you would recommend to someone who wants to do a realistic world map?

lostatsea
02-14-2012, 08:02 PM
Go to the software discussion forum on this site for alot of advice on the ups and downs of various software that can be used for mapping ! Welcome aboard !!

Yevin
02-14-2012, 08:07 PM
All right. Thanks!

Hai-Etlik
02-14-2012, 08:15 PM
I did my research, and so far World Machine, Vue and Terragen are popular. There are a few others like that profantasy site - but I don't like the chincy graphics in the demo photos. So, my dear peers and pros in this game, can you give a lead in which programs (listed here or not) you would recommend to someone who wants to do a realistic world map?

Making a realistic map of a world is much more about having an understanding of geography than any particular software. Physical geography is particularly important, it's a mix of Geology, Climatology, Biology, etc. You'll also want an understanding of geodesy and map projections.

You might want to use a Geographic Information System like QuantumGIS. This is the software used for dealing with geographic information and maps of the real world. I've been writing a thread providing a basic introduction to QuantumGIS here: http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?17469-Some-pointers-for-using-GIS

Yevin
02-14-2012, 09:03 PM
Awesome! Thanks, I'll look into this.