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Hidden Asbestos
06-17-2013, 11:58 AM
Hi, my name is David Walters I'm an independent game and software developer from the UK.

I've recently released a program called Grid Cartographer. I developed it originally as a mapping tool for cRPG games such as Wizardry and Might and Magic. It has been well received by the RPG community with a number of features being added after it's initial release. I'm now starting to look beyond that audience and into the broader realm of map making - making good strides towards that with the recent addition of custom tiles and exporting maps to image files.

I'm posting here as it may be of some interest to those of you who wish to develop maps in a grid and tile based manner. Perhaps to rapidly block out low resolution maps (in comparison to some of the beautiful illustrations I've seen on this forum) for your own computer or tabletop role playing game.

Anyway, here is a link: Grid Cartographer | David Walters Development (http://www.davidwaltersdevelopment.com/tools/gridcart/)

There's a free version and also cheap pro edition upgrade if you find the program useful, wish to take advantage of the advanced features or you simply want to support the project.

I'm very keen to get feedback on my software and thanks to everyone who give it a try!

edit: Here's an example of the sort of thing you can make with it:


06-23-2013, 10:26 AM
I've been using the Pro version for a few days now. "Thanks" is such a small word for developing a functional, easy to use and tremendously useful piece of software.

But, thanks.

I finally got around to registering on the Guild to say that.

Hidden Asbestos
07-19-2013, 06:22 PM
Hey everyone, it's been quite a while since I posted here but I've just released v1.3.8 of Grid Cartographer.

Grab the update / free edition here: Grid Cartographer | David Walters Development (http://www.davidwaltersdevelopment.com/tools/gridcart/)

Here's the full list of changes:

* ADDED: New 'start' screen with quick access to recent files and new map type selection.
* ADDED: 30 x 30 major grid lines setting for The Bard's Tale.
* ADDED: Per-map file saving of block-based / edge-based setting. To make switching games easier.

* PRO: Rotate and Flip actions (and keyboard shortcuts) now work when pasting and moving regions.
* PRO: Rotate and Flip actions are context sensitive - if you have dragged out a selection then only that region will be affected.

* CHANGED: The fill area tool now keeps the selection active, allowing you to drag it around and quickly paint several areas.

Hope you like the improvements :)

Hidden Asbestos
08-19-2013, 05:28 AM
v1.4.0 released!

Here's a link: Grid Cartographer | David Walters Development (http://www.davidwaltersdevelopment.com/tools/gridcart/)

Change Log:

* CHANGED: Border tool renamed 'Stroke'.
* CHANGED: Tweaked wording of 'remove custom tile set' option.
* CHANGED: Improved wording of exit with unsaved changes message.

* ADDED: Close button on brush selection menu.
* ADDED: Stroke toolbar icon.

* FIXED: Limit grid and top-left origin modes didn't work together.
* FIXED: Create border (CTRL+B) and top-left origin mode didn't work together
* FIXED: The 'Simple block' brush was showing in colour on the toolbar.
* FIXED: Some Windows message box icons were wrong.

08-19-2013, 12:05 PM
hey my antivirus tells me that these page contain malware !?
Nice dungeon map by the way.

Hidden Asbestos
08-19-2013, 12:21 PM
hey my antivirus tells me that these page contain malware !?
Nice dungeon map by the way.
The page? not the download? That's strange.

I'm pretty sure it's a false alarm as I've not had this reported by anyone else. Not sure what I can do about that, thanks for taking the time to let me know though, I'll look out for more reports. What antivirus software is this BTW? Maybe it doesn't like that I haven't paid to 'sign' the EXE?

Thanks for the complement on the map :-) Here's another one, this is from Wizardry 6 - imgur: the simple image sharer (http://imgur.com/O8fGTbM)

edit: I uploaded the installer here and it seemed to pass all the tests: https://www.virustotal.com/uk/file/214aa1af9672a7da3ee191dc1522e3a174086ea4ebec6ac275 2c170d369af413/analysis/1376929714/

08-19-2013, 12:49 PM
I have Bitdefender, I usually trust him but I do have problems with him from time to time. He is zealous.

Hidden Asbestos
09-11-2013, 10:57 AM
Grid Cartographer Touch (http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.davidwaltersdevelopment.android.gri dcart.pro) is now available for Android devices from the Google Play store.

09-13-2013, 02:42 PM
Indeed it's, easy to use. Nice software.

Hidden Asbestos
09-19-2013, 05:36 AM
Here's a sneak peek of an upcoming feature for Grid Cartographer: Labels


I've extended the note tool with an option to create labels that are visible directly on the map.

There's still a bit of work left to do in finishing porting this feature over to Android as well as adding labels to the map image export, but it shouldn't be too much longer before it's ready.

Hidden Asbestos
09-20-2013, 06:27 AM
Grid Cartographer v1.4.2 now available: Grid Cartographer | David Walters Development (http://www.davidwaltersdevelopment.com/tools/gridcart/) Enjoy!


* PRO: Note editing toolbar.
* PRO: Map Labels. Toggle a note into a label with the 'label' option on the note toolbar.
* PRO: Added Close button to the note toolbar as a mouse based alternative to <ESC>
* PRO: Map labels added to export (if View > Labels is enabled).

* ADDED: View minor grid lines toggle.
* ADDED: Click outside of the start / new-map dialog to dismiss it.
* ADDED: 'Eraser' text label on toolbar.
* ADDED: Additional information, when importing, about how custom tiles are divided into full color and tinted monochrome.
* ADDED: Help text information about Ctrl+<Return> shortcut to quickly add multiple notes.

* CHANGED: Theme change and zoom in/out now allowed during note editing.

* FIXED: Stroke option on toolbar now only works with a valid marked area. Edit > Stroke menu unaffected.
* FIXED: Excessive blurring on VDU theme.
* FIXED: Undo to before a custom tile set was imported now clears any selected custom tile from the ground brush.
* FIXED: Not absorbing clicks on the toolbar in note mode - causing the note cursor to move.

10-05-2013, 10:47 PM
I see you have and android version...
Is there an i-version in the works?

Hidden Asbestos
10-07-2013, 04:16 AM
I see you have and android version...
Is there an i-version in the works?
Hi, thanks for enquiring. Sadly there is no iOS port in development right now. I'd love to make one in the future but as of right now I don't have any of the necessary equipment. I'll post back here if the situation changes.

Hidden Asbestos
10-27-2013, 02:22 PM
I've just released the first Linux Beta of Grid Cartographer.

Right now you can grab a copy from my forum here:
David Walters Development ? View topic - Linux Beta (http://www.davidwaltersdevelopment.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=728)

I'll put it on a more general release once it's been tested a bit more.

Hidden Asbestos
12-06-2013, 08:51 AM
Update v1.4.5 of Grid Cartographer is now available for Windows and Linux. ( Grid Cartographer | David Walters Development (http://www.davidwaltersdevelopment.com/tools/gridcart/) )

The main changes are:
* Fixed a major problem exporting images using custom tiles.
* Rewrite of the note editor text box to allow for selections, clipboard (Windows only) and double-click to select words.

- Enjoy!

Hidden Asbestos
01-07-2014, 12:44 PM
Hi everyone, I've just released v1.4.7.

Link: Grid Cartographer | David Walters Development (http://www.davidwaltersdevelopment.com/tools/gridcart/)

Change Log:

* FIXED: Notes becoming detached from tiles when rotating a selection.
* FIXED: Start dialog is now dismissed if loading a map from the command line.
* FIXED: Drawing a custom tile over a block based door would create new walls.
* FIXED: Not reseting ground brush when loading new file, potentially leaving an invalid custom brush setting.
* FIXED: Rotation and Flip menu commands causing the move/paste mode to stop.
* LINUX: Fixed bug where menu entries may not be correctly disabled.

v1.4.6 changes:

* PRO: Added 'blue on white' premium theme.
* CHANGED: Tweaked the other themes a little.

* FIXED: Errors with edge walls when rotating.
* FIXED: Rotating or flipping any type of one-way door now correctly preserves direction.
* FIXED: Clearing a marked area adjacent to a block based door may have deleted it.
* FIXED: Cut or Copying from a marked area adjacent to a block based door may have included it.

- Enjoy :)