PDA

View Full Version : Sep/Oct Lite Entry - Mapbox



icosahedron
10-04-2009, 02:05 PM
This is a deserted room somewhere out on the Final Frontier, and no wilder frontier is known to humankind.

On the floor is a broken mapbox (a Traveller invention that was wild SciFi in its day, but which we would describe today as a GPS device in a digital photo frame) Use your wildest imagination to figure how it got broken.

The shards of the screen still intermittently display a map of a ruin in the wilderness of some far-flung planet in the wilder reaches of the Orion Arm.

This challenge has got me developing some skills in basic gif animation.
I have ideas for a number of animated maps. Soon this site will be littered with animated starship deckplans with winking lights and operational consoles. Bwahahahar...

Remember, you first saw animated maps here. ;)

Avulsion
10-04-2009, 02:18 PM
That is a fantastic idea! Could you create a simple tutorial on how you accomplished the animation?

Gandwarf
10-04-2009, 02:30 PM
Yeah, great idea. Nice to see the lightning bolt at work ;)

Adanvo
10-04-2009, 03:55 PM
Cool idea! But donīt forget the "Latest WIP"-thing in your post to participate with this map ;-)

icosahedron
10-06-2009, 11:11 AM
That is a fantastic idea! Could you create a simple tutorial on how you accomplished the animation?

Thanks Avulsion.

Done. :)

http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=7371

Enjoy.

icosahedron
10-06-2009, 11:16 AM
Cool idea! But donīt forget the "Latest WIP"-thing in your post to participate with this map ;-)

Thanks.
AFAIK, Redrobes' thumbnail collector is intelligent enough to find the last image without the marker. That just helps if you have multiple images and you've followed your masterpiece with another image.

Redrobes
10-06-2009, 02:33 PM
Yes, ideally you should have a WIP tag but if not then it takes last image in challenge threads and first image in finished maps. Of course, if I post an image then that will be the new WIP thumb for this thread...

Also note, a while back I added support in the scraper to do gif anims so when I finally get around to sorting out the current challenge thumbs then you should have an animated thumb image too.

Redrobes
10-08-2009, 06:39 PM
Drok, it seems the thumbnailer has borked the gif anim. Not a lot I can do about this as its all being done on the CG's ISP now not locally. I bet they have a really old version of Image Magick on there.

ravells
10-08-2009, 06:46 PM
Remember, you first saw animated maps here. ;)

Not quite (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showpost.php?p=7064&postcount=15), my fine friend!! (Although my effort was truly horrible!)

It's looking really good and I'd love to see more animation in our maps. The trade mapping contest in the main comp is just crying out for an animated one.

icosahedron
10-09-2009, 07:00 AM
Not quite (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showpost.php?p=7064&postcount=15), my fine friend!! (Although my effort was truly horrible!)

It's looking really good and I'd love to see more animation in our maps. The trade mapping contest in the main comp is just crying out for an animated one.

Darn! ;)

Oh well, great minds think alike, they say. Looks like it would be a good technique for moving strategic unit markers on a 'course of the battle' map.

The main competition is WAY out of my league. THIS comp is out of my league, it's just good to poke around with new ideas...

Redrobes, no worries about the thumbs. Surely nobody votes from those alone?

Coyotemax
10-09-2009, 08:05 AM
icosahedron: in theory no, but I recall at least one comment on a vote in regards to my map in the last challenge.. "i'd forgotten what it looked like close up, i should have clicked on the thumbnail before voting..."

Personally, I start going through the entries a day or two beforehand, and check out each map in detail, write down observations on each, and then start to narrow it down. yes, I take my voting very seriously :)

Redrobes
10-09-2009, 09:02 AM
...Surely nobody votes from those alone?You would hope so but I fear that people dont follow threads or even look at threads on the final vote. I would imagine that they click through to the map via the thumbs at the very least.

ravells
10-09-2009, 11:21 AM
I've, er...voted from thumbs alone - usually when I'm really pressed for time. In fact I missed a great map (I think it was Coyote's) in doing so which I would have voted for had I seen it 'in large'.

icosahedron
10-10-2009, 04:20 AM
Hmm, ok so I'm too naive and trusting of my fellows' diligence...

I don't go to your lengths, Coyotemax, but I get a gut feeling for the entries having viewed each one at full size.

If I don't have time to look at them properly, I don't vote. I'd rather give a null vote than a wrong vote.

Gidde
10-10-2009, 10:58 AM
I usually open up all of the thumbnails into browser tabs at full res, then look back and forth at them a lot, closing tabs to eliminate, until I have 3 left.