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omnicron
11-14-2009, 12:26 AM
Is there a freeware for Cartography at all? I'm just curious. I don't have a computer at home right now so I use a friends but I don't want to put software on his laptop. Kinda wanting something that might fit on a flash drive or something.

thanks in advance.

Sir Alain
11-14-2009, 01:59 AM
Not for cartography specifically, but lots of people here in the forum use GIMP
http://www.gimp.org/

Some use Paint.net
http://paint.net/

Inkscape is good if you want scalable vector graphics
http://www.inkscape.org/

Autorealm is similar to Campaign Cartographer, it's pretty good too... and FREE!
http://gryc.ws/autorealm.htm

ravells
11-14-2009, 04:53 AM
Welcome back Sir Alain....it's been a very, very long time!!

Redrobes
11-14-2009, 08:15 AM
I second that Ravs - welcome back...

Freeware,

I believe DungeonForge is free, MapTool of course, Wilbur, I have a little terrain gen app (http://www.viewing.ltd.uk/cgi-bin/viewingdale.pl) as well. Lots of options.

Midgardsormr
11-14-2009, 10:29 AM
Gimp can install to and run from a flash drive. Look up portableapps.com. Lots of handy programs that run from a flash drive and require no registry entries.

Sir Alain
11-14-2009, 11:24 PM
Thanks guys! True it has been a while, but rest assured, I do try to keep up with what's going on thru Google Reader. Syndication is GREAT!

I haven't actually tried running any of these apps from a flash drive, but anything that can be run outside Programs/appdata folders in Vista/7 should be able to be run on a flash drive. I have run GIMP this way and it does work..

su_liam
11-15-2009, 12:13 AM
If you really want free cartography software, there's GRASS GIS (http://grass.itc.it/), although that can be a nightmare. Also, there's SAGA GIS (http://www.saga-gis.org/), which is marginally easier to master, but still a bit of a row to hoe.

omnicron
11-15-2009, 09:13 PM
Awesome. Thank you all. I'm gonna see what ones I like and try to download them ASAP so I can start getting used to doing this on a computer. Thanks again!