Same hardware, but no problem
Strange, but I have pretty much the same hardware... 2 GB RAM, 600 GB harddrive... almost all of my maps are in the 18 x 24 if not 24 x 36 dimension. In Xara all the work quantified at 96 ppi at creation, it only becomes 300 dpi when I export the final.
Originally Posted by jfrazierjr
I guess since Xara is a vector app, far less memory is chewed up in the making of the map. Final map then is exported to finally create a huge file.
Making a 36 x 48 map at 300 dpi is easy for me.
I knew that PS was a memory hog, I didn't realize GIMP was as well.
Regarding layers, sometimes I cheat...
When I say, Xara isn't a memory hog, I have to clarify, that some effects placed in layers upon layers, does get memory intensive. Often I cheat, by taking the most memory hogging layers, and export that portion as a transparent PNG (multiple layers selected), delete the actual layers then import the converted layers to place on the map.
Its smart to keep the pieces as a separate file, in case you need to go back and make some changes. Cheating is often a part of the creation process to make things work more smoothly.
Shipping to Canada from US is not expensive
I've shipped maps to Canada via US Mail and UPS, both relatively inexpensive, in the $10 USD range. I ship maps in a mailing tube. I've got regular clients in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnepeg.
Originally Posted by Sigurd
Just so you know, I charge $2.99 per square foot for color printing, thus a 24 x 36 map is priced at $17.94 per map. ($4.50 more for lamination.)
Regarding uploading files, I can create a temporary FTP directory allowing you to FTP upload, give you a temp password. Or you can find any of several sites dedicated to temporary upload and storage of files for online access. Both ways work fine.
For the challenge, if there is one using this, I'd say upload a lower res version for posting and voting, or an extremely compact JPG version at 300 dpi. Be sure to have the ability to export at the preferred resolution and dimensions for the map, if you win.
Even though I suggested 300 dpi...
Even though I suggested 300 dpi for the map resolution. It really depends on how small your smallest text and or lineart objects are, as you could get away with and quite successfully staying at 200 dpi or even 150 dpi. It really depends on your map and what's on it.
Another thing mentioned earlier in this thread. Once you've got your layers placed on the map - flatten the image or export portions of your map as individual PNG/JPG/TIF files then composite the whole thing.
A flattened, layered map should be significantly smaller than 200 MB.
I deal with lots of maps at 300 dpi/24 x 36 that is less than 100 MB - it depends on how you save it, flatten, etc. Seriously consider a compressed JPG file as your final map for lowest, but still high quality, resolution.
I am sure there will be other restriction...
I am sure there will be other restrictions - I haven't the authority to make them, as I am not a community leader or admin, the true decision makers here. In fact, last month's War map was supposed to be the Printed map contest, however, Arcana needed to make certain changes to uploading parts of the forum to enable this, yet was out of town on business, so we couldn't do it for last month.
I am sure there will be some kind of theme yet to be determined. So yeah, there will probably be a few more restrictions, so don't go hog-wild yet.
And Hoel, nice to know you're from Sweden, didn't know that. Anna, another member is a master cartographer with her Greyhawk map series. She's from Sweden as well.