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    Tutorial Using OpenOffice.org Draw To Create Gaming Maps

    Introduction

    I have been planning to introduce my children to the world of desktop gaming for some time now. I want to create my own stories and maps myself so I have been investigating what software will work best for my needs. After trying GIMP, I concluded that I don't have the drawing skills to make that work. Additionally, I want something that will make mapping faster. The software needed to be free and available for any platform.

    I finally took a close look at OpenOffice.org Draw, and after several hours of investigation I believe I have finally learned enough about Draw to make the maps I want.

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    OpenOffice.org Draw on Linux

    Reasons To Chose OpenOffice.org Draw


    Cost – its free and can be downloaded from OpenOffice.org.
    Platform – OpenOffice.org is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.
    Shapes – uses shapes to draw images so the need for drawing talent is minimal.
    Galleries – offers a “gallery” feature that allows you to group and store shapes for quick reuse later.
    Transparency – supports variable transparency on shapes and pictures inserted into a drawing.


    How To Use OpenOffice.org Draw

    Setup The Options

    The first thing I needed to do was set the software options. This is done by going to Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org Draw > Grid. First, I turned on the “Snap to grid” and “Visible grid”. Second, I changed the grid resolution to for both horizontal and vertical to “0.10” of an inch. Third, I changed the “Snap” so it would snap “To the page margins” and “To object points”. I turned off snap “To object frame”.

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    Last edited by UbuntuFan; 06-22-2010 at 08:56 AM. Reason: Improving tutorial

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