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Thread: Good program for modern day/future map making?

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    Default Good program for modern day/future map making?

    I am currently running a d20 modern/future campaign, and I am doing it with no maps. I play via skype because all my old DnD buddies live in NY while I had to move to GA for work. I have only held about 4 sessions in which only one large battle has taken place. I had to describe in painstaking detail for me so the players had an idea on how things were laid out and their positions in reference to key pieces/ enemies.

    I have just purchased Fantasy grounds with the d20 modern modules and would like to try avoiding spending to much more on trying to set up for this campaign, so Id prefer a free program if there is one. Thanks in advance for all the help.

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    Have you tried GIMP? If that's still too much work I'd recommend you check out djunjinni (might've spelt that wrong) not a free program but it should meet whatever need you got, map wise.

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    If you want a textured battlemat style, then I concur with the Gimp recommendation.

    If you want a more schematic-type or modern map look, try Inkscape. It's an open source vector program similar to Adobe Illustrator.
    Bryan Ray, visual effects artist

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    For simple maps you might even consider TeX. It's a typesetting application, but it does allow you to produce procedural results, meaning you could construct maps from algorithms and/or random maps.

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    Ah, Inkscape. I've been looking for something like that for quite some time now. Thanks!

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    I use Xara Designer Pro 9, though Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9 is a much less expensive app ($89) that can everything for maps the flagship product does (and it does a lot more than maps, web design and more...) I use Xara to create all my maps, map objects, page layouts for RPG publications creating print ready PDF files for big printing houses to produce from. Of course I create hand-drawn/digital hybrids and completely photo-realistic maps (2 very different styles) with the same application, including futuristic maps, starship deck plans and more. Its not free like GIMP or Inkscape, but very powerful with features that neither of those Open Source applications can do or match. I prefer it to all other software, and as a graphic designer I am very familiar with Photoshop, Illustrator, GIMP, and many other applications I use on a daily basis in my studio/print shop. Xara is a vector program like Inkscape.

    Here's a sci-fi map design I created not long ago with the finished product posted in the Finished Maps forum - Space Marine Planetary Dropship deck plan using Xara... link here

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