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    Info Cartography-Related Tools List

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    Hey guys,

    ORBIS <-- Cool travel-map, found this thanks to Maezar
    Fantasy Name Generator <-- For names of places and things
    Colorbrewer: Color Advice for Maps <-- Neat tool to explore, good if you want different countries or boundaries.
    TypeBrewer <-- Typestyle can really affect Maps
    A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods <-- If you need to show information on your map and need a format to do it.
    RANDOM.ORG - Geographic Coordinates <-- Great for brainstorming map places & ideas (more often than not, it’ll be water though)
    http://www.mapcrunch.com/ <-- Random street view, helpful for inspiration especially with modern maps. Also shows cultural differences (architecture) and land differences between geographical location.



    I’m sure theres more (and perhaps there’s already a thread about mapping tools, I searched and didn’t find anything so I went ahead and made one). If you have some favorite tools to share, drop a link!

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    The best maps are the ones we like the most after looking at the longest.

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    Some more stuff:


    Behind the Name: Random Name Generator <-- Another name generator for some variation. Others I looked at were dumb because they were combined phrases, not actual names. (Example: Empire of the Dirty Pelican)
    Flash Earth - Zoom into satellite and aerial imagery of the Earth in Flash <-- Neat alternative to google maps
    NASA World Wind <-- More 3-D google earth stuff, by NASA
    http://bioval.jrc.ec.europa.eu/produ...ing_laness.png <-- Shipping Lanes
    Chaotic Shiny - Language Mixer <-- Language generator


    More when I find them. It's helpful for me to have them all together, hopefully you'll find this list helpful. A lot of the websites that listed tools were way outdated.
    If you’re looking for things to put in maps, check out Bogie’s thread.

    -fm
    The best maps are the ones we like the most after looking at the longest.

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    This looks very cool, a nice idea to do. Centralized lists have always helped me in finding the tools or information I am searching for. One thing to note would be that instead of adding a new comment each time, to instead edit your original post with the new links. Also, as more resources gets added, dividing them into section would be a good idea as well. When I have the time, I'll look through my bookmarks and send you resources I have gathered together that would fit here. Would you like only ones that would work for cartography, or world building in general?

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    Thanks for the comments and likes guys. Sending me links to your favorite online resources would be awesome, and I can compiled them here. I was thinking of organizing things a little, but figured I should wait until I have enough stuff to warrant doing so!

    I know you can edit your post, just want to mark the thread as updated every once in a while. In addition I've got two posts at the top now reserved for list-building. You can PM me with links to your favorite mapping tools or feel free to add them yourself

    -fm
    The best maps are the ones we like the most after looking at the longest.

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