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    Info Using Dia to create dungeon maps

    I used Dia, a diagramming tool, to create the map below.



    It's very easy to use it, to create a map like this one, I used the line and arc tools and I set the "snap to grid" option on the preferences menu. To create a grid, I created a separate layer with the lines in it. The Dia source file for this image is here.

    I have submitted a feature request to their developers asking for the option to print/display the grid be added to preferences menu. If anyone wants to add a comment to that request it would be appreciated.

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    Community Leader Gracious Donor ravells's Avatar
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    Welcome to the boards, Coleony. I've not come across Dia before and must check it out. Enjoy your stay and do check out all the forums. There is probably much in the tutorials sections that can be applied to Dia with a bit of tinkering.

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    Hm! I've also never heard of Dia--so your post is doubly valuable! I can easily see this being nice for quickie maps! Thanks for the display.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravells View Post
    Welcome to the boards, Coleony. I've not come across Dia before and must check it out. Enjoy your stay and do check out all the forums. There is probably much in the tutorials sections that can be applied to Dia with a bit of tinkering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyrandon View Post
    Hm! I've also never heard of Dia--so your post is doubly valuable! I can easily see this being nice for quickie maps! Thanks for the display.

    (And welcome to the Guild!!!)
    Thank you both for the welcome, I appreciate it. If you have any issues with the installation on Windows XP, I can try to help.

    Thanks again...

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    Hi Coleony!

    I had played with Dia but ended moving to Inkscape as it seemed a bit more feature rich to me. Have you ever compared the two?

    -Rob A>

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobA View Post
    Hi Coleony!

    I had played with Dia but ended moving to Inkscape as it seemed a bit more feature rich to me. Have you ever compared the two?

    -Rob A>
    Hi Rob,

    I installed Inkscape and used to create one image, a 3D table. It looks very interesting, specially if you are interested in creating 3D images.

    Dia is more for simple 2D battlemaps (it also supports Hex grids) like the one I posted, nothing 3D. As far as I know, Dia doesn't even have a tool to paint pixels.

    So for city maps or world maps, probably some other tool, like Inkscape, would work better.

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