View Poll Results: What mapping software do you use? (multi select enabled)

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  • Raster (bought) [e.g. Photoshop, PaintShopPro, Painter]

    654 54.18%
  • Raster (free) [e.g. GIMP]

    479 39.69%
  • Vector (bought) [e.g. Illustrator, Corel Draw, Xara]

    272 22.54%
  • Vector (free) [e.g. Inkscape]

    233 19.30%
  • Vector (Symbol driven) [e.g. CC, Dunjinni]

    306 25.35%
  • Online Generator [e.g. City Map Generator, Fractal World Generator]

    105 8.70%
  • Fractal Generator [e.g. Fractal Terrains]

    170 14.08%
  • 3d modelling [e.g. Bryce, Vue Infinite, Blender]

    157 13.01%
  • Scanned hand drawn maps

    402 33.31%
  • Drawing Tablet and pen [e.g. Wacom]

    333 27.59%
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Thread: New to Digital Cartography? Software General Information

  1. #211
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    It's not really easy to use GIS software because they are not as flexible as a vectorial or bitmap drawing would do. At the moment I'm looking how to use JOSM to create my map (don't really know if JOSM can be considered GIS software), and render it with tools designed for OpenStreetMap. I've posted a sample of what I did there: http://www.cartographersguild.com/sh...d-without-name

    I'd be curious to see what can be achieved with QGIS.

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    I am new here on the forum & looking for recommendation of software which can do aerial image stitching with geo referencing along with it, I tried Map Cruncher but found that it needs all 31000 images anchored & it does not stitch instead it tiles them correctly whereas I need 1 large image from the 31000 images.

    I have video footage from which I have extracted jpeg frames (total 31000 frames)


    I have the following question if any experienced cartography expert can answer them.

    1. Is there a software which can do image stitching with few anchored images lets say I geo reference(anchor)1000 images out of 31000 frames, will all the images stitch around the anchored images correctly?

    2.When I stitch the images rows the straight flight path appears curved, I don't know why the conventional stitching program are making it curved, Any reason for that?
    New to Digital Cartography? Software General Information-2011-08-24_175630.jpg
    I hope you can advice me the right software to do such large stitch & geo reference it correctly.
    Last edited by pujarir; 08-24-2011 at 11:11 AM.

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    Because it's mapped to a sphere? If your images were centered on the equator, then that would be the only place it would be perfectly "straight". Unfortunately, I can't recomend any specific software. Google Earth does some of this type of stuff... but I have no idea if it can do everything you are looking for or not.
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    Hi pujarir,

    Although we have some people here who do GIS type work, most of us draw maps of imaginary places so we don't come across issues like this. While you might get an answer here, I suggest that you also post your query on www.cartotalk.com which is a bbs for professional 'real world' cartographers who might be able to help.

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    If your photographs are systematic - all the same size and all the same distance apart - you could create the world files - that hold the georeferencing information - automatically.
    I am a geology nerd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfrazierjr View Post
    Because it's mapped to a sphere? If your images were centered on the equator, then that would be the only place it would be perfectly "straight".
    I thought so but wanted to confirm the same to be the only reason for this curve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravells View Post
    Hi pujarir,
    I suggest that you also post your query on www.cartotalk.com which is a bbs for professional 'real world' cartographers who might be able to help.
    Thanks I will post there now hope some software can do such thing.

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    I also use Pro Fantasy 's CC3 and packages, and have NBOS's Fractal Mapper and astrosynth but I haven't used them in a while

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    Just wanted to drop by and leave my s/w of choice, so far I've been using GIMP to make some dungeon maps, using torstan's tutorial, I have played a little with my friend's CC3, which seems awesome to make overland maps. Reading the forum so far I've been thinking of trying out Inkscape some time soon.

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    I've been using Seashore, sort of a stripped down GIMP for MacOS. It's quite a bit simpler than a full version of GIMP but not well-supported anymore. It's the tool I've been using to teach myself the very basics and crank out a handful of simple maps for gaming.

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