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

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

    662 54.13%
  • Raster (free) [e.g. GIMP]

    483 39.49%
  • Vector (bought) [e.g. Illustrator, Corel Draw, Xara]

    274 22.40%
  • Vector (free) [e.g. Inkscape]

    235 19.22%
  • Vector (Symbol driven) [e.g. CC, Dunjinni]

    307 25.10%
  • Online Generator [e.g. City Map Generator, Fractal World Generator]

    106 8.67%
  • Fractal Generator [e.g. Fractal Terrains]

    173 14.15%
  • 3d modelling [e.g. Bryce, Vue Infinite, Blender]

    157 12.84%
  • Scanned hand drawn maps

    410 33.52%
  • Drawing Tablet and pen [e.g. Wacom]

    337 27.56%
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Thread: New to Digital Cartography? Software General Information

  1. #251
      Azelor is offline
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    From my experience, photoshop and especially the latest versions handles large file better than CS older version and Gimp. You can adjust to Gimp but it will take some time. Every software has a learning curve.

  2. #252
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    You know, whenever I look at this thread I'm quite surprised by the # of people who scan in handrawn maps.

  3. #253
      GM Smiles is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by Midgardsormr View Post
    And if you do decide to buy, don't forget to use the affiliate link on the front page of this site!
    Talk about thread necromancy! I know that this was posted back in 2009 but I'm considering updating my old CC2 software, and if there is an affiliate link for Profantasy (couldn't find it on the home page of the website), I'd be happy to use it.

    Can anybody fill me in? Is this affiliate programme still running?

  4. #254
      lobex3 is offline
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    Is there a consensus about the best software to use for creating maps, especially maps of building and dungeon interiors?

  5. #255
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    Quote Originally Posted by lobex3 View Post
    Is there a consensus about the best software to use for creating maps, especially maps of building and dungeon interiors?
    Yes. You should use the software that best combines familiarity and flexibility and matches well with your personal workflow. I can't be more specific than that because software that is suitable for a beginner who wants to drop some symbols, text, and lines but will never touch that map again is most likely completely different than software used by a well-practiced and talented pro who is doing a series of maps based on a specific style and setting.

  6. #256
      Hollander is offline
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    Hello everyone, I'm new here!
    My first reply btw.

    I have a problem, I always draw maps, but
    it doesn't look like I want it to.
    When I look at virtual maps made on the computer it looks
    way better, I now have a huge hand-drawn map and I want to remake
    it on the computer, which programm should I use?

    I want it to look like this:

    I want forests to be green on the map etc.
    Also mountains and such should be visible.

    If you have a perfect option for me could you please
    explain me a bit how to install and use it.

  7. #257
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    Hello everyone!
    I use these software:
    DraftSight, which is a free CAD very similar to AutoCAD Light. With this program you can manage dwg and dxf files, also you can use raster images as background.
    Quantum GIS and GRASS GIS, two of the best free GIS.
    Wilbur, my favourite free terrain generator/manager.
    GIMP, no presentation needed, I only should learn better this program.

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