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    Here are some more.


    Leveller
    http://www.daylongraphics.com/products/leveller/
    Great program for serious application or just fooling around


    ImageSynth2
    http://www.luxology.com/imageSynth/
    Excellent for creating seamless textures from ANY image

    MicroDem
    http://www.usna.edu/Users/oceano/pgu...m/microdem.htm
    Free - useful for opening DEM (Digital Elevation) files

    Texture Maker
    http://www.texturemaker.com/news.php

    Flaming Pear
    http://www.flamingpear.com/products.html
    Photoshop plugins. India ink and Lunar cell are pretty cool

    The heavy weights ...

    Global Mapper
    http://www.globalmapper.com/
    The Daddy ...

    VNS3
    http://3dnature.com/vns3.html
    Excellent! good for ecosystems - massive learning curve but worth it

    CityEngine
    http://www.procedural.com/
    Pain to use ... has some cool features such as importing OSM (Open Street Map) data

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    Many thanks to everyone contributing to the thread, I now have a weeks worth of programs to try out!

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    Ok, I'm also new here but am amazed to see nobody has mentioned Tiled.

    The blurb Says
    Tiled is a general purpose tile map editor, built to be flexible and easy to use. In addition to its own map format, Tiled supports read/write plugins for using it with proprietary map formats or formats used by other editors.
    A list of games created using Tiled can be found HERE and include Platformers, RPGs (both Orthogonal & Isometric perspectives) & Shoot-em-ups.

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    Dungeon Painter Online
    http://pyromancers.com/dungeon-painter-online
    Free online mapping software.
    Plenty of textures and objects,
    layers and groups,
    export to images and PDF,
    map hosting,
    hex and square grid,
    simple file format, etc.

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    Does anyone know an alternative to the "Its Full Of Stars" program?

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    Title: PhotoPlus
    Vendor: Serif
    Web Site: http://www.serif.com/ for current versions
    http://www.freeserifsoftware.com for fully functional older versions
    Type: Raster
    Focus: General
    Platform: Windows
    Price: approx US$ 90. Earlier versions in gradually scaled down prices, down to free!
    ("Starter Version" doesn't say what prior numbered version it equates to, but past practice has approx. 5 year old version for free, and progressively newer ones at incremental add-on cost. Current freeserifsoftware site doesn't show the old numbered versions; their typical marketing has been to offer you the intervening ones at a variety of prices, once you register the freebie. So definitely DO choose to receive promotional info during the registration)
    Description:
    PhotoPlus is a budget end cousin of Adobe Photoshop or the GIMP and a capable alternative to either. Their DrawPlus package has similar old=free, latest=still only moderate cost; as with the Photoshop/Illustrator pair you can do some things easier in one than the other. For example I do text along a curve in DrawPlus, and import the result into PhotoPlus.
    Examples: not stellar ones, but they're what I've got. Please - add better ones!
    10-year-ago free version (5.0 or 5.5 or 6) Haromszek Topo Venda Polar Arc
    6- or 8-year old version (7 or 9) Vrcholce Lucco Hovy Nizny Tybic
    5-year old version 11 (as far as I've bothered to go) Zanannia Basse-Georges
    Newer ... I dunno; Ravells did you ever do a full map in PP?

    Don't assume PhotoPlus can only do what I linked to; those are all my style, with the flat colors and minimized filesize -- I'll warrant the same sort of styles as many CG denizens with a more photographic, classical, or hand-drawn look are just as doable in PhotoPlus as some of the more usual raster tools. Ravells did a review thread a couple of years ago that gives some pros and cons. Anybody know if they've got better cloud filters in X4 or X5? That was a deficiency when Ravells looked at X3.

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    Hi Jb - no, I never did a full map in photoplus. I already had photoshop, and although I bought photoplus to get the Eyecandy filters (they were going incredibly cheap) I found that although it had most of the functionality of photoshop, it struggled with larger file sizes. I use it on my laptop though!

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    Title: Inkscape
    Vendor: Open Source
    Web Site: http://www.inkscape.org/
    Type: Vector
    Focus: General
    Platform: Multiplatform, uses GTK+
    Price: Free
    Description:
    A Free/Open Source vector graphics editor comparable to Corel DRAW, Adobe Photoshop, or Xara Xtreme.
    Examples: The Lands of the Inner Sea, A Planisphere of Her Majesty's Martian Colony, SEI Habitat Loss in the Cowichan River Basin, Solid Geological Map of the Capel Curig, Snowdonia area, Canada.


    Title: ArcGIS Desktop
    Vendor: ESRI
    Web Site: http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/index.html
    Type: Raster/Vector
    Focus: GIS
    Platform: Windows
    Price: 1,500 USD for a Single Use ArcView license, it goes up from there rapidly.
    Description:
    One of the top commercial desktop GISes.
    Examples: Vancouver Island Community Groundwater Mapping Project, SEI Habitat Loss in the Cowichan River Basin, Solid Geological Map of the Capel Curig, Snowdonia area



    Title: QuantumGIS (QGIS)
    Vendor: Open Source Geospatial Foundation
    Web Site: http://www.qgis.org/
    Type: Raster/Vector
    Focus: Desktop GIS
    Platform: Multiplatform, uses QT
    Price: Free
    Description:
    A Free/Open Source desktop GIS.
    Examples: A Planisphere of Her Majesty's Martian Colony, Canada


    Title: GeoServer
    Vendor: Open Source
    Web Site: http://geoserver.org/
    Type: Raster/Vector/Tile
    Focus: OGC Compliant WMS/WFS/WCS server.
    Platform: Java
    Price: Free
    Description:
    A Free/Open Source geospatial information server and the official reference implementation for the OGC standards. In simple terms, it is a program that can provide the data to run a "slippy map" like Google Maps, Bing Maps, etc. It can also provide data to plug into a GIS.
    Examples: Vancouver Island Community Groundwater Mapping Project

    Title: OpenLayers
    Vendor: Open Source
    Web Site: http://openlayers.org/
    Type: Raster/Vector/Tile
    Focus: Web based slippy map.
    Platform: Javascript
    Price: Free
    Description:
    A Free/Open Source web slippymap with support for WMS, WFS, KML, Google, Bing, ArcGIS, and various other data sources.
    Examples: Vancouver Island Community Groundwater Mapping Project, RetroMap



    Title: PostGIS
    Vendor: Refractions Research
    Web Site: http://postgis.refractions.net/
    Type: Vector, Raster in development.
    Focus: GIS layer for the Postgres RDBMS.
    Platform: Postgres
    Price: Free
    Description:
    Adds robust GIS data types to Postgres, including OGC Simple Features for SQL.
    Examples: Vancouver Island Community Groundwater Mapping Project,RetroMap


    Title: uDig
    Vendor: Refractions Research
    Web Site: http://udig.refractions.net/
    Type: Vector, Raster.
    Focus: Desktop GIS
    Platform: Java
    Price: Free
    Description:
    A somewhat simpler desktop GIS written in Java.
    Examples:


    Title: GRASS
    Vendor: Open Source Geospatial Foundation
    Web Site: http://grass.fbk.eu/
    Type: Vector, Raster.
    Focus: GIS
    Platform: Multiplatform, Unix Oriented
    Price: Free
    Description:
    Probably the most advanced, powerful, and flexible Open Source GIS, though the interface is a bit arcane.
    Examples:
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    some body use coreldraw?

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    I used to use CorelDRAW, but I switched to Illustrator a while ago. Not because Illustrator is necessarily better, but because it has more market and I'm more likely to encounter Adobe on the job than Corel.
    Bryan Ray, visual effects artist
    http://www.bryanray.name

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