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    Info List of Mapping Software

    I've decided to formalize the discussion of software programs, and am starting this sticky thread. Please feel to reply with additions and corrections and I will keep updating the initial post. Eventually, this may become "The Big List of Mapping Software" or even "The Ultimate List of Mapping Software", but we all have to start somewhere

    Please help by adding on posts in the following format. The categories are suggestions, feel free to suggest new ones:

    Title: XYZ Software
    Vendor: XYZ Corp
    Web Site: http://www.somecorp.com/
    Type: Raster/Vector/Tile Based
    Focus: General/Mapping/Fractal/3D
    Platform: Windows/Mac/Linux/Web Based
    Price: $USD
    Description:
    Short description, usually from the vendor, though Wikipedia often has good summaries.
    Examples:
    Links to posts with sample maps using this program. Hopefully posted here, but off site links are OK too. These should be representative of the program's capability. If anyone comes up with better examples, suggest away!

    I'm starting by seeding this list with a few, but hope the community will pitch in and do the heavy lifting by adding/correcting. I'll move additions and changes into the list and delete your post unless you indicate Do Not Delete in your post. I'm trying to keep reviews and editorials out of this (at this point at any rate...) Initially, this list will be alphabetical.
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    Post The CG List of Mapping Software:

    The CG List of Mapping Software:

    Title: AutoREALM
    Vendor: Open Source
    Web Site: http://autorealm.sourceforge.net/index.php
    Type: Vector
    Focus: Mapping
    Platform: Windows/Linux(under wine)
    Price: Free
    Description:
    AutoREALM is a Free GNU mapping software (a "cartographer") that can design maps of castles, cities, dungeons and more. AutoREALM is generally used by Role-playing Game practicants who enjoy doing their own maps.
    Examples:
    Website Gallery

    Title: Campaign Cartographer 3
    Vendor: ProFantasy Software
    Web Site: http://www.profantasy.com/products/cc3.asp
    Type: Vector
    Focus: Mapping
    Platform: Windows
    Price: $44.95+USD (MSRP)
    Description:
    Designed to draw maps for role playing and miniature war games. The cad engine is based on FastCAD, although most of code is written by the publishers. It includes a variety of add-ons (purchased separately or in bundles) for different genres, including fantasy, modern and science fiction.
    Examples:
    Vendor Gallery

    Title: Drawplus X4
    Vendor: Serif
    Web Site: http://www.serif.com/drawplus/
    Type: Vector
    Focus: General
    Platform: Windows
    Price: £79 (approx US$ 150). Earlier versions in gradually scaled down prices (Drawplus 4 is a free download)
    Description:
    Drawplus is a budget end version of Adobe Illustrator and a popular alternative to it. Serif pride themselves on ease of use and Drawplus excels at this. The serif community forum is helpful if you run into any problems.
    Examples:
    Deckplan, Map

    Title: Dundjinni
    Vendor: Dundjinni
    Web Site: http://www.dundjinni.com/
    Type: Raster
    Focus: Mapping
    Platform: Windows/Mac
    Price: $39.95+USD (MSRP)
    Description:
    a full-featured fantasy map creation program. It allows users to create walls and floors, place objects, insert text, and more. It boasts an intuitive interface and an impressive selection of objects and textures. Additional object/texture packs are also available for purchase. There is a large active user community exchanging artwork.
    Examples:
    Vendor Gallery

    Title: Dungeon Crafter 3
    Vendor: Shard Games
    Web Site:
    Code:
    http://www.dungeoncrafter3.com/
    Type: Raster/Tile Based
    Focus: Mapping
    Platform: Windows
    Price: Free
    Description:
    It is easy to create your own Floors, Objects and Walls for Dungeon Crafter III and share them with the large user community in the Dungeon Crafter III forums. Four different drawing layers, 72x72 pixel Floor tiles allowing for more detail, Four different zoom levels Alpha graphics support, Adjustable shadows for Walls and Objects
    Examples:
    Website Gallery

    Title: Dungeonforge
    Vendor: None
    Web Site: http://www.dungeonmapping.com/df/public_html/
    Type: Raster/Tile Based
    Focus: Mapping
    Platform: Windows
    Price: Free (website registration required to download)
    Description:
    An easy-to-use map creation program for Role Playing Games. Can use any PNG, JPG, BMP art. Multiple layers, Cell size range from 20x20 to 512x512, Maximum world size 1200x1200 cells.
    Examples:
    Monestary Battlemap

    Title: Fractal Mapper 8
    Vendor: NBOS Software
    Web Site: http://www.nbos.com/products/mapper/mapper.htm
    Type: Vector
    Focus: Fractal
    Platform: Windows
    Price: ????
    Description:
    Features a fast vector graphics engine optimized for fantasy map making. Objects can be individually selected and modified-rotation to any angle, resizing, reshaping, scaled lines, bitmap pattern fills, and variable levels of transparency. In addition, FM features a powerful zooming capability that lets you fill in small map details on continental or even planet-wide maps.
    Examples:
    Vendor Gallery

    Title: Fractal Terrains Pro
    Vendor: Profantasy Software LTD
    Web Site: http://www.profantasy.com/products/ft.asp
    Type: Raster
    Focus: Fractal
    Platform: Windows
    Price:
    Description:
    Fractal Terrains Pro is ProFantasy's fractal world-generating program. FT Pro lets you create maps using either fractal algorithms, real world data, or from scratch. FT Pro includes height, climate temperature and rainfall information, all of which can be edited. You can add rivers, craters or paint your own climates to customize your world. View your maps in a variety of projections and color schemes and export any view to CC2. Export into JPEG, BMP, VRML, linked HTML, and Spin View. Extensive real world and Mars data is included.
    Examples:
    http://www.profantasy.com/library/de...roduct=FT&Eg=Y

    Title: GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Program)
    Vendor: Open Source
    Web Site: http://www.gimp.org/
    Type: Raster
    Focus: General
    Platform: Windows/Mac/Linux
    Price: Free
    Description:
    A freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
    Examples:
    Monestary,Overland,Regional

    Title: Heavy Metal Map
    Vendor: RCW Enterprises
    Web Site: http://www.heavymetalpro.com
    Type: Hex Tiles/Symbols
    Focus: Mapping
    Platform: Windows
    Price: $27 USD
    Description:
    Hex based tile mapping program optimized for use in sci-fi mapping, expecially for use in Classic Battle Tech with mechwarriors, incorporates CBT rules sets and tables for use in gaming.
    Examples:

    Title: Heavy Metal Map
    Vendor: RCW Enterprises
    Web Site: http://www.heavymetalpro.com
    Type: Hex Tiles/Symbols
    Focus: Mapping
    Platform: Windows
    Price: $27 USD
    Description:
    a Hex based tile mapping program optimized for use in sci-fi mapping, expecially for use in Classic Battle Tech with mechwarriors, incorporates CBT rules sets and tables for use in gaming.
    Examples:
    (don't have any or know of any, contacted company for this...)

    Title: Illustrator CS3 (Adobe Illustrator Creative Suite 3)
    Vendor: Adobe
    Web Site: http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator/
    Type: Vector
    Focus: General
    Platform: Windows/Mac
    Price: $599USD (MSRP)
    Description:
    A vector based drawing program that can be used to create sophisticated artwork for virtually any medium. Industry-standard drawing tools, flexible color controls, and professional type controls help you capture your ideas and experiment freely.
    Examples:
    Pirate Lair

    Title: MapX
    Vendor: None
    Web Site: http://www.dungeonmapping.com/df/public_html/
    Type: Raster
    Focus: Mapping
    Platform: Windows
    Price: Free (website registration required to download)
    Description:
    Was actually the precursor to Dungeonforge. Any size tiles. Supports polygonal rooms, including angled, curved and fractal walls. Also hex grids. It also supports the tile mode that Dungeonforge has.
    Examples:
    Village,Classic Keep,Classic Tomb

    Title: Nendo 4.1
    Vendor: Izware (formerly Nichimen)
    Web Site: http://www.izware.com
    Type: Modeler
    Focus: 3D
    Platform: Windows
    Price: $49 USD
    Description:
    a subdivisional surface modeler for 3D, one of the fastest s-d surface modelers available, the modeler application from within Mirai, able to export to most 3D formats, for the creation of 3D map objects to be rendered in standard 3D applications and export to PNG format.
    Examples:
    created the onion domes in October Challenge - Temple Transformation
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    The CG List of Mapping Software (continued):

    Title: PD Particles
    Vendor: Project Dogwaffle
    Web Site: http://www.thebest3d.com/pdp/
    Type: Partical Based (Raster)
    Focus: General
    Platform: Windows
    Price: $19 USD
    Description:
    particle based paint system called Optipustics, natural FX brushes used to create realistic plant life for use a map-objects in most mapping applications. Uses alpha channels, varying degrees of transparency, includes: mass, gravity, splits, follow mouse, alpha and fades. Can be used as a standalone paint program.
    Examples:
    (PD Particle tutorial in software discussion category)

    Title: RPGMapMaker
    Vendor: Francois Menneteau
    Web Site: http://fmteau.club.fr/rpgmapmaker/rpgmapmaker.htm
    Type: Raster/Tile Based
    Focus: Mapping
    Platform: Mac
    Price: $37,- (through KAGI)
    Description:
    RPGMapMaker is a tool for drawing maps with polygonal grids. This kind of maps is used in Role Playing Games, but of course can be designed for any other purposes.
    Examples:
    http://www.cartographersguild.com/at...6&d=1205348942

    Title: ViewingDale
    Vendor: Viewing Ltd
    Web Site: http://www.viewingdale.com
    Type: Raster/Symbols
    Focus: Mapping
    Platform: Windows
    Price: £25 boxed, includes worldwide P&P. (~ $49USD)
    Description:
    ViewingDale is a mapping program, zoom browser for maps and VTT. It maps at no fixed scale meaning that you can have multiple icons or maps on screen at all different scales / resolutions. Grids in square and hex. Maps are created by placing clip-art/images within the map environment handling opaque, cut out and semi transparent icons with grouping
    Examples:
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    Title: Xtreme 3.2
    Vendor: Xara LTD / Magix AG
    Web Site: http://www.xara.com
    Type: Hybrid Raster/Vector
    Focus: General
    Platform: Windows/Linux
    Price: $79 USD / Free Linux version
    Description:
    This unique hybrid raster/vector application is built on a very fast rendering engine, one of the few apps allowing you to perform post-edits on objects with special effects already applied, powerful transparency, edge feathering, beveling and drop shadows with add-on photoshop plug-ins. Animation and web graphics features round out this all-purpose DTP application.
    Examples:
    January Challenge - a thousand welcomes, October Challenge - Temple Transformation

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    Title: planetgenesis
    Vendor: Open source(David Burnett, Did Datta, Colin Paddock(?))
    Web Site: http://planetgenesis.sourceforge.net
    Type: Raster Based
    Focus: Fractal
    Platform: java(works on Mac, Windows and presumably Linux)
    Price: $0.00 USD
    Description:
    A noise engine based around a node interface. It has a wide selection of noises including fractals and multifractals(built on straight, ridged and billowy perlin or perlin simplex basis functions), worley noises(a variety of voronoi-based noises), fault noise, and a variety of terrain features and gradients.These can be modified with a number of functions such as absolute, clamp, craterize, scale, sine, logarithm, mask(a threshold function), and even a really disfunctional and slow erosion. These can also be combined using simple arithmetic, exponentiation and a number of distortion methods.
    It outputs planar landscapes or spherical planets as 16-bit png or sgi images, povray meshes(slowly), terragen files and YAFRAY landscape meshes.

    Examples:
    Just about every map by su_liam has some pG in it somewhere, but here is a specific example.

    Title: Terraform
    Vendor: Open source(Robert Gasch and David Bartold)
    Web Site: http://www.firedrake.org/terraform/
    Type: Raster Based
    Focus: Mapping/Fractal/3D
    Platform: X-Windows(works on Mac and, I believe Windows)
    Price: free
    Description:
    Terraform is an open source interactive height field generation and manipulation program, giving you the ability to generate random terrain and transform it. Terraform runs under Linux and other UNIX systems under the X11 Windowing system. It uses the GNOME desktop platform and thus has a (more or less) consistent graphical user interface which doesn't require use of the command line.
    Terraform allows you to generate random terrain using a number of algorithms and then selectiveley change the terrain using a variety of transformations. Where possible, the transformations provide a real-time preview, giving you instant feedback on the effect of any parameter changes.

    Examples:
    None Yet.

    Title: YeOldeMapMaker
    Vendor: ThinkingImpairedStudios
    Web Site: http://www.yeoldemapmaker.com/
    Type: Tile Based
    Focus: Mapping
    Platform: Web Based - Flash App. Flash version 8 required
    Price: FREE!
    Description:
    -Design grid-based (DnD style) RPG maps using premade walls and objects
    -Print maps for free directly from your browser. (Maps span two 8.5"x11" sheets of paper)
    -Save maps privately or publicly to your account for later use (Free to signup)
    -In a rush? Load a public map, edit it to your needs, and print it in a snap
    -Public maps can also be saved as new maps under your own account!

    Examples:
    Check out one of the many public maps from the site!

    Title: Wilbur
    Vendor: Slayton Software
    Web Site: http://www.ridgenet.net/~jslayton/software.html
    Type: Raster
    Focus: Terrain / Height field
    Platform: Windows XP or later; 64-bit version available
    Price: $0
    Description:
    It allows an individual to play with terrain data (height fields). It can import data from and export data to many popular file formats. In addition, it allows the data to be modified with a number of image processing operations as well as height field painting tools.
    Examples:
    http://www.ridgenet.net/~jslayton/Fu...ol1/index.html
    http://www.ridgenet.net/~jslayton/Fu...ol2/index.html
    http://www.ridgenet.net/~jslayton/Fu...ol3/index.html

    Title: Relief Map Generator
    Vendor: Greenfish
    Web Site: http://greenfish.extra.hu/downloads.php
    Type: Fractal
    Focus: Terrain Maps
    Platform: Windows
    Price: 0$ - FREE
    Description:This utility generates random images which resemble real relief maps. The randomized maps contain settlements with random names, hills, plains, lakes and seasides. The program can generate random town names (which are fictious and do not exist anywhere), or pick them randomly from a provided text file. The generated images are public domain and can be used anywhere.
    Examples:
    http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/9051/harta1.jpg

    Title: It's full of Stars
    Vendor: Claus Børnich
    Web Site: http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaver...sweb/index.htm
    Type: who knows
    Focus: Star System maps
    Platform: Windows
    Price: 0$ - FREE
    Description: (From the website) It's Full of Stars is a utility program for creating star maps and solar systems. Using 3D graphics it displays both starmaps and the solar systems with planets and moons in orbit around the star. A quick and easy to use point-and-click interface, room for lots of data, as well as several 3D rendered objects. Animation of orbits, placing of routes, generation of random systems, as well as guides and other functions make this a very useful utility for astronomer, writer and gamer alike.
    Examples:http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaver...sweb/index.htm

    Title: Ortelius
    Vendor: Mapdiva, LLC
    Web Site: http://www.mapdiva.com
    Type: Vector
    Focus: Mapping
    Platform: Mac
    Price: $99USD STD EDITION
    Description:
    Ortelius is a map illustration program for Mac OS X. Features specialized cartography tools, hundreds of symbols and styles, feature labeling, scaled drawing, and ability to maintain map attribute data, GIS shapefile import, more.
    Examples:
    See Website

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    Another general purpose product I know is used a lot to make map/object art over at the DJ forums is Real-Draw http://www.mediachance.com/realdraw/ but I personally have no experience with it.

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    Post Perhaps we've got more than one list here...

    Perhaps we have the makings for a mapping software list, as well as a map object creator list... and perhaps 3D should be on its own list? I'd say the relief mapping tools belong in the mapping software list, however.

    I do think its a good idea to create these lists - could provide another asset on the forum, thus bringing in more members... thoughts.
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    Hmmm. Maybe make this the suggestion/nomination thread, and create a FAQ outside the message board? Then you could keep this thread sticky and have a link to the FAQ in the first post.
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    OK - I have cleaned up the list by taking it offline and can regenerate the posts on demand. Keep adding new thing, if you have suggestion, please.

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    I did not see one for Inkscape, I saw the software mentioned in several posts and came here to see if there was a software link.... and there wasn't ... but you can find it at http://www.inkscape.org/index.php?lang=en unless of course.. it is up there and i'm a moron and can't see it

    I don't have the stats on it, sorry I didn't put it in a format

    Also, is this goign to just consist of mapping software alone.. or will you have a category for things like useful tools that help mappers... like the name generator EBoN and things like that?
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    I'm surprised no-one's mentioned it yet, but you can use the Aurora toolset provided free with NWN to make area maps (Though large-scale overview maps aren't possible, that I've seen). The only problem I've come across with it is that there's no simple way to export a shot of a finished map, apart from upping the screen resolution and hitting "Print Screen" (Or using FRAPS).

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