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Cartography Programs?

Postby Voknali on Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:39 pm

Currently i'm using, well I should say 'exploring' Auto realms trying to figure out how to make a decent map from it. Does anyone know of any other free programs that are good for use or should I look to invest in an actual pay for program?
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Re: Cartography Programs?

Postby lyllamarie on Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:48 pm

The best programs are dreamweaver, illustrator for vector images, and photoshop. You can create image maps (the kind of images you can roll-over and click on) in photoshop for xhtml and html pages in both photoshop and dreamweaver -- which, I have photoshop. Yet they can be pretty pricey, even with the student discounts I get from my school ($200-$400 for CS4 package for example)

There are a lot of free programs which I do not remember off the top of my head, but there are ways to create image maps and to edit uploaded hand-drawn images also with some of these free programs. It just takes a lot of know-how.
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Re: Cartography Programs?

Postby Kesa on Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:08 pm

I know that PaintShop Pro offers a free trial to use, though Photoshop and Dreamweaver are superior, it offers most of the basic tools needed to edit/create images. PaintShop Pro 7 costs about $99 (US).

Though if you're creating a map, for about $50 (US) I believe you can purchase Campaign Cartographer. It's an excellent program to create overland maps. And sold separately unfortunately is city builder, made by the same people.
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Re: Cartography Programs?

Postby Yeardly on Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:31 am

I've some suggestions, if this is still a relevant topic; Campaign Cartographer and even RPGMaker.
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